The building trades programs at Virginia Western are designed to provide students with the basic skills necessary to obtain entry-level positions. Employment opportunities include carpentry, electrical, HVAC, horticulture hard-scaping, general construction, plumbing and welding. Students in these programs of study can complete their certifications in a fast track environment that can be completed in a year or less. Many of our courses within the programs are tied to industry certifications.

Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

Career Studies Certificates (CSC)

Fast-Track Certifications

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Program Types

AAS - Designed to prepare students to directly enter the workforce. Some programs may transfer to 4-year institutions.

AS & AA - Designed to transfer to a 4-year institution.

Certificate - Programs that are less than two years in length in an occupational area.

CSC - Programs that are less than one year of length in an occupational area.

Fast-track - Credit and non-credit courses for business and industry training, retraining, and certifications, as well as personal enrichment.