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Public notice of upcoming accreditation review visit by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

Virginia Western Community College will host the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) visitors from March 12-14, 2019 to demonstrate its compliance with the ACEN Nursing Program Accreditation Standards.

Members of the community are invited to share public comments about the Virginia Western pre-licensure registered nursing program at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12 in the Fralin Center for Science and Health Professions, room HP 210. For directions to campus and a parking map, please visit: https://www.virginiawestern.edu/about/visitvwcc.php.

Written comments regarding the program are also welcome and should be submitted by March 4, 2019 to:

Dr. Marsal Stoll, Chief Executive Officer
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Or e-mail: mstoll@acenursing.org

Sign up today for short-term manufacturing courses

Virginia Western Community College’s Workforce Solutions is offering a wide array of manufacturing courses beginning in February to help mechanically-minded individuals gain the knowledge and skills to begin a new career quickly. Learn the fundamentals of machining, industrial maintenance and welding in these short-term programs.

Registration closes two weeks prior to the first day of a class, so enroll today at www.virginiawestern.edu/workforce. For more information, call 540-857-6076 or email careernavigators@virginiawestern.edu. Current grant funding may help reduce the cost of courses by up to 95 percent.

The Machining Program includes four courses from the beginning skills of precision measurement and safety all the way to CNC Programming:

  • Machining Fundamentals: 2/18/19-4/10/19; Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
    • For more information or to register for the 2/18 start date, visit here. Students completing the course will create required machined parts and will sit for the NIMS (National Institute of Metalworking Skills) credentials: Measurement, Materials & Safety; Job Planning, Benchwork & Layout; Drill Press Skills 1.
  • Machining – Milling Operator: 2/19/19 – 4/16/19; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
    • This course offers instruction on both manual and CNC operated mills. The pre-requisite is Machining Fundamentals or students can test out of Machining Fundamentals. For more information or to register, visit here. Students completing the course will create required machined parts and will sit for the NIMS (National Institute of Metalworking Skills) credentials: CNC Milling: Operator, Level 1; Manual Milling Skills, Level 1; Grinding Skills, Level 1.
  • Machining – Turning Operator: 5/2/19-6/27/19; Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30-9:30 p.m. This course offers instruction on both manual and CNC operated lathes. The pre-requisite is Machining Fundamentals or students can test out of Machining Fundamentals. Students completing the course will create required machined parts and will sit for the NIMS (National Institute of Metalworking Skills) credentials: CNC Turning: Operator; Turning Operations: Turning Between Centers; Turning Operations: Turning Chucking Skills.
  • Machining Advanced: Courses will be offered once there is a pipeline of students. Students completing the course will sit for the NIMS (National Institute of Metalworking Skills) credentials: CNC Milling: Programming, Setup & Operations; CNC Turning: Programming, Setup & Operations.

The Industrial Maintenance Program teaches the basic manufacturing skills that will add value to employers. This 20-week program allows students to gain both the MT1 (Manufacturing Technician 1) and the Siemens Mechatronics Systems Certification (SMSCP) Level I.  After this program, students can use these credentials to fulfill some of the hours and credits toward the Virginia Western Mechatronics Program.

  • Basic Manufacturing Skills:  2/11/19 – 4/15/19; Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, Noon – 4 p.m. With this course, you can gain the Virginia Manufacturer’s Association’s MT1 credential. For more information or to register, visit here.
  • Manufacturing Maintenance – 4/25/19 – 7/8/19; Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Students completing the course will take the Siemens Mechatronics Systems Certification(SMSCP) Level I exam. For more information or to register, visit here.

We also have Introductory Welding courses: FCAW and GMAW. Visit the enrollment pages here for more information.

VWCC and Hollins University establish new transfer agreements

Hollins University and Virginia Western Community College have established Guaranteed Admission Agreements (GAA) for graduates of four Associate of Science programs from Virginia Western.

Students who obtain a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 in academically transferable courses and complete all requirements for Associate of Science degrees in business administration, general studies, social sciences, or social sciences – education, are guaranteed admission to Hollins.

“Hollins and Virginia Western recognize the need to partner and facilitate the path for women who seek to earn a four year college degree and transfer their credits seamlessly into the Hollins curriculum and degree programs,” said Hollins President Pareena Lawrence. “Our GAAs will empower more students to continue their undergraduate education at an institution that prepares women to succeed in all sectors of society with an emphasis on leadership, life skills, and professional development.”

Lawrence noted that GAA students who enroll at Hollins will enjoy a number of benefits.

“They are eligible for admission to competitive programs, financial aid, scholarships, parking, housing, and all other student services just as any other Hollins student. And, GAA students with a minimum of 58 credits will be given junior status and can enroll directly into 200 level courses or higher at Hollins.”

At a signing ceremony on Friday at Virginia Western, President Robert H. Sandel shared his excitement regarding the new agreements with a group of students. “Hollins is an outstanding university and has always been a wonderful partner for Virginia Western. These new agreements will give our students another pathway to seamlessly transfer and continue their education in pursuit of a strong career,” he said.

All of the courses that are accepted by Hollins will be applied towards the student’s baccalaureate degree and major program. A minimum grade of “C” must be obtained in each course the student wishes to transfer. GAA students can expect to graduate from Hollins with a baccalaureate degree after the successful completion of a minimum of 64 credits, two four-credit Short Term activities (classes, trips, independent study, or internships), and two physical education courses.

Moving forward, Lawrence said Hollins will provide up to date information to GAA students at Virginia Western pertaining to transfer procedures, financial assistance, housing policies, tuition and fee payments, and deadlines. Hollins will also develop a GAA guide for use by counselors, faculty, and students at Virginia Western.

Educational Foundation announces two new board members

Virginia Western Educational Foundation announces
two new members join Board of Directors

Joseph M. Hoff and Mark R. Pace have joined the Board of Directors of the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation.

Hoff is President and Chief Executive Officer of Friendship Health & Living and a member of the Educational Foundation’s Finance and Foundation Grants Committee. Pace is President of E.C. Pace Company Inc. and a member of the Development Committee.

The volunteer Board of Directors guides the Educational Foundation’s mission of supporting student scholarships, faculty development and endowment initiatives at Virginia Western. Board members have been the driving force behind Virginia Western’s Community College Access Program (CCAP), a successful public-private partnership that provides up to three years of tuition to eligible students.