Virginia Western to host CCAP info sessions in November/December

Parents and students interested in learning more about Virginia Western’s Community College Access Program (CCAP) are invited to attend any of the public information sessions planned in November and December. The CCAP application period opens Jan. 6, 2016, and closes Feb. 29, 2016.  Administrators from the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation will be on hand to answer questions about CCAP, which provides up to two years of tuition for public high school graduates who meet program requirements.

Meetings are planned as follows:

Botetourt & Craig County High Schools at Greenfield Education & Training Center

Nov. 18, 6 p.m.


Franklin County High School 

Dec. 1, 6 p.m.


Roanoke City

William Fleming High School

Nov. 9, 6 p.m.

Patrick Henry High School

Nov. 11, 6 p.m.


Roanoke County

Roanoke County Public Schools Administrative Office, 5937 Cove Road

Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m.

William Byrd High School

Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Hidden Valley High School

Dec. 10, 6:30 pm.

Salem High School

Jan. 7, 6 p.m.

The Virginia Western Educational Foundation, a nonprofit affiliated with Virginia Western Community College, raises support for CCAP through a public/private funding partnership. Since 2009, more than 1,500 Roanoke Valley students have participated in the program.

For more information about CCAP, contact program coordinator Carolyn Payne at (540) 857-7544 or cpayne@virginiawestern.edu.

Posted on October 30, 2015 in Educational Foundation | Permalink

Virginia Western and Va. Employment Commission to hold community job fair on Dec. 2

The Hall Associates Career Center, in partnership with the Virginia Employment Commission, invite you to a Community Job Fair at Virginia Western Community College from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2, 2015. The Fair will be held in the Fralin Center for Science and Health Professions.

All students, alumni and members of the community are welcome to attend to learn about current employment opportunities in the Roanoke area in a variety of industries. Employers present at the fair will include: Carilion Clinic, Virginia Tech Human Resources, Randstad, Richfield Living, Friendship Retirement Community, Intercept Youth Services, Advance Auto Parts Store Support Center, and more. For more information, please contact the Hall Associates Career Center at (540) 857-7298.

Posted on November 24, 2015 in Campus News | Permalink

Latest edition of ‘Impact’ magazine highlights Virginia Western donors and new scholarships

The Winter 2016 edition of "Impact," a magazine and annual report published by the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation, is now available here online.

If you would like a print copy or more information, contact Carole Tarrant, Coordinator of Development, at ctarrant@virginiawestern.edu or (540) 857-6281.


Posted on November 23, 2015 in Educational Foundation | Permalink

New initiative provides financial assistance for non-credit career and technical programs

Virginia Western Community College announces a new initiative that provides financial assistance for students enrolling in career and technical education (CTE) programs leading to industry credentials or licenses. Financial Assistance for Noncredit Training leading to Industry Credentials (FANTIC) is a pilot program through Virginia Western’s Workforce Solutions that is now accepting applications from students who wish to pursue high-demand occupations.

FANTIC will cover the cost of tuition and industry testing for students who would not otherwise be able to receive financial aid. In the past, non-credit CTE or workforce programs have not been eligible for financial aid or funding. This new initiative, led by the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), seeks to address that issue and help drive the Commonwealth’s economy through an educated workforce. Virginia Western hopes to serve 144 students in achieving more than 200 credentials with the $200,000 one-year pilot program.

“Virginia Western is a key driver of the economy in the Roanoke Region and we focus on filling the workforce needs that are specific to our industries,” said Dr. Robert H. Sandel, President of Virginia Western. “This new funding will have a tremendous impact on our ability to train students who otherwise would be left behind. They will earn industry-recognized credentials that will lead to solid, high-paying careers.”

Among the programs of study being considered for FANTIC funding at Virginia Western are: Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), Industrial Maintenance, Pharmacy Technician, Medication Aide, Certified Medical Administrative Assistant, Basic Manufacturing, Welding, Certified Nursing Assistant and Certified Billing and Coding Specialist. Spring semester begins Jan. 11 and students can register for classes at www.virginiawestern.edu.

FANTIC funding for students is a competitive process. Students must meet income and program eligibility deadlines and submit an application through Virginia Western’s Workforce Solutions. Support is based on eligibility and available funds. For more information on criteria for FANTIC funding, contact Amanda Decker at adecker@virginiawestern.edu or 540-857-6279.

Posted on November 12, 2015 in Campus News | Permalink

Local Board member Jones awarded statewide honor for exemplary service

Virginia Western Community College announces that Forest G. Jones has been honored with the State Board for Community Colleges’ 2015 Chairman’s Award for College Board Member Exemplary Service. Dr. Glenn DuBois, Chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges, presented the award to Jones at a recent system-wide retreat in Roanoke. Jones is currently the Immediate Past Chairman of the Virginia Western Community College Local Advisory Board, which he joined in 2008 and which he chaired from 2012-14.

“Forest has made a tremendous impact on Virginia Western and our students’ lives during his service on the Virginia Western Community College Local Advisory Board,” said Dr. Robert H. Sandel, President of Virginia Western. “Among his numerous achievements, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Community College Access Program (CCAP) in Salem City.”

Jones’ support and dedication to CCAP grew from his career in education and public service in Salem. He began as a math teacher and coach in Campbell County Public Schools, and also served the school system as a principal and assistant principal before becoming Director of Administrative Services for Salem City Public Schools from 1982-1987. Jones served as Salem’s Assistant City Manager from 1987-2000 and as City Manager from 2000-2008.

CCAP, which provides tuition funding at Virginia Western for up to two years for area high school graduates who meet program requirements, began with Salem High School in 2008. Since that time, with the assistance of Jones and the Local Advisory Board, the Virginia Western Educational Foundation and its Board of Directors has expanded CCAP to cover all of Virginia Western’s service region.

“Mr. Jones’ support translated into providing students with the opportunity to attend Virginia Western tuition-free,” said J. Kenneth Randolph, President of the Virginia Western Educational Foundation’s Board of Directors. “CCAP served, in 2014 alone, approximately 464 full-time students. The Educational Foundation in December of 2014 received over $5 million for CCAP alone.”

In addition to CCAP, Jones supported the construction of what is now recognized as The Horace G. and Anne H. Fralin Center for Science and Health Professions and the newly renovated Student Life Center. He advocated for the health professions as the primary employment and economic driver for the Roanoke region and the Student Life Center as a hub for student life, engagement, and in turn, retention.

“I know Mr. Jones to be a highly intelligent, talented, dedicated, and kind individual who is committed to the growth and economic development of the Roanoke region,” said Gerald Burgess, Chairman of the Local Advisory Board. “Mr. Jones is convinced that Virginia Western is the primary economic driver for the region. Through participation in numerous local and statewide Boards, Mr. Jones increased awareness of the mission of Virginia’s Community Colleges as economic engines and mobilized the College’s mission as such.”

After many years of working with Jones in Salem and on the Local Advisory Board, James W. McAden, President of Balzer and Associates and Past President of the Salem Rotary Club said, “As an exemplary leader, Mr. Jones strongly believed that the Board members maintained the responsibility to represent the College in the form of ambassadors throughout the College’s service district.”

Completing post-graduate work at Virginia Tech in Administration and additional graduate work at the University of Virginia and William & Mary College, Jones received his Bachelor’s in Math from Livingstone College in Salisbury, N.C. and Master’s in Math and Science from Randolph College in Lynchburg.

Married to Betty C. Jones, a retired reading teacher at South Salem Elementary School, for 41 years, Jones is the father of Forest Jones Jr., the principal at Andrew Lewis Middle School and Anton Jones, a teacher at Salem High School.

Posted on November 9, 2015 in Campus News | Permalink

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