Student Handbook

Academic Support

Academic Advising

Chapman Hall, Room 105
Prospective students and newly enrolled students should contact the Advising and Retention Services Office, located in Chapman Hall, C105, for admission and registration information, assistance in making decisions in career choice, curriculum of study, and other academic or personal matters. An Advising Specialist does initial advising with new students; however, each student in a curriculum of study is assigned to a faculty advisor consistent with the student's program of study. The faculty advisor will assist the student in selecting proper courses, interpreting curriculum requirements, and assessing academic progress. Students are encouraged to confer with their faculty advisors on a regular basis during office hours. Students may locate the name of their faculty advisor on the Virginia Western web site: http://www.virginiawestern.edu/services/advising/advisors.php.

Because student success is the highest priority of the college, a staff of Advising Specialists is available to assist students in determining and fulfilling their educational goals. The Advising and Retention Services office offers assistance in a variety of formats, including classroom instruction, group sessions, and one-on-one individualized advising. Classes are taught on subjects such as college survival, study skills, career exploration, and personal development. Information is provided to students seeking assistance with educational, career, or personal concerns.

Students desiring information and assistance with transferring may connect with the Advising and Retention Services office staff, their faculty advisor, or the transfer services information on the Virginia Western web site. Students may access web sites and Transfer Guides for Virginia Public Colleges and Universities through this link http://www.virginiawestern.edu/services/transfer/index.php.

Brown Library

The library supports the mission of the College and is an integral part of the college's instructional program. As a center for academic life, Brown Library provides resources and services needed by both on-campus and off-campus students to fulfill the reading and research requirements of the college's course offerings. Library staff members are committed to providing a friendly and positive environment in which all faculty, staff, and students can learn together through the free exchange of ideas and information.

The library strives to provide well-organized access to a balanced collection in a variety of formats that enhance teaching and learning. The print collection is cultivated and preserved while online collections are developed, all with the goal of giving Virginia Western students every opportunity to succeed in their academic ventures.

Library staff members provide individual and group instruction in the identification, use and evaluation of information resources. Brown Library users are empowered to become capable researchers and effective users of the information resources provided.

Campus Bookstore

Craig Hall
The Bookstore sells and rents textbooks, school supplies, art supplies, computer software, laptops and general merchandise. Students can shop in the store or place orders online through the Bookstore website.

Career and Employment Assistance

Thomas Center, Room 202
The Hall Associates Career and Employment Assistance Center, located in the Thomas Center, is a counseling, assessment, and resource facility offering career-related services to Virginia Western students and alumni. The center features a resource library, computerized career exploration software, and online and computerized skills inventories and assessments. Information is also available on job descriptions, duties, work environments, wages, salaries essential skill requirements, training and education
requirements related to the job market.

Students and alumni may use these resources to explore careers, choose a major, and search for degree-related employment or employment to assist with college expenses. Assistance is also available in writing a resume, and preparation for a job interview.

The center also maintains an online job bank that lists jobs targeted to Virginia Western students and graduates. Students, alumni, and employers may access this job bank through the Career Services page on Virginia Western’s web site.

Computer Labs

On-campus computing labs aid in student learning and provide support for academic programs. All lab patrons are required to observe the VCCS Computer Guidelines as stated in this handbook and the College Catalog, as well as additional policies as posted in each lab. All labs are closed during student breaks, holidays observed by the college, and when the college is closed due to inclement weather.

Brown Library

Open to all Virginia Western students, faculty and staff.

Hours:
Monday through Thursday: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
*These hours may change depending on the school calendar.

Learning Technology Center

Brown Library, Room 017
Instructional Support Lab for Students and Faculty

Brown Library, Room 011
Testing Lab

Hours:
Monday through Thursday: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Open Lab

Business Science Building, Room 302
The open lab is available for currently enrolled students or current faculty and staff to work individually (no group work is allowed). Patrons must sign in upon entering the lab. Software tutoring may be available.

Hours:
Monday through Thursday: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Learning Technology Center

Brown Library
The Learning Technology Center, located on the ground floor of Brown Library at Virginia Western Community College, is a multi-functional resource and instructional support center for students. It serves as the college's testing center for English, mathematics, and reading placement tests, as well as proctored exams for distance learning courses.

The Learning Technology Center provides supplementary instructional support to students in two drop-in centers: the Math Center and the Writing Center. Additionally, for eligible students, The Power Hour Program provides assistance to students who need more intense tutoring than is available in the college's Math, Writing and Academic labs. Qualified students are matched with tutors who are available to work with the student one-on-one several times a week. All of these services and supports are free to students enrolled at Virginia Western Community College.

REACH Program

Webber Hall, Room 212
REACH is a program designed for students with academic potential who are in need of special services. The focus of the program is to help qualified students successfully complete college. Services available include tutoring, career counseling, personal counseling, assistance in obtaining financial aid, academic advising, cultural activities, transfer assistance, and individual assistance as needed. For more information, visit the REACH website.

Student Printing - WEPA

Wireless Everywhere Print Anywhere (WEPA) kiosks are available for printing on campus. Cloud technology allows students to send documents to a print kiosk from a variety of devices (USB drive, home computer, smart phone, etc.). Print kiosks are stationed in various locations around campus.

Print cards are available in the Bookstore. Black and white copies are 10 cents for each imprint and full color copies are 50 cents each imprint.

Support for Students with Disabilities

Webber Hall, Room 212
Persons with a disability who are considering applying for admission on a full- or part-time basis should schedule an appointment with a Student Support Services counselor. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss program accessibility and individual needs. Applicants with disabilities planning to enroll are encouraged to advise a Student Support Services counselor, in advance of the beginning of classes, of their need for auxiliary aids, readers, tutors, interpreters, taped materials, or other services and devices. Students interested in applying for services should go to the Student Support Services office located in Webber Hall, Rm. 212. The phone number is (540) 857-7286 and TTY number is (540) 857-6351. The ADA/Section 504 Coordinator is also located in the same office at the same telephone number, should anyone have concerns or need specific information.

Tutoring

Learning Technology Center
Brown Library, Room 010

Students who need more intense tutoring than is offered by the drop-in centers should contact the Tutor Coordinator in Brown Library, Room 010. Free tutoring is provided for all currently enrolled Virginia Western students.

If you would like to become a tutor, please go to the same office to sign up. A tutor assignment will be made as soon as possible, and at the first meeting, a weekly schedule will be developed between the tutor and the student.