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Kids College registration now open for summer

Virginia Western Community College announces that registration is now open for its summer Kids College programs. A wide array of classes are available for students in rising grades 3rd through 10th.


Virginia Western’s Kids College programs offer summer classes in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) as well as the arts. Classes will have a project-based learning approach.

Popular returning classes are related to robotics, coding, game design and minecraft. Virginia Western instructors will teach several new classes including culinary, singing and stage techniques, astronomy, horticulture, and art & disease. 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.

Summer courses are weeklong and run from 9 a.m. – Noon and from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  Different camps are available each week starting June 18 and running through July 27. Register early to guarantee your spot!


Virginia Western Campus, Roanoke (Map and directions)


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



Delta Dental provides support to RAMP

Delta Dental of Virginia has contributed $30,000 to the Regional Acceleration and Mentoring Program (RAMP) to support innovation and entrepreneurship in the Roanoke and New River valleys.

The funding will help pay for expenses and programs at the RAMP’s headquarters  at 709 S. Jefferson St. in downtown Roanoke.

“Delta Dental is Virginia’s largest dental benefits company, and we are constantly investing in ways to remain on the forefront of technology when it comes to serving our customers,” said Frank Lucia, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Virginia. “Being headquartered in Roanoke, we are committed to supporting innovation in our growing technology and health sciences industries. We believe this investment will support our emerging startup culture and attract and retain talent in the region.”

RAMP’s mission is to help high-potential startups expand and create jobs in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics and health (STEM-H) fields throughout the Roanoke-Blacksburg region. Partners in the initiative include the City of Roanoke, which renovated RAMP’s home in the historic Gill Memorial Hospital building; the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council (RBTC), which recruits RAMP participants and provides them mentorship and networking opportunities; and Virginia Western Community College, which provides on-site business education training.

“We are deeply appreciative for Delta Dental’s pledge to innovation and entrepreneurship,” added Robert McAden, president and CEO of the RBTC. “Supporters like Delta Dental understand that our success is about planting the seeds. If we want the region to grow, we need to foster entrepreneurship. Growing business is important, because those businesses eventually become customers. We need a thriving startup culture to grow.”

As part of the contribution, one of the rooms in the RAMP building will be named after Delta Dental of Virginia.

RAMP participants, called cohort companies, are selected every year for the opportunity to benefit from a mentoring program, networking opportunities, business education and access to capital. Applications are being accepted for the next cohort. The companies will be announced at RBTC’s TechNite awards gala on May 3.

Virginia Western and Roanoke College sign guaranteed admission agreement

At a signing ceremony Monday, Virginia Western Community College and Roanoke College announced a new guaranteed admission agreement that will provide business administration students with a seamless transition between the two institutions. The transfer agreement took effect at the time of the signing.

“We are honored to work with our great partner Roanoke College to develop another way for our students to continue their educational pursuits,” said Dr. Robert H. Sandel, President of Virginia Western. “The assurance that their credits will transfer will help those students plan for a strong professional future.”

Virginia Western students who complete the requirements for an Associate of Science degree with a major in business administration and compile a cumulative grade point average of 2.2 in academically transferable courses will be eligible for the transfer agreement. For complete requirements, interested students should contact Virginia Western or Roanoke College.

“Virginia Western and Roanoke have been great partners for many years,” Roanoke President Michael Maxey said. “Both colleges are committed to serving our students in first-rate ways. This partnership is one of the best examples of serving the many fine students who find Virginia Western and Roanoke to be the best fit for their needs and aspirations.”

Both Virginia Western and Roanoke College business programs hold accreditations through the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Virginia Western is the only institution within the Virginia Community College System with that accreditation.

Students interested in learning more about Virginia Western’s business offerings and the transfer agreement should contact the School of Business, Technology and Trades at 540-857-7272 or visit www.virginiawestern.edu/academics/btt.