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New study shows economic impact of Virginia Western on region

A new study shows that Virginia Western Community College creates a significant positive impact on the region’s economy, generating a strong return on investment for students, society and taxpayers. Demonstrating the Economic Value of Virginia Western Community College, which was conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), shows that during fiscal year 2012-13, Virginia Western and its alumni added $293.9 million to economy of its service region, which includes Roanoke City, the City of Salem, Roanoke County, Craig County, southern Botetourt County, and Franklin County.

Virginia Western commissioned the economic study as part of the ongoing development of its new organizational strategic plan: Success 2021. Along with the economic data, the college has also collected input from students, faculty and staff, alumni, veterans, community members and businesses through focus groups and surveys.

“We always strive to collaborate with our local businesses and industries to create curriculum and training programs that will drive the Roanoke Region’s economy,” said Dr. Robert H. Sandel, President of Virginia Western. “This report is very encouraging as it shows in hard numbers the great work we are doing. A Virginia Western education leads to higher individual salaries, more productive local businesses and higher tax revenues.”

Some of the major findings of the EMSI study include:

  • Virginia Western created a $293.9 million economic impact on the region in fiscal year 2012-13. Included in that is $262.9 million in alumni impact and $31 million in operations spending impact.
  • The $293.9 million in added income to the economy is approximately equal to 2.2 percent of the Gross Regional Product.
  • For every $1 spent by students on a Virginia Western education, they gain $2.70 in lifetime income.
  • For every $1 spent by society on Virginia Western, it gains $7.20 in added state income and social savings.
  • For every $1 spent by taxpayers on Virginia Western, they gain $5.70 in added taxes and public sector savings.
  • The added income created by Virginia Western and its students supported 6,845 job equivalents in the region.

To view key facts from the EMSI study or the complete report, visit: http://www.virginiawestern.edu/about/success2021/analysis.php.

Posted on April 13, 2015 in Campus News | Permalink

Yancey named Virginia Western 2015 Distinguished Alumni

yanceyThe Virginia Western Educational Foundation is pleased to recognize Deborah A. Yancey, Class of ‘97 and ’98, as its 2015 Distinguished Alumni.  The award was presented at the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation Annual Awards Ceremony, held March 25.  Yancey received the award from the 2014 Distinguished Alumni award winner, Virginia Western Police Chief Craig Harris.

Established in 2006 by the Virginia Western Alumni Association, the Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes Virginia Western Community College alumni and former students who have attained extraordinary distinction in their professional field or life and serves to honor all the men and women whose attendance at Virginia Western helped them achieve their educational and professional goals allowing them to better serve their communities.

“Debbie is well-known for the constant, compassionate dedication displayed toward her students,” said Dr. Angela Falconetti, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of Virginia Western’s Educational Foundation.  “Debbie has always been a favorite teacher and valued colleague, and is a courageous, creative and graceful leader. She embodies the true spirit of service, scholarship and accomplishment that defines a 2015 Distinguished Alumni.”

Yancey’s relationship with Virginia Western began in 1996, when she became a student as well as a part-time tutor.  She completed an associate’s degree in Accounting with cum laude honors in May 1997, receiving another associate’s degree in Management, again cum laude, in December of that same year.  She received a third AAS in Banking & Finance from VWCC in 1998.   She received her BA in Accounting from Radford University in 2000, and she achieved a Master’s of Business Administration from Averett University in 2003.

Yancey became an adjunct faculty instructor in 2003, moving to full time within a few years.  She continued to teach until 2014, and currently serves the College as Dean of Business, Technology and Trades.

Her commitment to student success is nowhere more evident than in her Suits for Students initiative.

Striving to best prepare students for their futures, Yancey had her students undergo “mock real-world interviews.”  The exercise required students to actually prepare and present themselves for an appointment with a new employer.

Knowing that dressing for success is not always possible for everyone, Yancey collected suits for the students to borrow if needed.  To do so, she gathered donations or purchased the suits herself. These suits have since been donated to the Hall Associates Career Center on campus to continue to help Virginia Western students make the transition to real-world success.

For more information about the Distinguished Alumni nomination process or Alumni Relations, contact Amanda Mansfield, Donor Relations Coordinator, at (540) 857-6926 or amansfield@virginiawestern.edu.

Posted on March 26, 2015 in Campus News, Educational Foundation | Permalink

Upcoming changes to Admissions/Advising hours

Please note the following upcoming changes to the Admissions Office and Advising Center Hours:

Admissions Office:

Closed Friday, March 27th from 2-3 pm

Advising Center:

Closed Wednesday, March 25th from 3-4 pm
Closed Friday, March 27th from 2-3 pm
Closed Wednesday, April 8th from 3-4 pm
Closed Thursday, April 9th from 3-4 pm

The Records and Financial Aid Offices will not be impacted. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Posted on March 20, 2015 in Campus News | Permalink

Virginia Western racquetball team wraps up season strong

The Virginia Western Community College racquetball team finishes its first season in the MidAtlantic Collegiate Racquetball Conference in seventh place out of 15 teams. The conference is open to colleges and universities in Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Delaware, West Virginia, east Tennessee and the District of Columbia.

Four team members: Nick Taylor, Cedric Hall, Ansel Steele and Kaitlin Wray represented Virginia Western this past season.  What makes their achievement noteworthy is that they competed against other colleges who fielded teams of up to sixteen players.  Students may compete in one of four divisions against others at the same skill level in both singles and doubles.  Tournaments are conducted in the Olympic format thereby ensuring each student with multiple matches.  Participants earn points for their individual rankings as well as for their respective colleges.

The Virginia Western team practices at the Kirk Family YMCA and is coached by former college instructor Phil Wheeler, who also serves as the commissioner of the conference. Assistant to the Dean of Student Services, Bonny Wheeler, is the team advisor and serves as the assistant commissioner of the conference.

The racquetball club is seeking new members.  For more information, students may contact: Bonny Wheeler in Chapman Hall (C102) or by phone 540-857-6348. Coach Phil Wheeler at vadriveserve@gmail.com or by phone 540-721-9035.

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