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Virginia Western to host event offering financial aid application assistance

Virginia Western Community College announces that it will host the Great FAFSA Fill Out on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the third floor of Webber Hall on the Virginia Western Campus.

Students applying for financial aid to attend college beginning with the 2016 Fall term can get free information and assistance. Experienced financial aid staff from area colleges and universities will be available to answer questions and assist students in completing and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to any college or university.

This event is open to current high school seniors and their parents, returning college students and adults interested in attending college. Parents of dependent students are strongly encouraged to attend with their student as parent information and an electronic signature are required. Once the student leaves this event, he or she will have initiated the financial aid process for any college they are interested in attending.

If possible, students should bring the following items to the event:

  • Social security number (student and parent)
  • Driver’s license (if applicable)
  • Bank and investment statements
  • Completed or estimated student and parent 2015 federal tax returns
  • W-2 forms and any non-taxable income documentation received in 2015

For more information, please contact the Virginia Western Financial Aid Office at (855) 874-6690. A campus map and directions to Webber Hall can be found at: http://www.virginiawestern.edu/about/visitingvwcc.php.

Posted on February 3, 2016 in Campus News | Permalink

Virginia Western Polfelt named ACF Southeast Region Chef of Year

ROANOKE – Virginia Western Community College culinary arts instructor Ted Polfelt, CEC, CCA, was named the 2016 American Culinary Federation (ACF) Southeast Region Chef of the Year on Saturday in Atlanta. Polfelt, faced off against three other chefs and came away the winner at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts during the ACF Southeast Regional Culinary Salon.

Polfelt, who teaches in the Al Pollard Culinary Arts Program, will represent the ACF Southeast region in the national competition at the Cook, Craft, Create Convention & Show in Phoenix from July 15-19. The national winner will receive the title of 2016 USA Chef of the Year along with a $5,000 top prize.

“Winning the title of Southeast Chef of the year is truly an honor,” said Polfelt. “Any competition to me is always more about the drive of personal education and the goal of being a better cook today than I was yesterday.”

During the Southeast Region competition, Polfelt had 1 hour, 40 minutes to create a main course utilizing pheasant for the four judges. Scoring was based on taste, organization, culinary skills and techniques. Polfelt served stuffed pheasant breast over farro with kale, Bold Rock cider braised thigh, with glazed butternut squash, cider jus and an olive oil crisp.

The ACF Chef of the Year award, sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions and established in 1963, recognizes an outstanding culinarian who works and cooks in a full-service dining facility. This person demonstrates the highest standard of culinary skills, advances the cuisine of America, and gives back to the profession through the development of students and apprentices.

In addition to teaching at Virginia Western, Polfelt is executive chef for the Jefferson Street Management Group in Roanoke. In this position, he oversees menu development and production at Frankie Rowland’s Steakhouse, 419 West and Corned Beef and Co. His experience includes sous chef, Blue Magnolias, Roanoke; and cook, Compass Group North America, Charlotte, North Carolina. He has an associate degree in culinary arts from Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte, and has received gold medals in ACF-sanctioned competitions. Polfelt was awarded an ACF Southeast Region President’s Medallion in 2015 and was the Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl team coach for ACF Southwestern Virginia Chapter. He has served as ACF Southwestern Virginia Chapter president since 2013 and was named the chapter’s Chef of the Year in 2013 and 2015.

The Al Pollard Culinary Arts Program is one of just nine postsecondary culinary programs accredited by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) in Virginia. The program boasts more than 110 students who can seek an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Culinary Arts, a Career Studies Certificate in Culinary Arts and a Career Studies Certificate in Baking and Pastries. The Al Pollard Culinary Arts Program chefs also regularly teach non-credit cooking classes. For more information, visit www.virginiawestern.edu/academics/btt/programs/culinary.php.

Posted on February 1, 2016 in Campus News | Permalink

Welding classes to be held in state-of-the-art lab at Greenfield Center

Virginia Western Community College announces that its Welding and Metal Processing Program will hold classes beginning in Spring Semester 2016 at the Greenfield Education and Training Center in Daleville. The move to the Botetourt County facility from labs at Virginia Western’s Roanoke campus will allow for more intensive industry-related content that can lead directly to an American Welding Society (AWS) certification.

The welding labs at the Greenfield Center are AWS certified, so students can prepare for and test for their industry recognized certification upon completing coursework. The Greenfield Center is located at 57 South Center Dr., Daleville, VA 24083. Spring classes begin on Jan. 11 and students can register and apply at www.virginiawestern.edu.

Career Studies in Welding and Metal Processing offers instruction in the principles and practices of welding processes. Successful completion of the program provides sufficient training for entry into the field of production-type welding. Students have access to the latest instructional and practical experiences in a high-technology, modern shop facility.

Welding is a high-demand industry with a national shortage expected to reach 300,000 by 2020 according the AWS. Based on 2012 median wages for Virginia from statewide labor market information, welders with an industry certificate earned $39,168 per year.

For more information about Welding and Metal Processing at Virginia Western, contact program head Gary Young at gyoung@virginiawestern.edu or 540-857-6181.

Posted on December 17, 2015 in Campus News | Permalink

CDL program boasts 86 percent job placement rate for year

Virginia Western Community College announces that through its partnership with CDS Tractor Trailer Training, 251 students graduated and received a Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) in 2015 with a job placement rate of 86 percent. As the shortage of truck drivers continues to grow nationally, Virginia Western and CDS plan to maintain their partnership and expand opportunities for future students.

According to an analysis by the American Trucking Association released in October 2015, the trucking industry was short about 38,000 drivers in 2014 and was expected to be short nearly 48,000 by the end of 2015. If the current trend holds, the shortage may balloon to almost 175,000 by 2024.

The CDL program at Virginia Western consists of 160 hours of classroom and hands-on training to prepare students to work in the industry. The priority is to help students earn their license and become employed. There are currently 10 to 15 companies that recruit with CDS onsite each month, and there is a network of more than 100 companies to place student in local, regional or over the road opportunities.

“I’m happy I was a part of this program,” said Leonard Casey, a recent graduate. “It helped me line up a great job that wouldn’t have been possible before.”

More than 75 percent of the 281 students who enrolled in in the CDL program in 2015 graduated and received a Class A License. That level of success is a testament to the strong curriculum.

“The students who come through this program are well-prepared to join this high-demand industry,” said Dan Semones, program coordinator in Virginia Western’s Workforce Solutions. “CDS Tractor Trailer Training has the experienced instructors who can help students earn the credentials they need to get ahead and earn a great salary.”

Individuals interested in the CDL program are encouraged to contact Crystal Kennedy at (540) 857-6188 or ckennedy@virginiawestern.edu.

Posted on December 15, 2015 in Campus News | Permalink
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