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November 19, 2013

Scheduled WEPA Upgrades

On Friday, November 22, 2013 at 3:00 AM CST, WEPA will perform upgrades to our document conversion component and our kiosk application.  The document conversion component will be changed to prevent an extra page being added to some duplex print jobs that are submitted via our website and mobile apps, and this also includes changes to improve print speed.  The kiosk application changes are performance enhancements and there are no changes to user functions. During this upgrade web and mobile uploads as well as the kiosk application may be temporarily unavailable.

Stop the Hunger Concert

Friday, November 22nd @ 6:00PM-11:00PM in Whitman Theater; Donation $3

Following the success of the Save the Music Concert last semester, the Human Rights Club and the Audio-Visual Club will be hosting another charity concert for the Thanksgiving holiday. ALL proceeds will benefit Feeding America Southwest Virginia Donation $3; concessions will be available.

Performers include the spectacular local talents of The Off BrandThe Taubmen, Of Company, SharayahGaffer ProjectSexy Summertime, Samuel Wilson, Maggie Oakes-Chitwood, and Keria Jennings!


Project Management Professional Certification (BUSC - 58663 AC1 and 58672 AC2) Thursday 1/9/14 - 3/13/14 (6:00pm-9:30pm) or Thursday 3/27/14 - 5/29/14
This 10-week course is designed to prepare students for the PMP Certification exam. It reviews the concepts of Project Management as defined by the Project Management Institute, the accrediting body for project management. It will also fulfill the requirement for 35 contact hours of project management education for individuals seeking PMP certification (visit http://www.pmi.org/CareerDevelopment/Pages/Obtaining-Credential.aspx for more information). Contact Paulette Parkhill 540-857-6514 or pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu

Intro to Basics, Families Creation and Advanced Revit Techniques (CADD 2153 AC1 and AC2) Thursday (6:00pm-9:45pm) 1/16/14 - 3/6/14  or Thursday 3/20/14 - 5/8/14 This (8) week non-credit course will expand on the knowledge of the foundations of Revit and further develop integrated floor plans, coordinate systems, drawing families, massing, extruding, dimensions, creation and editing. Pre Req: CAD drafting experience. Contact Paulette Parkhill 540-857-6514 or pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu

QuickBooks for Business Workshop (ACCT 2195 - AC2) Thursday 1/9/14 - 1/23/14 (6:00pm-9:00pm) - Lean tips and tricks for using QuickBooks to manage your accounting records, freeing up time for you to grow your business. This in-depth workshop will help you succeed! Pre-Req: ACC-110 or prior experience using QuickBooks. Contact Paulette Parkhill 540-857-6514 or pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu

Food for Thought Family Night Out (KIDS 2437 AC1 and AC2) Wednesday (6:00pm-8:00pm) 1/22/14, 2/5/14, 2/19/14  or Wednesday 3/12/14, 3/26/14, 4/9/14  http://www.virginiawestern.edu/workforce/docs/familynightoutflyer.pdf  Contact Paulette Parkhill 540-857-6514 or pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu

Sewing/Construction & Pattern Drafting (LLRN 2700 - 6 sessions, one per week for 6 consecutive weeks on THURSDAYS) 3/6/14 - 4/10/14 Click this link for more details- http://virginiawestern.edu/workforce/classes/sewing.php - This is your opportunity to learn sewing skills and specialized techniques used by top European and domestic designers from an industry expert. Eric Stiles, a former supervisor and head tailor and fitter for Giorgio Armani, Polo Ralph Lauren, and many others, has more than 35 years of professional experience. Contact Paulette Parkhill 540-857-6514 or pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu

Industrial Maintenance Technician (17 Weeks, 20 Hours/Week, 340 Total Hours) This VWCC Quick Connect Intensive Industrial Maintenance Technician's program introduces students to the knowledge and skills they will need to work in manufacturing or industrial plants. Entry level industrial maintenance technicians call upon a variety of skills in electronics, mechanical and digital systems to repair and maintain large and complex machines. Through on-line, classroom and hands-on training, students will build skills in an array of mechanical, electrical and technological areas including welding and maintenance, mechanical systems, hydraulic and pneumatic systems, and electrical control systems. Students will use a variety of resources including Tooling University from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. For additional program information, please contact Leah Coffman at 857-6678; James Smith at 857-6273; or contact a VWCC Career Transition Coach at 857-6296 (Deb Squire) or 857-6279 (Amanda Decker)

VWCC Quick Connect: Welding & AWS Certification http://virginiawestern.edu/workforce/programs/welding.php
Students will learn GMAW and FCAW welding methods. Credentials from this class include an OSHA 10 Certification, a Commonwealth of Virginia Career Readiness Certificate (CRC), and an American Welding Society (AWS) Certification. The course meets over 64 hours. Dates, times, and frequency will be determined each semester. At the end of the course, students will weld inspection coupons which will be forwarded to a Certified Welding Instructor (CWI). Successful students will receive an AWS certification. An additional three hours are required for CRC testing. For more information, contact James Smith at 540-857-6273 or jesmith@virginiawestern.edu.

An Ophthalmic Assistant is a person who works with an Ophthalmologist or Optometrist to provide patient care by performing many different eye related clinical functions. Their Work provides the ophthalmologist/optometrist with important information to help diagnose and treat patients.

This training will provide the technical information in the classroom to secure a job as an Ophthalmic Assistant.  Some basic “hands on” skills with equipment will also be covered. This class focuses on the information/academics needed to work in the field.  There are many pieces of equipment used on the job you will learn about but will not do “the hands on” in using the equipment until you are employed. This class will give you a distinct advantage on others applying for the job of Ophthalmic Assistant.  You will know about the job, the medical aspects of the job, and the demands of the job that an applicant without the training will not have.

The class will be held 2 nights per week (TBD) from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for 12 weeks. Classes are scheduled to begin in January, 2014. Cost: $750. If you are interested or want more information contact: Dan Semones at dsemones@virginiawestern.edu, 540-857-6476


EMPLOYEE HOLIDAY LUNCHEON will be held on Friday, December 6th, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose room in the Fralin Center.

Our meal will be caterer by A Cut Above Catering. PLEASE register prior to the event so that we can make sure we can make sure we order the correct amount of food. The difference of 100 people equates to over $1,000. Please register by noon on November 22nd.


New Horizons Registration

Registration for the 2014 New Horizons Conference has been opened. The website to register is http://www.cvent.com/events/2014-vccs-new-horizons-conference-participant-registration/event-summary-4d69b6a28adf45a3a390c20e2d132b4a.aspx. The dates for this year’s conference are April 9-11, 2014 at the Hotel Roanoke.

The College will pay the early bird registration fee for any full-time faculty or staff member who asked for this on their professional development application. The early bird rate is available through February 19, 2014. On the registration form, use the name Fred Aaron as the college official authorizing payment and select “College Pay” in the payment window.


Lot 15 Schedule

The new Lot 15 will not be open to the public until after the Thanksgiving holiday break. There are still many details such as signs, curb stops, hooking up lighting, final landscaping and other work occuring in the lot in preparation for its opening. Please continue to park elsewhere as long as the orange barrier with "Closed" sign is at the lots entrance. It will be a wonderful place to park after the detailing is completed. Thank you.


There are senior citizens in the Roanoke area who are unlikely to receive gifts this Christmas. Virginia Western is participating in the “Be A Santa to a Senior” program, sponsored by Home Instead. Pick a person, and provide the gifts they have requested. Or donate gift cards or money and we will buy the gifts.

Norma wants: stamps, a Neil Diamond CD and Kroger gift card. She enjoys art and taking photos.

John wants: socks, a jogging suit and pajamas. His favorite color is blue.

William wants: some socks, a stocking hat and some T-shirts.

Gift tags are in Workforce Solutions: Thomas Center, Room 105. If you would like to participate by purchasing gifts or donating money or gift cards, come to Workforce Solutions, Thomas Center, Rm 105 to pick a person. Or contact Dana Asciolla, 7-6675, DAsciolla@virginiawestern.edu or Deb Squire, 7-6296, dsquire@virginiawestern.edu, and we will make sure you get to Brighten a Seniors Holiday.  GIFTS MUST BE PROVIDED BY  2 pm MONDAY DECEMBER 2, 2013.

Thanks for your assistance.


Win a trip to NYC!

"The Armed Forces Student Association and Student Council have teamed up to bring you the best raffle of the year. Tickets are on sale now to win a trip to
NYC March 1-3, 2014. The trip includes 2 nights at the Wellington Hotel, 2 meals, admission to The American Museum of Natural History, Top of the Rock and
a tour of the NBC Studios at Rockefeller Center. This great trip could be yours!

Tickets will be on sale during the AFSA meetings this Tuesday 11/19 and Wednesday 11/20 at 3pm in the Thomas Center. Other sale times will be announced
soon. Tickets are $5 for 1 and $20 for 5! The drawing will be held on January 10th so make sure you get your tickets!

*Prize does not include spending money and the winner is subject to the hold harmless agreement with VWCC and Abbott Trailways.  Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Signups for students will not begin until December 4th, 2013. For further information about the trip and the raffle contact Matthew Jones via email at mjones0373@email.vccs.edu"

Professional Networking 101

Know Students or Alumni that need information on how to  grow their professional network? 

Have Students or Alumni looking for a job in thier field but unsure of how to find  good connections?


DATE: Wednesday, November 20th

TIME: 12:15-12:45pm   OR    5:15-5:45pm

LOCATION: Hall Career Center - Thomas Center Room 202

Please preregister to attend with the Hall Career Center with your name, student email, and phone number at 857-7298, careercenter@virginiawestern.edu or by stopping by the Hall Career Center  in Thomas Center 202.

Changes in Brown Library – Please Read!

Changes in Brown Library Building

“Ch–Ch–Ch–Ch-Changes” is the chorus from the popular 1971 song, “Changes” by David Bowie.  “Ch–Ch–Ch–Ch–Changes” also describes what’s going on in the Brown Library building.

Library Services Have Moved!

All library services for Virginia Western students have moved to a spacious new dwelling on the top level (2nd floor) of the library building.  This floor has been designated as a “quiet floor” and is the perfect peaceful location for reading and quiet study. Five comfortable study rooms are available for currently-enrolled students to use. Traditional print resources (books, magazines, newspapers and journals) are also available on this floor, along with access to library databases, other electronic resources and guidelines for creating source citations.  The Library’s circulation and reference desks are also now located on the top floor.

The Academic Link Has also Moved! 

What? You didn’t know we had an Academic Link? We do. Since the beginning of the fall semester, The Academic Link has been the name of VWCC’s tutoring/academic success programs. The one-on-one/group tutoring programs, academic skills coaching and the Math Center have moved up from the ground floor of the library building to the main level (1st floor), now to be known as the Link Learning Commons.

With this move many things will stay the same. The computers are still open to all, the study rooms and classroom can still be reserved, the Academic Link staff (like the library staff) will still help anyone with questions, and the good old WEPA machines will still print for anyone with an account or a card. The biggest change, in fact, may be that the Link Learning Commons will be a place for collaborative active learning.  With tutors working with students, small study groups meeting and our very active Math Center, the main floor of Brown Library may not be the same quiet study space many have come to know.  However we hope that students, faculty and staff will find the Link Learning Commons to be a comfortable and invigorating place to study, learn and work.


Whether you need a quiet place to study, help with a research project, the answer to a basic technology question, a place to meet with a study group, or a tutor to help you ace that class, the Academic Link staff and the library’s Reference and Circulation staff are here to help you out. Come see us soon!