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Virginia Western Community College launches in-demand Physical Therapy Assistant program in fall 2022

Over the next several years, Virginia Western Community College will launch three healthcare programs formerly offered by Radford University Carilion (RUC) to provide continuity for students and continue to feed the talent pipeline for these in-demand fields. When the fall semester starts Aug. 22, the...
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Virginia Western Engineering Professor Dr. Rick Clark receives 2022 Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence

Dr. Richard L. “Rick” Clark Jr., Engineering professor at Virginia Western Community College, received the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence April 6 at the VCCS New Horizons Conference at the Hotel Roanoke. The award is given annually to one teaching faculty member in the Virginia...
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Virginia Western Community College launching Biotechnology Degree Program

Virginia Western Community College is launching a new degree program in response to a fast-growing industry in the region. Beginning with the fall 2023 semester, students will be able to complete a two-year degree in biotechnology and begin to build a pipeline of qualified workers....
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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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STEAM Innovation Festival postponed

The Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) Innovation Festival scheduled for Saturday, March 14, has been postponed out of an abundance of caution in light of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Virginia Western Community College, in collaboration with The Alliance for Excellence and DEILAB plan to reschedule...
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New grant will help expand registered apprenticeship program

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) has awarded Virginia Western Community College a $140,000 grant to support the expansion of registered apprenticeship opportunities to help students gain a quality education in addition to on-the-job training in a rewarding career.  Virginia Western is one of...
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Fralin Futures scholarship recipients tour Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Virginia Western Community College students who received the first-ever Fralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship were invited to tour the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC on Nov. 22, 2019. Executive Director Dr. Michael J. Friedlander met with the students and described the Research Institute’s target areas...
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New STEM Building is a hub of collaboration

(Published in the Winter 2020 Edition of IMPACT magazine, a publication of the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation.) By Karenna Glover Returning students in the STEM program at Virginia Western Community College didn’t recognize their learning space when classes began in Fall 2019. The...
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Grand Opening commemorates new STEM Building

Virginia Western Community College welcomed community members from across the Roanoke Region to celebrate the Grand Opening of its new $37-million STEM Building on Thursday. More than 300 attendees heard from local elected officials, business leaders and students about the impact the new facility will...
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Join us for free talk from national STEM speaker Deanne Bell

Virginia Western Community College invites the public to attend a free talk on Wednesday, Oct. 9 by national expert Deanne Bell on science and technology careers that are far from boring. From her work with NASA to travels in Tibet, Bell has had experiences in...
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