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Kerstin Plunkett

Virginia Western offers unique online chemistry course this fall

Students will have ability to fulfill lab requirements at home

This fall semester, Virginia Western Community College is offering a completely online chemistry course designed with the non-science major in mind. Virginia Western is one of only a few schools within the Virginia Community College System offering the full two-semester sequence, Chemistry 101 and 102 with an at-home lab kit.

Social science, liberal arts, general education and business administration students enrolled at the college, many of whom transfer as non-science majors to Bachelor of Arts programs, and those currently enrolled at four-year schools who need to take a science sequence course are candidates for this course offering. Chemistry professor Owen Lofthus says “an estimated one-third of the student population at Virginia Western could potentially benefit from this offering, as well as students enrolled in other four-year schools.”

The course sequence provides students flexibility at Virginia Western’s affordable tuition and fulfills the science requirement for graduation. Students purchase lab kits created by Hands-On Labs, a world leader in distance learning science materials, to use at home. If a student is already receiving financial aid, then financial aid coverage for the lab kit is possible by ordering through the bookstore.

As with all classes at Virginia Western, the instructor is available through online communication and office hours to distance learning students, and there are the traditional onsite resources such as tutoring, career services, academic link support, etc. The testing center hosts tests for students to take throughout the semester within announced ranges of time for students to take as their schedule permits.

Virginia Western is pleased to continue expanding distance learning offerings this semester, accommodating the needs of students and supporting their life-long professional goals. To learn more about this new course offering and other courses for the fall semester, please visit: https://virginiawestern.edu.


Virginia Western now offering revamped manufacturing programs

Short-term Industrial Maintenance and Machining programs develop in-demand skills

Virginia Western Community College’s Workforce Solutions is offering two revamped manufacturing programs starting this summer: Industrial Maintenance and Machining. Both programs consider possible credit for prior learning and offer financial assistance for those who qualify.

The Industrial Maintenance program is two classes on basic manufacturing skills and maintenance taught at the Goodwill IMT lab and completed within approximately six months. The next offering of the program begins July 25. Students network with businesses in the community throughout their course of study and leave with employable, in-demand skills.

For students who desire to continue advancing their education after the Industrial Maintenance program, they may enter the college’s associate degree in Mechatronics and be eligible for Siemens Mechatronics Systems Certification. Completion of an associate’s degree also allows for continued higher education with articulation agreements with four-year universities, such as Virginia Tech, Old Dominion University and Purdue University within this specialty.

The Machining program is four courses, the first starting in August and includes instruction in machining fundamentals, and redesigned mill operator and turning operator courses, as well as advanced machining. Completion of this program earns students eleven lifetime, level one, credentials through the National Institute of Metalworking Skills.

To learn more, about how to acquire these sought after career credentials please contact Sandy Workman at 540-857-6407 or visit,  https://www.virginiawestern.edu/workforce/programs/trades.php.

Virginia Western Educational Foundation Participates in Roanoke Valley Gives

March 14 is Roanoke Valley Gives 2018, a day of giving throughout the community and of friendly competition on Virginia Western’s campus as students raise money for the Virginia Western Educational Foundation.

The Armed Forces Student Association, as the GOLD stars, challenges all other student clubs, represented as the BLUE stars, to a fund raising challenge to cross the bridge first. Bring your competitive spirit, loose change, and show of support for Virginia Western and the Virginia Western Educational Foundation by purchasing a star to display on the bridge, 50 cents for 1 star; $1 for 3 stars. Larger donations receive a thank you gift and membership in the annual student giving campaign.

All contributions from today and throughout the student giving campaign will be matched by Dr. Charles Steger, Chair of the Virginia Western Educational Foundation Board and former Virginia Tech president. Donate in person at the campus bridge on the March 14, 10 AM – 2 PM, or online at https://rvgives.givebig.org/c/rvgives/a/virginiawesternedu