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New funding helps Virginia Western students pursue technology certifications

(This story appeared in the Winter 2022 edition of IMPACT magazine, published annually by the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation.) By Karenna Glover Amazon’s second headquarters (HQ2) has already started bringing an influx of new jobs to Northern Virginia. It’s also made more money available...
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Virginia Western’s new Agriculture Program is stocked with potential

(This story appeared in the Winter 2022 edition of IMPACT magazine, published annually by the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation.) By Karenna Glover For most of his senior year, Andrew Tuck was planning for his next chapter — starting college at Virginia Tech. Throughout his...
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COVID-19: Virginia Western answers call to serve

(This story appeared in the Winter 2022 edition of IMPACT magazine, published annually by the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation.) By Karenna Glover In February 2020 when Virginia Western Community College’s Chief of Police, Craig Harris, heard about the coronavirus, he knew it was time...
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Virginia Western tutoring services morph into hybrid setting

(This story appeared in the Winter 2022 edition of IMPACT magazine, published annually by the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation.) By Karenna Glover When the pandemic first started during the spring semester of 2020, Virginia Western Community College’s tutoring center abruptly shifted online. Within a...
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Virginia Western’s Community Arboretum serves a living laboratory for students and community

(This story appeared in the Winter 2022 edition of IMPACT magazine, published annually by the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation.) By Karenna Glover Virginia Western’s Community Arboretum serves as a living laboratory for the school’s horticulture students. Students spend hours walking the gardens as they...
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Virginia Western nurtures green-collar workforce

(This story appeared in the Winter 2022 edition of IMPACT magazine, published annually by the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation.) By Karenna Glover Sean Beckner’s voice cracks when he talks about the time he interviewed for a job at a corporate lawn care company and...
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Two brothers, both community college graduates, follow a winding, fulfilling path for their education

(This story appeared in the Winter 2022 edition of IMPACT magazine, published annually by the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation.) By Karenna Glover Mohammad Sabbagh started dreaming of being a doctor when he was in eighth grade. At the time, he was living in Syria...
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Virginia Western radiography graduate credits clinical experience, responsive faculty for her bright future

(This story appeared in the Winter 2022 edition of IMPACT magazine, published annually by the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation.) By Karenna Glover When Sheridan Saunders found herself quarantined at home in fall 2020 for a COVID exposure, she was concerned about missing two...
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Local agriculture leader recognized with Virginia Western’s 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award

ROANOKE – The Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation announced that Mary Catherine (Kate) Lawrence has received the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award. Lawrence is Botetourt County’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent for the Virginia Cooperative Extension. She took classes at Virginia Western between 2005 and 2008.  The Distinguished Alumni...
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Virginia Western Student Food Co-op continues to provide much-needed aid

Melissa Spangler doesn’t have much free time. As a full-time student in Virginia Western’s Phlebotomy program, she carries a heavy load of classes that include labs and clinicals. She also works part-time on campus, and cares for her young grandson.  With that schedule and a...
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