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VWCC and JA team up for entrepreneur summer camp for kids

Virginia Western Community College and Junior Achievement (JA) are collaborating to offer a summer camp designed to show students, ages 11-15, how they can positively influence the Roanoke Valley. “Kid Entrepreneurs Change Our Valley” is a summer opportunity for students to have a positive impact in their communities.

Students will look at current community needs, create an innovative solution for a service or product and take it from paper to fruition. JA president Katherin Elam said, “There are so many talented children in our midst with great energy and ideas and with the encouragement of local entrepreneurs a prototype can be generated that leads to a business.”

JA has sixty years of teaching young people how business works and will provide the framework for this weeklong experience.  The tradition of JA has been the use of business people as the advisors in creating student run enterprises this will hold true for Kid Entrepreneurs Change Our Valley. Already throughout Virginia, we have kid entrepreneurs with thriving online businesses and products on retail shelves. Roanoke youth can be next with a service or product that will improve the quality of life in the region.

WHAT:                 Virginia Western 2018 Kids College class “Kid Entrepreneurs Change Our Valley”

WHEN:                 Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m., July 16-20

WHERE:               Virginia Western Campus, Roanoke (Map and directions)

TUITION:             $149

REGISTER:           https://virginiawestern.augusoft.net

QUESTIONS?:    Contact Cassandra Dove at 540-857-6811 or cdove@virginiawestern.edu.

Kids College summer camp open house on April 17

Virginia Western Community College announces an Open House on Tuesday, April 17 to provide parents and students information on the full slate of 2018 Kids College summer camp programs.

Popular returning classes include Robotics, Coding, Game Design and Minecraft. New classes taught by Virginia Western faculty include Culinary, Singing and Stage Techniques, Astronomy, Horticulture and Art & Disease. Area experts will teach classes on art, sculpture and website design. Students can learn how to be a “Kidpreneur” and have a positive impact on their community through a partnership class with Junior Achievement. Bricks 4 Kidz will offer classes on Robotics and STEM. The popular Black Rocket program offers new classes including Code Adventures, Roblox, and App IO. Younger students can enjoy fun and educational classes with Sciensational in Creative Engineering and participate in exciting Science Projects.

WHAT:                 Virginia Western 2018 Summer Kids College Open House

WHEN:                 4-6pm, Tuesday, April 17

WHERE:               Thomas Center, Virginia Western Campus, Roanoke (Map and directions)

WHY:                    Learn about the 24 summer camp programs available to students in grades 3 – 10. Kids College allows students to discover new interests, build confidence and meet new friends.

INFO:                    http://www.virginiawestern.edu/workforce/kidscollege.php

QUESTIONS?:    Contact Cassandra Dove at 540-857-6811 or cdove@virginiawestern.edu.

Scholarships available for Entrepreneurial Mindset & Gig Economy course

 Virginia Western Community College has announced a second session of their gig-economy course designed to help students get an inside perspective on the future of work.

“Entrepreneurial Mindset: Gig Economy Edition” will start on June 12 at the RAMP business accelerator, 709 S. Jefferson St., in downtown Roanoke. During the 12-week, 16-hour career-credit program, students will gain perspective into the uncertain but potentially rewarding world of short-term jobs, contract work and freelance assignments.

Students will learn how to bootstrap their way into a successful business rather than taking financial risk. They will learn to identify problems, find solutions and build customer relationships through an iterative experimental process.

The course, taught by Virginia Western RAMP Instructor Sheri Winesett, is ideal for anyone who wants to transition from being an employee to being an independent worker, explore entrepreneurship as a pre-retirement transition, earn extra money while maintaining a current job, transition from unemployed to self-employed, and use their skills, talents and interests to discover their entrepreneurial path.

“Entrepreneurial Mindset: Gig Economy Edition” will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for eight consecutive nights starting June 12. One-on-one mentoring by appointment is included for the four weeks following the course. Instruction will include in-class discussion and online learning.

A grant from the state’s Building Entrepreneurial Economies initiative helps the final cost of this course be only $25 to students. Scholarship applications are now being accepted at: www.virginiawestern.edu/startup. The deadline to apply is May 31.

Virginia Western joins the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council and the City of Roanoke as one of the three founding members of the RAMP business accelerator. The College offers nationally recognized programs on entrepreneurship in the building’s second-floor classroom. For more information, contact RAMP Innovation Officer Samantha Steidle at ssteidle@virginiawestern.edu.