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Virginia Western to host free Law Enforcement Career Expo on May 1

Virginia Western Community College’s Hall Associates Career Center, part of the college’s Workforce Solutions division, will host a Law Enforcement Career Expo that is free and open to the public. Individuals interested in finding and applying for law enforcement career openings, or learning more about educational requirements and higher education options should plan to attend.

WHAT: Law Enforcement Career Expo

WHEN: 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday, May 1, 2019

WHERE: Fralin Center for Health Professions, Room HP210, 3091 Colonial Ave., Roanoke, VA 24015 (Map and directions)

WHAT: Representatives from local, state and federal law enforcement, criminal justice, corrections agencies and higher education institutions will be on hand to recruit and provide information on job openings and educational requirements.

INFO: For more information, contact the Hall Associates Career Center at careercenter@virginiawestern.edu or 540-857-7298.

Virginia Western Singers to host spring concert April 27

The Virginia Western Singers announce they will host a spring concert at 7 p.m. on April 27 at Whitman Theater on the campus of Virginia Western Community College. The show will feature a wide variety of popular songs and include a “Kids Take the Stage” segment where children can join the group in a family-friendly sing-a-long. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for children not singing, and free for children who sing or Virginia Western students with student IDs.

The Virginia Western Singers is a group of 10 singers who perform pop, country, rock, showtune and a capella styles of music. The Singers travel throughout the Roanoke area serving as representatives for the college and lending their talents for many events in the area.  The group began with auditions in September, they performed nine Christmas shows in December, they opened their spring concert series last week with a performance for over 1,000 people during the New Horizons conference at Hotel Roanoke.

“We can’t wait for the community to see the amazing talent that Virginia Western has to offer,” said Laura Hall, director of the group and Virginia Western faculty member.  “I am so proud of them and the hard work they have put into their school work and to our singing group. I invite everyone to come out and join us, and to celebrate the success of our community college students and hear some wonderful music.”

The concert will include music such as “Seasons of Love,” from Rent; “A Million Dreams, from The Greatest Showman; “Living on a Prayer,” by Bon Jovi,” Castle on the Hill” from Ed Sheeran; “Wagon Wheel,” by Old Crow Medicine Show; “Fire to the Rain,” by Adele, and much more. During “Kids Take the Stage,” children ages 4-12 can come up to sing “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana along with the members of the Singers. 

People who wish to reserve group seating (of 6 or more) or who have questions can contact Hall at (606) 471-9913 or lhall@virginiawestern.edu.

Virginia Western launches new Agriculture Program for Fall 2019


Virginia Western Community College announces a new Associates Degree in Agriculture that will be available beginning in Fall 2019. The program is designed to be flexible and tailored to individual student needs.

The Agriculture Program is transferrable to four-year college, where students can pursue career paths such as extension work, agricultural education, agribusiness and veterinary medicine, for example. Alternatively, if students are not interested in transfer they can modify the program to include technical skills, such as welding, which can help them in their home agribusinesses. Currently there are approximately 330 different careers available in the agricultural industry.    

“The Roanoke Region has a robust agricultural history and we are excited to be offering this truly outstanding program to students,” said Dr. Robert H. Sandel, President of Virginia Western. “Helping individuals develop the skills they need to succeed in an 21st Century farming and agricultural landscape, we believe we will have a lasting positive economic impact on our region.”

Specialized classes such as animal science,  plant science and forestry will provide students the basic skills needed to maintain livestock, land and forests. Other classes in the program, such as agribusiness and welding can provide skills needed to handle farm finances and farm maintenance or provide an avenue of additional income.

“Agriculture is interwoven into the history of our region, which is home to more than 4,000 farms,” Austin said. “Virginia Western’s Ag program will ensure that farming remains one of our cornerstone industries for decades to come.”

In addition to launching the Agriculture Program, Virginia Western will also announce a new guaranteed transfer agreement between the program and Ferrum College’s Agricultural Sciences major. Students completing the Virginia Western Agriculture Program will be able to begin as a junior at Ferrum and focus on the emphasis areas of Animal Science, Agribusiness, Agronomy, Horticulture and Equine Studies.  

On the day prior to the kick off, VWCC faculty will be participating in the Virginia-North Carolina AgBio Conference in Danville. This meeting will convene policy makers, farmers, thought leaders, educators, public health officials and industry partners to bring innovative bioscience and technology to the farms. 

“As a 6th generation farmer in this region, the launch of this program really touches my heart because I know how much of a difference it will make in putting students on the path to personal and professional success,” White said. “The local agriculture industry impacts our lives in countless ways on a daily basis, and by passing on the best practices and most up-to-date knowledge and technology, we can ensure it continues to thrive for decades to come. Agriculture is vital to the health and economic success of our region, and it is our privilege to contribute to this robust and dynamic industry. “

For more details about the Agriculture Program, visit http://virginiawestern.edu/academics/stem/programs/sciagri.php or call the School of STEM at 540-857-7273.

Summer Registration now open; Use Navigate to meet with advisers

Registration for Virginia Western Community College’s 2019 Summer Semester is now open. Current and new students can apply and enroll at www.virginiawestern.edu or in person at the college’s Enrollment Center in Chapman Hall.

Summer Semester classes begin on May 20 for the first five-week and 10-week sessions. Classes begin on June 25 for the second five-week session. Students from other colleges and universities returning home for the summer are encouraged to get ahead with classes at Virginia Western that will transfer with them. A complete listing of classes can be found at: http://virginiawestern.edu/classes/index.php.

New for this summer, students have control of scheduling and managing appointments with their advisors through Navigate. It has never been easier to get help with registration at a time that fits your schedule. For information on how to use Navigate online, visit: http://www.virginiawestern.edu/advising/schedule_an_appointment.php.

Students can also use the Navigate Student mobile app to make appointments. Visit The Apple Store (URL https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/navigate-student/id950433229?mt=8) or Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.eab.se&hl=en_US) to download the Navigate Student app, published by EAB Global. Then, log in using your MyVWCC username and password and choose Appointments.

Returning Virginia Western students will be able to use priority enrollment, once they meet with an advisor, to register for 2019 Fall Semester on April 1. Open enrollment for Fall begins on April 15. Fall Semester begins Aug. 26 and ends on Dec. 19. A wide array of fast-track courses are available to get you into a new and higher-paying career quickly.

State Board for Community Colleges to Set 2019-20 Tuition and Fees at May Meeting

In accordance with Section 23.1-307 (D) of the Code of Virginia, the State Board for Community Colleges provides notice that it will consider tuition and mandatory fee increases for Virginia’s Community Colleges, effective fall 2019, at 9 a.m., May 16, 2019, at 300 Arboretum Place, Richmond, Va.  

The State Board will consider tuition and mandatory fee increases of between 0 percent and 2.4 percent for all undergraduate students, subject to provisions of the 2019 session of the General Assembly.   The community colleges will use revenue generated from any increase in tuition and mandatory fees to pay for:

  • Increased state employee compensation and fringe benefit costs;
  • Operation and maintenance of new buildings;
  • Technology infrastructure upgrades;
  • Contractual obligations; and
  • Investments in strategic initiatives to improve student access, engagement, and success.