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

Virginia Western career transition coaches lauded for innovative recruitment

At a recent Virginia Community College System conference, Virginia Western Community College won an award for the most innovative recruitment strategies for mid-career adults with a focus on the unemployed and underemployed. The honor, called the Shining Star Awarded for Innovative Recruitment Strategy, was giving to Virginia Western career transition coaches at April’s Celebrate Success Conference.

Through Virginia Western’s Workforce Solutions, the career transition coaches implemented diverse recruitment strategies not previously offered at the college. To find out more about Workforce Solutions and how career transitions coaches can help individuals and organizations, visit: http://www.virginiawestern.edu/workforce.

Some of the recruitment innovations by the career transition coaches included:

  • Offering community workshops open to anyone on Job Finding Techniques.
  • The workshops have included: Uncovering the Hidden Job Market, Networking Is Better than Not Working, Why Am I Not Getting Hired and The Changing Workplace‑A New Normal.
    • Information on these workshops has been pushed out to more than 100 key community organizations and they are being advertised through all the local Chambers Of Commerce, Economic Development Departments, libraries and Workforce Agency partners.
    • One day a week at the One Stop Workforce center, an adult career coach provides free resume writing services to anyone who has made an appointment. No one in the region was previously providing this one-on-one service.
  • The career transition coaches attend 5-10 networking events per month, including chamber events sponsored by the four area chambers, community organizations, economic development entities and professional associations. This has resulted in interaction with more than 500 businesses monthly, providing insights on immediate and future training needs.
  • Four to six days a month, the career transition coaches provide services at the Roanoke Valley One-Stop Center and at the Franklin Center.
  • The career transition coaches serve on committees of area agencies to stay updated on resources and support services for students.
  • The career transition coaches visit GED classes to provide information on their services.
  • For Workforce Credentials scholarship fund recipients, the career coaches provide the validation that the applicant meets the requirements, and that their program choice is likely to obtain employment as a result of completing the program.
  • The career transition coaches provide the extensive service and paperwork requirements for students under third-party pay (such as worker’s compensation and Trade Act). These include career assessment, career and academic planning, cost estimates, labor market information validating employment opportunities in program of choice, revising academic plans and justifying as necessary, providing information on resources and assisting in obtaining employment services need to recruit, retain and ensure student success.
Posted on May 21, 2015 in Campus News | Permalink

Watch 2015 Commencement Ceremony online

Virginia Western Community College will livestream the 2015 Commencement Ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 15 at: http://livestream.com/vwcc/. For more details about graduation, visit the Graduation web site.

Posted on May 14, 2015 in Campus News | Permalink

Register now for Healthcare, Wellness and Human Services Career Fair on May 20

Virginia Western Community College will host a Healthcare, Wellness, and Human Services Career Fair on Wednesday, May 20, from 12:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the Fralin Center.

This is a great opportunity for current and former Virginia Western students, especially recent graduates, to speak to local employers with current job openings in these fields. Registered employers include: Raleigh Court Health and Rehabilitation Center, Carilion Clinic, UnitedHealth Group, Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare, Friendship Health and Rehab, HopeTree Family Services and more!

Students and alumni are encouraged to pre-register to save time on the day of the fair, but walk-in registration will be available. Contact the Hall Associates Career Center for more information at 540-857-7298 or careercenter@virginiawestern.edu.

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