By supporting Virginia Western, you make a real and measurable difference in the world we share. Not just in the here and now, but in the united future of generations to come.
Your gift makes college possible for dedicated individuals, working for a better tomorrow for themselves and their families. The Educational Foundation awards more than $100,000 in scholarships every year, in addition to providing hundreds of students free tuition as part of the Virginia Western Community College Access Program. More than two-thirds of VWCC degree graduates enroll at a four-year institution, continuing their pursuit of educational excellence.
Each one of these deserving students aspires, achieves, accomplishes and changes our world – thanks to you.
Building business in our own backyard
Your investment in Virginia Western builds and grows our local and regional economy. In fact, the overriding majority of our students use their skills to fill local employment gaps and support regional economic development. Through Workforce Development credentialing programs, we put people to work – right here at home.
- Eighty-five percent of Virginia Western’s graduates stay in the region.
- Sixty-five percent of Virginia Western’s students are enrolled in programs that fill a workforce need.
- Seventy-four percent of career/technical graduates are employed within a year.
- For every $1 a student invests in Virginia Western, they receive a cumulative return of $2.79 in wages – an almost 300% return in future lifetime earnings.
Guiding the future
It takes a lifetime of experience to educate the next generation, and an enduring vision of hope to support and sustain their dreams. Your foresight will make the difference of a lifetime in the long-term sustainability of Virginia Western and the education of generations of students.
Data source: Demonstrating the value of Virginia Western Community College – Executive Summary, Economic Modeling Specialists International, March 2015.