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The Computed Tomography Imaging (CT) Career Studies online Certificate Program application deadline is June 30, 2015. If you are a Registered Radiologic Technologist interested in advancing your professional skills, be sure to apply.


Posted on June 16, 2015 in Campus News | Permalink

Manufacturing Town Hall open to public on Tuesday, June 16

VA Manufacturers Association

Please join the Virginia Manufacturers Association and sponsor Optical Cable Corporation for a Roanoke Regional Manufacturing Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, June 16, from 9:30 a.m.-Noon at Virginia Western Community College. The event is free and open to the public, and will be held in the ground floor of Fishburn Hall in the HR Training Room. Parking is available in Lot 7 (campus map and directions). See the agenda below.


9:30 AM – 10 AM

Networking & Light Refreshments

10 AM – 10:15 AM

Welcome and Introductions

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM

VMA Legislative Scorecard and 2015 General Assembly Wrap-Up Report - Brett Vassey, President & CEO

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Roundtable with Manufacturers

Discussion Topics:

  • International Trade Development – How do we grow manufactured exports 50% by 2020?  What resources are available to SMEs for international market development? Export financing?  Export insurance? Are traditional economic development strategies working for existing businesses?
  • Technology – Do Virginia’s tax policies punish industry for capital investment? How can companies use cybersecurity resources to harden systems and protect business continuity?
  • Regulation and Labor – Is Federal Government regulation out of control?

11:30 AM – Noon

  • Workforce Priorities Workshop – Industry-recognized Skills Credentials and the role of the Community Colleges, Private Schools and K-12 CTE & STEM Education.  Resources for students and employers.
  • Manufacturing Skills Institute & Dream It Do It Virginia: Closing the Workforce Skills Gap by 2020 and Inspiring Future Workers & Finding Funding  - Katherine DeRosear and Vanessa Rastberger, Manufacturing Skills Institute
  • Success Stories Within the Community College System – Dan Horine, Virginia Western Community College


Closing Comments – John Dyer, Optical Cable Corporation

Virginia Western Community College – Mechatronics Lab Tour (OPTION)






11:30AM – 12:00PM













Posted on June 15, 2015 in Campus News | Permalink

Chapman Hall hours of operation changes during orientation periods

Please be advised that most services in Chapman Hall will be closed from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. on the days of Discover Orientation Sessions. If you need assistance from Admissions, Advising, Financial Aid, Records or Retention Services, please plan accordingly.

Discover Orientation Session dates:

  • Thursday, June 4
  • Tuesday, June 9
  • Thursday, June 11
  • Tuesday, June 16
  • Thursday, June 18


Posted on June 1, 2015 in Campus News | Permalink

Plastics One supports Virginia Western’s Community College Access Program with $100,000 gift

Virginia Western Community College President Dr. Robert H. Sandel, Plastics One CEO David Wallenborn, Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation Executive Director Dr. Angela M. Garcia Falconetti).

Virginia Western Community College President Dr. Robert H. Sandel, Plastics One CEO David Wallenborn, Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation Executive Director Dr. Angela M. Garcia Falconetti).

Virginia Western Community College’s Educational Foundation held a naming ceremony for the Plastics One Student Information Center, in recognition of a $100,000 contribution by Plastics One to support Virginia Western’s Community College Access Program. A check presentation and reception was held onsite May 20 at the College’s newly renovated Student Life Center.

Plastics One is a plastic component manufacturer, providing custom design and manufacturing solutions to customers around the world.  Based in southwest Roanoke County, the firm has been serving industry since 1949, and the nearly 86,000-square-foot facility houses 325 employees.  Specializations include the design and build of custom medical and high-end audio cable assemblies with applications for entertainers, musicians, racecar drivers and individuals; and expert design and manufacturing of in-vivo neuroscience research components.

“We are a 100 percent employee-owned company, and we have always believed in giving back to the community,” said David Wallenborn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Plastics One. “Virginia Western is a high quality, low-cost option in higher education.  We have partnered with Virginia Western to offer workforce training and classes to our people, and our employees chose to support Virginia Western in order to help deserving students in the community achieve their dreams.”

The Virginia Western Community College Access Program (CCAP) is a series of public/private partnerships serving the entire Virginia Western service region, including the counties of Botetourt, Craig, Franklin and Roanoke and the cities of Roanoke and Salem. The program covers the cost of tuition for two years at Virginia Western for area high school graduates who meet program guidelines.  CCAP supports as many students as possible based on student need and available funds.

“There is nothing more valuable than ensuring that young people can achieve their aspirations through education,” said Dr. Robert Sandel, President of Virginia Western.  “Plastic One’s support for CCAP will make the dream of college a reality for so many talented individuals.”


For more information about CCAP, contact Carole Tarrant, Coordinator of Development, at (540) 857-6281 or ctarrant@virginiawestern.edu. For more information about Plastics One, contact Lydia Brantingham-Payne, Marketing Communications Manager, at (540) 772-7950.

Posted on May 26, 2015 in Campus News | Permalink

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