Information and Educational Technologies

Technology for Students

Virginia Western has a variety of tools and technical resources available to you to help you do everything from enroll in classes and access course assignments, to check your email and apply for financial aid.

Blackboard

Blackboard is a course management system that is maintained by the Virginia Community College System. It allows you to access your course assignments, course announcements, and discuss course issues via the course discussion board.

Blackboard is Web-based, so there is nothing for you to install or download. All you need is an account and an Internet connection. Blackboard works with both Windows and Macintosh computers. You can access Blackboard using most Web browsers, but it performs best with an up-to-date version of Internet Explorer.

Access Blackboard by using the same username and password you use to open MyVWCC.

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Computer Labs

The Business Science Building room M302 hosts an open lab for enrolled students. There are 40 workstations available, half with all of the current semester Engineering software installed and the other half with all of the current semester ITE, Business, and Accounting software. There are lab assistants available to help students get started with their projects.

The Academic Link also houses a couple of computer labs.

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Email

The Virginia Community College System student email is hosted by Google Apps. The Google email system provides you with a very reliable and secure way to send and receive email. Emails are delivered through a web browser and email addresses will not change.

For help with Email check out the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding student email.

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MyVWCC

MyVWCC is your central source for accessing essential student information at your convenience. MyVWCC gives you the ability to handle a variety of tasks from searching and registering for classes, dropping classes, and reviewing your financial aid award. You may also make tuition payments and manage your personal information through the Student Center. By using one logon and password, you have a common point of entry for accessing Blackboard, your VCCS email account and the Student Information System.

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Online Class schedules

The Online Class Schedule is updated each morning to provide a fresh new list of classes each day for registration. The information is categorized by many different topics to facilitate your search and registration.

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Wireless Network

Virginia Western Community College offers the convenience of a wireless network to its campus community. All access through the network may be monitored and logged. Any illegal use of the wireless network will be reported to the proper authorities.

Wireless Security

VWWiFi is an open unencrypted network. Be aware that others may be able to view the information you transmit over an unencrypted wireless system. Due to the unrestricted nature of this service, the wireless network should not be considered secure. We offer this service as a convenience to our college community. Activities on the Internet that transmit sensitive or private information are not suited for this service. Please use caution and your own good judgment as you surf the Web on our open wireless system.

VWCCWiFi is a secure wireless network which is available to all currently enrolled students and all VCCS faculty and staff. This secure encrypted network requires the use of your MyVWCC username and password for authentication.

wireless policy

VCCS Computer Resource Policy Agreement - Wireless Access

Please read carefully!

Computer resources (equipment, software and bandwidth) referred to as resources throughout this document, are to be used in support of the mission of the college.

No user shall attempt to alter or modify the setup of resources. Activities that detrimentally impact the effectiveness or usability of VWCC resources are prohibited.

No user shall use any resource in an activity which violates federal, state, or local laws.

Activities and use of VWCC resources may be monitored, tracked and recorded. This may include your IP address, MAC address and any information sent or received.

State Law (Article 7.1 of Title 18.2 of the Code of Virginia).

The following are considered misdemeanor crimes.
(18.2-152.4) Damage to computer hardware or software.
(18.2-152.5) Unauthorized examination.
(18.2-152.6) Unauthorized use.

The following are felony crimes.
(18.2-152.3) Computer fraud.
(18.2-152.14) Computer used as an instrument of forgery.

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VWCC

VWCC Alerts

We use VW Alert to immediately contact you during a major crisis or emergency.

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