Virginia Western librarian awarded prestigious national public service honor

Hurt is one of only 10 to receive Carnegie Corporation/New York Times-sponsored award

On Tuesday at a ceremony in New York, Virginia Western Community College librarian Lynn Hancock Hurt received the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award for her outstanding public service to the community and ongoing commitment to changing lives through education. Hurt is one of only 10 librarians within the United States recognized this year for this esteemed honor.

"This is an amazing award, and I could not think of an individual more deserving than Lynn," said Dr. Robert H. Sandel, President of Virginia Western. "In her 26 years at the college, Lynn has consistently shown dedication to improving our students' education. Her work at Brown Library has been integral to the success of many of our graduates."

Hurt has transformed the Brown Library into a positive force at the community college by modernizing the facility to meet the needs of 21st century learners. Efforts began from the ground up, as she worked with contractors on the new library renovation, while continuing to serve the school’s students, faculty and staff. Improvements include a technology center and collaborative study spaces.

Maintaining the vision of the college as a “student-oriented center for lifelong learning,” Hurt is known for her ability to identify ways the library can engage more with student life, and is an active member of the book selection committee for “Roanoke Valley Reads,” a community-wide reading experience that promotes reading on campus.

Hurt also works to provide outreach to traditional and distance-learning students who previously have had little library interaction. One creative way was by assisting on a fun infomercial explaining the library resources and services available to all students.

Hurt received a $5,000 prize at an award ceremony and reception hosted by The New York Times.

"What an amazing night! This has been an experience that I will never forget," Hurt said. "I am proud to represent Virginia Western and help spread the word about the great work being done at the college."

As part of the award process, library users nominate librarians in public, school, college, community college and university libraries. This year more than 1,000 library patrons submitted detailed stories regarding how their librarian had an impact on their communities and lives.

There are a total of 165,986 certified librarians in the United States and more than 200,000 dedicated library workers who connect people with the information access and critical resources they need to support lifelong learning.

A complete list of the 2014 I Love My Librarian Award recipients can be found at ilovelibraries.org/ilovemylibrarian.

Posted on December 5, 2014 in Campus News | Permalink

Virginia Western announces expanded offerings for Franklin Center

The Franklin Center

Virginia Western Community College is providing greatly expanded coursework, training, services and transfer opportunities at the Franklin Center in Rocky Mount, including new classes for the Spring Semester 2015. As the primary community college serving Franklin County, Virginia Western is helping make the Franklin Center a one-stop shop for higher education in the area.

Virginia Western and Patrick Henry Community College cooperatively served Franklin County for many years. Through a mutual agreement established before the 2014-15 academic year, Virginia Western will solely serve the county in the future following the current brief transitional phase. Franklin County will officially be completely part of Virginia Western's service area effective July 1, 2015.

“We have been extremely pleased with how the transition phase has gone, and we foresee continued growth for the services and opportunities Virginia Western can provide to Franklin County,” said Dr. Robert H. Sandel, President of Virginia Western. “This Spring Semester, we will offer three-to-four times the number of courses at the Franklin Center that we have had in the past. At the same time, we are working with more businesses and industries in Franklin County to assist with their non-credit training needs.”

In addition to courses in everything from accounting to religion this Spring Semester, Virginia Western will offer healthcare courses to help students become Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) and Medication Aides. Spring Semester open enrollment is now underway, and students can sign up for classes at www.virginiawestern.edu.

Students attending Virginia Western courses at the Franklin Center have the ability to use the college’s numerous guaranteed admission agreements with Virginia’s top universities. They can enjoy seamless transfer to colleges such as Virginia Tech, the University of Virginia and Radford University; and they can participate in Virginia Western-exclusive articulation agreements for programs of study at Ferrum College, Jefferson College of Health Sciences, James Madison University, Old Dominion University, Purdue University, Roanoke College and more.“I tell parents all the time that the most affordable choice they can make is to send their children to Virginia Western for two years and then, if they choose to, let them transfer to a university to complete their bachelor’s degree,” Dr. Sandel said. “The cost savings are incredible for the same high-quality education, and that’s even before you consider that two years at Virginia Western may be tuition-free through the Community College Access Program.”

The Community College Access Program (CCAP) is a public/private partnership that makes college available tuition-free to graduates of public high schools in the localities of Botetourt County, Craig County, Franklin County, Roanoke City, Roanoke County and Salem. CCAP is also available to Franklin County homeschooled students. In combination with federal/state financial aid, CCAP may cover the cost of tuition for up to two years at Virginia Western.

In Fall Semester 2014, 68 students from Franklin County participated in CCAP. The 2015 CCAP application period is from Jan. 5, 2015-Feb. 27, 2015. There will be an information session for Franklin County students and their parents interested in CCAP from 6-8 p.m. on Dec. 11 at Franklin County High School. The backup date in the case of inclement weather is from 6-8 p.m. on Dec. 17, also at Franklin County High School. For more information on CCAP, visit www.virginiawestern.edu/ccap.

The class offerings at the Franklin Center mean that many Franklin County CCAP students can earn their credits without having to drive to Virginia Western’s 70-acre main campus in Roanoke. The center has computer labs and Wi-Fi service, so students can take classes online, as well as services such as test proctoring, placement testing, assistance with admissions and financial aid.

The Franklin Center is also a resource for businesses seeking customized training or certification for their employees. Through Virginia Western’s Workforce Solutions, non-credit classes can be designed and provided to aid professional development and help the bottom line. To learn more about workforce training opportunities in Franklin County, contact Mike Greer at 540-483-0179 ext. 2116 or mgreer@virginiawestern.edu.

Current courses being offered at the Franklin Center during Spring Semester 2015 include:

Principles of Accounting II-ACC 212
Principles of Public Speaking-CST 100
College Composition II-ENG 112
United States History II-HIS 122
First Aid & CPR-HLT 100
Certified Nursing Assistant-HLTH 2528
Medication Aid-HLTH 2529
Intro to Computer Applications-ITE 115
Math for the Liberal Arts I-MTH 151
Elementary Statistics-MTH 157
Developmental Math I-MTT 1
Developmental Math II-MTT 2
Developmental Math III-MTT 3
Developmental Math IV-MTT 4
U.S. Government I-PLS 211
Developmental Psychology-PSY 230
Survey of the Old Testament-REL 200

Posted on November 24, 2014 in Campus News | Permalink

Join us for CCAP info sessions on Dec. 4 and Jan. 15

Virginia Western Community College will host on-campus information sessions regarding the Community College Access Program (CCAP) at 6 p.m. on Dec. 4 and Jan. 15 in Whitman Theater. Area high school students and their parents can learn about CCAP requirements and have their questions answered by college advisors. The 2015 CCAP application period is from Jan. 5, 2015-Feb. 27, 2015.

CCAP is a public/private partnership that makes college available tuition-free to graduates of public high schools in the localities of Botetourt County, Craig County, Franklin County, Roanoke City, Roanoke County and Salem. CCAP is also available to Franklin County homeschooled students. In combination with federal/state financial aid, CCAP covers the cost of tuition for up to two years at Virginia Western.

Students and parents attending the information sessions will learn more about the CCAP requirements and the application process. In the event of a college closing due to inclement weather, there will be a makeup information session at 6 p.m. on Jan. 22 in Whitman Theater.
For more information about CCAP, visit www.virginiawestern.edu/ccap. For directions to campus and Whitman Theater, visit: http://www.virginiawestern.edu/about/visitingvwcc.php.


Posted on November 19, 2014 in Campus News | Permalink

Virginia Western to host National Remembrance Day Roll Call on Veterans Day

Virginia Western Community College will host a National Remembrance Day Roll Call beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday (Veterans Day) at its flag pole area in the Court of Four Seasons. Volunteers will read the names of every U.S. military member killed in action since September 11, 2001.

In addition to the roll call and a ceremony honoring fallen military members, Virginia Western has planted Flags for the Fallen in the Community Arboretum along Colonial Avenue.

Virginia Western has been named a Military Friendly School for the services and programs offered to military students. This fall, 289 self-reported veterans enrolled at Virginia Western along with 386 other military-affiliated students.

The college opened its Military Student Center this fall semester in Anderson Hall as a resource for students. Multiple studies have shown that one-stop centers, away from primary administration offices, are strongly preferred by military students. First-time students are often apprehensive about going to college after the service, and a designated center helps them feel comfortable. The Military Student Center offers staff assistance with veterans financial aid benefits, admissions and enrollment and it offers computers, a kitchenette and lounge area for military-affiliated students.

The college also boasts an Armed Forces Student Association and a chapter of SALUTE, the national honor society for veterans. In August, the Armed Forces Student Association hosted the first Boots2Books 5k to raise funds for the Virginia Western Educational Foundation’s Veterans Assistance Fund. More than 113 runners participated and more than $15,000 total was raised.


Posted on November 5, 2014 in Campus News | Permalink

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