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VWCC to provide Leadership Bootcamps in downtown Roanoke

Virginia Western Community College will offer a comprehensive one-day Leadership Bootcamp monthly beginning in April at the RAMP business accelerator in downtown Roanoke. The eight-hour workshop will be held on the first Friday of each month, except for July, and will help individuals build important leadership skills such as teamwork, communication and soft-skills.

“Business leaders around the Roanoke Region have indicated they want more opportunities for future leaders to build these type of skills, and this workshop will deliver,” said Milan Hayward, Vice President of Workforce Solutions at Virginia Western. “In our new classroom in the RAMP facility, individuals will gain essential soft skills they need to advance in an existing business or grow their own businesses as entrepreneurs.”

WHAT:             Leadership Bootcamp

WHEN:             9 a.m.-5 p.m. on the first Friday of each month, except July, beginning on April 1, 2017

WHERE:           RAMP business accelerator, Gill Memorial Building, 709 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke, VA

SIGN UP:          http://www.virginiawestern.edu/ramp/index.php

CONTACT:       Samantha Steidle, Innovation Officer, at 540-857-6076 or ssteidle@virginiawestern.edu

COST:                $285 + $99 in materials/books fees for assessments; class size limited to 20 students; Registration required by the first of each month

As part of the workshop, participants will complete a team work cycle assessment to better understand the four phases and eight roles of a project cycle they prefer to work within. They will also complete a DISC assessment to discover and understand their behavioral style and how to become more effective in communicating and working with others.

Other topics available upon request include time management, emotional intelligence, the ability to build trust and generational divides.

VW Express to offer rapid enrollment for Fall Semester on July 9

Virginia Western Community College announces that it will host its second annual Virginia Western Express to rapidly and conveniently help students complete all the necessary steps to enroll for Fall Semester 2016. Virginia Western Express will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, July 9 on the third floor of the Student Life Center.

Students will be able to explore educational programs and careers, apply to the College, gain financial aid assistance, complete placement testing and register for classes.

Open enrollment for Virginia Western’s Fall Semester will begin on June 27 and the semester starts on Aug. 22. Students can pursue more than 70 programs of study from Accounting to Wellness and can benefit from guaranteed transfer to four-year universities as well as hands-on career training. Students should visit www.virginiawestern.edu to learn more about what classes are available and to enroll online.


Virginia Western to host Mechatronics Program open house on Thursday

Recently, the Roanoke Region hosted major announcements of business expansions for Italian auto parts manufacturer Eldor Corporation (350 new jobs) and Deschutes Brewery (108 new jobs). At both announcements, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and business leaders cited Virginia Western Community College’s Mechatronics Program and the region’s trained workforce as major reasons for these positive economic developments.

Virginia Western will provide prospective students the opportunity to get in on the ground floor with these companies and others like them through a Mechatronics Program open house on Thursday, May 12.

WHAT:                 Mechatronics Program open house

WHEN:                 3-6 p.m., Thursday, May 12

WHERE:               Beginning on first floor of Webber Hall, Virginia Western Community College (Directions)

DETAILS:              During this open house, students and their supporters can learn about the Mechatronics Program and tour the College’s Design Lab, Mechatronics Lab, FABLAB and Electrical Lab. Information sessions about Mechatronics will be held every half hour.

Mechatronics is the blending of mechanics, electronics and information technology. It provides graduates with the hands-on training they need to begin careers in diverse fields such as aerospace, automotive, building technologies, consumer products, logistics, energy, green technology, manufacturing, materials processing, medical, mining and transportation. Students can earn industry recognized certifications that show employers they have the knowledge necessary to succeed.

No registration is required to attend this free event. Current and prospective students are encouraged to attend and begin at the check-in table on the first floor of Webber Hall on Thursday.