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Virginia Western accepting applications for CCAP until the end of February

Interested applicants for Virginia Western Community College’s Community College Access Program (CCAP) are reminded that they must submit completed applications by Feb. 28, 2014. Students can access the 2014 CCAP application and locality checklists online at: http://www.virginiawestern.edu/ccap/apply.php.

CCAP is a series of public/private partnerships that allows graduating high school seniors from the localities of Botetourt, Craig, Franklin or Roanoke Counties or the Cities of Roanoke or Salem to attend Virginia Western for two years tuition-free. CCAP is also available to home-schooled students in the Franklin County service area.

Participants in CCAP must enter Virginia Western with and maintain a 2.5 or 2.0 GPA, as defined per locality, maintain full-time enrollment, and complete four hours of service learning per semester. CCAP supports as many students as possible based on financial need and available funds. Applicants must have attended the high school in, and have been a resident of, the participating locality in which they are applying for at least two years prior to graduation.

Posted on February 10, 2014 in Announcements, Campus News | Permalink

Virginia Western to offer Regional Learning Institutes for high school students

Beginning for the Fall 2014 semester, Virginia Western Community College announces it will provide career-focused Regional Learning Institutes for area high school and home schooled students. The institutes will be taught on campus by Virginia Western faculty and give high school-level students the opportunity to take specialized classes for college credit.

“These institutes are a way in which students can finish high school and already have all or most of the academic requirements for a Career Studies Certificate,” said Dr. Elizabeth Wilmer, Virginia Western’s Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs. “They will give students an opportunity to acquire the skills they need to join the IT, CNA and building trades workforce directly from high school, or take core classes in health professions programs that are needed for those degrees.”

Programs will be offered in:

  • Health Sciences – Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Pre-Health Curriculum
  • Information Technology (IT): Desktop Support Technician
  • Maintenance Technology

Enrollment is limited and school districts or home-schooled students must indicate their intent to enroll by April 1. Classes will meet daily from 8-10:45 a.m., and students or school divisions must provide their own transportation. Tuition charges will be the equivalent of the college’s Fall 2014 tuition rates, calculated on a per-credit hour basis for each program. Students must pass the Virginia Placement Test and enroll at Virginia Western in order to take classes.

For more information, contact the Office of Dual Enrollment at 540-857-7235.

 

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Posted on January 30, 2014 in Campus News | Permalink

Virginia Western to host event offering financial aid application assistance

The Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (VASFAA), in conjunction with Virginia Western Community College, will host a Super FAFSA Week event on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Webber Hall on the Virginia Western Campus.

Super FAFSA Week, formerly known as Super Saturday, is one of VASFAA’s annual service projects where individuals seeking funding for postsecondary education receive free, professional, one-on-one assistance in completing the federal financial aid form, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the form used by colleges, universities, and career-technical schools across the country to determine eligibility for student federal and state financial aid.

VASFAA is offering over 50 Super FAFSA Week events at high schools, colleges, and community and civic centers across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Participating sites will have computers available for students and parents to apply for federal aid electronically, along with financial aid representatives to assist. This event is open to students and parents of all grade levels, including returning college students, as well as older adults interested in furthering their education.

Once the student leaves this event, he or she will have initiated the financial aid process for any college they are interested in attending. VASFAA understands that the financial aid process can be daunting and we hope that by offering this opportunity to students and parents, we can help ease this process for hundreds of Virginia residents.

As an incentive for attending a Super FAFSA Week event, students will have a chance to win a $100 book scholarship. A book scholarship will be awarded to one student at each Super FAFSA Week site to be used at the winner’s college of choice during the 2014-15 academic year.

Super FAFSA Week is open to the public and is partly funded by the College Access Challenge Grant Program. For more information about Super FAFSA Week 2014, please visit www.vasfaa.com/super.

Posted on January 27, 2014 in Campus News | Permalink

Virginia Western’s CCAP named finalist for national award

Virginia Western Community College has been named a finalist for the Community College Futures Assembly’s (CCFA) 2014 Bellwether Awards for its ground-breaking Community College Access Program (CCAP). The Bellwether Awards annually recognize trend-setting community colleges from across the nation.

In 2013, more than 400 Bellwether applications were submitted and Virginia Western was one of just 30 finalists chosen. Ten finalists were selected for each category: Instructional Programs and Services; Planning, Governance and Finance; and Workforce Development. Representatives from Virginia Western, the Virginia Western Educational Foundation and Roanoke City Public Schools will present CCAP for the Workforce Development category on Jan. 27 in Orlando, Fla.

“To be nominated and selected as a finalist for this award is a great validation of the work Virginia Western and partner localities are doing with CCAP,” said Dr. Robert H. Sandel, President of Virginia Western. “By giving students in our region an opportunity to attend college without the barrier of cost is great for them personally, but also has a tremendous positive impact on our local workforce.”

The winners of the Bellwether Awards will be competitively chosen by a panel of national experts in each category. The Community College Futures Assembly will announce winners on Jan. 28 at its annual meeting in Orlando.

For the first time, CCAP served all of Virginia Western’s service region for the 2013-14 academic year. Graduating high school seniors from the localities of Botetourt, Craig, Franklin or Roanoke Counties or the Cities of Roanoke or Salem are eligible to attend Virginia Western for two years tuition-free ensuring they meet program requirements. Roanoke City Public Schools has been a partner in CCAP since 2009.

“It is the single biggest opportunity that I can ever recall for urban kids.  We’ve talked a lot about ‘brokers of hope’ because this program gives students hope and keeps them in school,” said Dr. Rita Bishop, Superintendent of Roanoke City Public Schools. “CCAP launches lives and will do great things for the future of the Roanoke economy.”

Virginia Western will be holding public information sessions next week for students interested in CCAP.

WHAT:

Community College Access Program (CCAP) Information Sessions

TIME:

6:30-8 p.m.

DATES:

 Tuesday, January 21; Wednesday, January 22; Thursday, January 23

LOCATION:

Whitman Theater, Virginia Western Campus (http://www.virginiawestern.edu/images/CampusMap2013_WEB.png)

ADDITIONAL INFO:

These sessions will provide regional high school students graduating in 2014 the information to apply for CCAP for the 2014-15 academic year. The application deadline is February 28, 2014 and the application can be found online at: http://www.virginiawestern.edu/ccap/apply.php.

Participants in CCAP must maintain a 2.5 or 2.0 GPA, as defined per locality, maintain full-time enrollment, and complete eight hours of service learning per year. CCAP supports as many students as possible based on financial need and available funds. Applicants must have attended the high school in, and have been a resident of, the participating locality in which they are applying for at least two years prior to graduation. In 2013-14, more than 430 students participated in CCAP.

Posted on January 14, 2014 in Campus News | Permalink
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