Virginia Western announces Distinguished Alumni and Impact Awards

Virginia Western Community College and the Virginia Western Educational Foundation recently honored Campus Police Chief Craig S. Harris and J. David Wine with Distinguished Alumni Awards for 2014. The Powell Charitable Foundation was selected for the Community College Impact Award.

Chief Craig Harris and FamilyHarris, who has been the college’s Chief of Police since 2005, earned his Associate’s Degree from Virginia Western in 2000. His work at Virginia Western has resulted in numerous recognitions for campus safety. Prior to graduating from Virginia Western, Harris was a Sergeant in the Investigations Division of the Vinton Police Department. He also holds an Administration of Justice degree from Bluefield College and a Master’s Degree in Business Management from Liberty University.

“Chief Harris is an extremely deserving recipient of our Distinguished Alumni Award,” said Dr. Angela M. Falconetti, Vice President of Institutional Advancement. “Not only is he a role model for our students showing what they can achieve if they dedicate themselves, but he is also on campus every day ensuring that the College is as safe as it can possibly be. We thank him for his continued service to Virginia Western.”

In addition to Harris, Wine was also honored with a 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award. Wine, a 1973 graduate, has been a long-time supporter of the college and had a successful career as an entrepreneur. He recently joined the Virginia Western Educational Foundation Board of Directors. After beginning his career in respiratory therapy at Pulaski Hospital, Wine started his own company – Advanced Healthcare Services – selling in-home nursing care equipment. He sold Advanced Healthcare Services in 1998 and has supported the community through work with numerous organizations including the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, the Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke College, Hollins University and Carilion Clinic.

The Powell Charitable Foundation was recognized for its philanthropic work in support of Virginia Western. Started at the request of the late Paul A. Powell Sr., the Foundation pledged $200,000 to Virginia Western’s Community College Access Program (CCAP) in 2012. Mary Powell Roberts, Peggy Dowell Daniel (now deceased), William N. Powell, Paul A. Powell Jr. and John D. Powell have continued their father’s legacy by ensuring that college is possible for all the region’s high school graduates.

Posted on April 1, 2014 in Campus News | Permalink

Virginia Western Workforce administrator honored with Chancellor’s Award

Virginia Western Community College Workforce Solutions administrative officer Dan Semones was honored recently with the 2013 Virginia Community College System Chancellor’s Award in the area of Occupational Instruction and Services.

In the 2012-13 fiscal year, Semones had an increase of revenues of 137 percent over 2011-12 with a 22.4 percent increase in enrollment (1,350 students); and 33,473 class contact hours. Semones was personally responsible for bringing in more than $540,000 in revenues to Workforce Solutions. He found a strong partner to provide Virginia Western with a non-credit Commercial Driver’s License (CDL-A) program that has provided training to over 275 individuals to date and has placed 261 in employment.

“The goal of my efforts at Virginia Western has always been to help students get the skills and training they need to build a rewarding career,” said Semones, who has worked at the college for 7 years. “It is really humbling to earn such recognition, and it gives me great affirmation of my efforts.”

Semones has coordinated a wide range of programs in Workforce Solutions, from CDL-A to Ophthalmic Assistant and Pharmacy Technician. In addition to helping individual students, Workforce Solutions provides continuing education, up-to-date training information, resources, and support services to existing businesses and the community, as well as to potential business and industry.

To find out more about Workforce Solutions and what programs are offered, visit: http://virginiawestern.edu/workforce.

Posted on February 20, 2014 in Campus News | Permalink

Virginia Western Team Name

Virginia Western is accepting suggestions to change the name of its sports teams. These sports include men's basketball, men's soccer, women's basketball, women's volleyball, and other intramural teams. The current team name is the Virginia Western Blue Stars.

What would be a great name for our teams?




Posted on in Campus News | Permalink

Chapman Hall Spring Break Hours

Chapman Hall will be open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., March 3rd-6th; and 8 a.m.-4 p.m., March 7th.

Posted on in Campus News | Permalink

VWCC Alerts

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

Get more info and register