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Virginia Western will be closed for day and night classes on Friday, 2/14/14, due to severe winter weather. Have a happy and safe Valentine's Day!

Posted on February 12, 2014 in Announcements | Permalink

Virginia Western named to national field of colleges eligible for 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence

Virginia Western Community College has been selected as one of only 150 community colleges nationally eligible to apply for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The Aspen Prize recognizes one outstanding community college for its academic and workforce outcomes every two years. The 2015 Aspen Prize winner will be awarded $1 million.

“It is tremendous honor to be deemed eligible to compete for the Aspen Prize,” said Dr. Robert H. Sandel, President of Virginia Western. “To be recognized among the top community colleges in the nation validates our efforts to help students achieve their academic and career goals at Virginia Western.”

The Aspen Prize recognizes institutions for exceptional student outcomes in four areas: student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings, and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students.

The Aspen Prize was first awarded in 2011 to Valencia College (Fla.). Santa Barbara City College (Calif.) and Walla Walla Community College (Wa.) were co-winners in 2013. Joining Virginia Western in the field of 150 eligible to apply for 2015 are two other Virginia colleges: Dabney S. Lancaster Community College and New River Community College.

The 150 selected institutions may submit applications describing what they have done to improve student success on their campus. The field will then be narrowed to 10 finalists in the fall. The winner will be announced in early 2015.

More information on the Aspen Prize can be found at http://www.aspeninstitute.org/policy-work/aspen-prize/.

Posted on February 10, 2014 in Campus News | Permalink

Virginia Western accepting applications for CCAP until the end of February

Interested applicants for Virginia Western Community College’s Community College Access Program (CCAP) are reminded that they must submit completed applications by Feb. 28, 2014. Students can access the 2014 CCAP application and locality checklists online at: http://www.virginiawestern.edu/ccap/apply.php.

CCAP is a series of public/private partnerships that allows graduating high school seniors from the localities of Botetourt, Craig, Franklin or Roanoke Counties or the Cities of Roanoke or Salem to attend Virginia Western for two years tuition-free. CCAP is also available to home-schooled students in the Franklin County service area.

Participants in CCAP must enter Virginia Western with and maintain a 2.5 or 2.0 GPA, as defined per locality, maintain full-time enrollment, and complete four hours of service learning per semester. CCAP supports as many students as possible based on financial need and available funds. Applicants must have attended the high school in, and have been a resident of, the participating locality in which they are applying for at least two years prior to graduation.

Virginia Western to offer Regional Learning Institutes for high school students

Beginning for the Fall 2014 semester, Virginia Western Community College announces it will provide career-focused Regional Learning Institutes for area high school and home schooled students. The institutes will be taught on campus by Virginia Western faculty and give high school-level students the opportunity to take specialized classes for college credit.

“These institutes are a way in which students can finish high school and already have all or most of the academic requirements for a Career Studies Certificate,” said Dr. Elizabeth Wilmer, Virginia Western’s Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs. “They will give students an opportunity to acquire the skills they need to join the IT, CNA and building trades workforce directly from high school, or take core classes in health professions programs that are needed for those degrees.”

Programs will be offered in:

  • Health Sciences – Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Pre-Health Curriculum
  • Information Technology (IT): Desktop Support Technician
  • Maintenance Technology

Enrollment is limited and school districts or home-schooled students must indicate their intent to enroll by April 1. Classes will meet daily from 8-10:45 a.m., and students or school divisions must provide their own transportation. Tuition charges will be the equivalent of the college’s Fall 2014 tuition rates, calculated on a per-credit hour basis for each program. Students must pass the Virginia Placement Test and enroll at Virginia Western in order to take classes.

For more information, contact the Office of Dual Enrollment at 540-857-7235.

 

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Posted on January 30, 2014 in Campus News | Permalink
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