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CCAP scholarship awards grow 12 percent

Virginia Western’s Community College Access Program (CCAP) is making college possible, tuition-free, this fall for 494 recent graduates of Roanoke Valley high schools. That number represents a 12 percent increase from the prior academic year’s enrollment. The number of first-year students alone jumped up 13 percent.

“We have always believed CCAP offers an incredible value for our students, with quality instruction and an affordable path to transferring to a four-year school,” said Neil D. Wilkin Jr., Chair of the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation. “When the COVID crisis hit, we responded by reaching out even more to applicants. We are heartened to see so many respond and take advantage of this program.”

CCAP provides up to three years of tuition for high school graduates who meet program requirements, as funding allows. Since 2008, more than 3,100 Roanoke Valley students have participated in the program.

The Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation, a nonprofit affiliated with Virginia Western Community College, raises support for CCAP through a public/private funding partnership.

The 2021 CCAP application period opened Oct. 1 and closes Feb. 1, 2021. Families interested in learning more about CCAP are invited to attend upcoming ZOOM information sessions, scheduled for midday and evening times through January. Registration is required at virginiawestern.edu/CCAP.

They also can sign up for important CCAP updates about application deadlines, financial aid workshops and more by texting “CCAP2021” to 31996. (Reply STOP to cancel, HELP for help; message and data rates apply.)
For more information about CCAP, see virginiawestern.edu/ccap or contact Carolyn Payne, CCAP Coordinator: (540) 857-7544 or cpayne@virginiawestern.edu.


CCAP recipients for 2020-21 are:
BOTETOURT COUNTY
1ST YEAR

Austin Allen, Caylie Allen, Brenna Alls, Isaac Brooks, Zeniyah Brown, Destiny Cash, Jonathan Church, Joseph Desai, Tia Franson, Kiah Hall, Steven Harris, Christina Hensley, John Hurley, Samuel Jamison, Heather Johnson, Aleah Johnston, Coby Kingery, Zander LeNoir, Jessica Link, Andrew Lucas, Peter Middleton, Kendra Puckett, Sierra Ray, Dakota Sparks, Jeb Thompson, Caleb Van Buren, Hannah Williams and Kelsey Williamson

2ND YEAR
Samantha Aldrich, Emily Bruno, Caitlin Campbell, Brody Cook, Craig Farmer, Jonathan Girard, Ashton Huddleston, Aimee Lowe, Trinity Martin, Randall McGee, Zachary Noel, Erin Peery, Jessica Rocha, Ariana Rochay, Hunter Williams and Caroline Wilson

3rd YEAR
Eric Filer, Kyle Hayslett, Aaron King, William McAllister, Daniel Peters and Riley Sartorius

CRAIG COUNTY
1ST YEAR

Victoria Blevins, Jenna Bostic, Hunter Brizendine, Matthew Charles, Chase Huffman, Garrett Paitsel, Autumn Sarver and Andrew Wolfe

2ND YEAR
Ashlyn Bradley, Madison Hannah, Elizabeth Howard, Maggie Huffman, Taylor Huffman, Tyra Hutton, Sadie McAllister, Kaylee Pauley, Brandon Swingle, Laneley Taylor and Caleb Todd

FRANKLIN COUNTY
1ST YEAR

Tyler Agee, William Akers, Heidi Austin, Natasha Barkovich, Laura Bartolo, Austin Behrendt, Alexis Bergman, Savana Bicking, Foster Bornstein, Jessica Bowman, Joshua Britts, Daulton Brooks, Ambria Brown, Emily Burgess, Claire Burnette, Hayley Carroll, Autumn Clingenpeel, Caleb Cokendolpher, Jennifer Cruz-Santos, Anna Decker, Lena Ferrell, Jacob Flora, Meagan Florio, Jazmyn Franklin, Evelyn Gordon, Bethany Graham, Zachary Green, Blake Greenway, Skylar Grigorieff, Bailey Haskins, Savannah Henderson, Casey Hodges, Nathaniel Hodges, Cieanna Holland, Emma Janney, Taylor Janney, Courtney Johnson, Noah Keen, Kathryn Kincer, Breanna LaBrake, Jacob Lemon, Sydney Light, Sophie Martin, Zoe Mills, Karly Mullins, Ethan Pagans, Kavyn Page, Brandon Passalacqua, Charlie Rickard, Sallie Rutrough, Phillip Smith, Tyler Strain, Aaliyah Torres, Lilyana Torres, Summer Turner, Julie Walker, Kateleigh Wampler, Cheyenne Warren, Isabella Watson, Keaton Wood, Madison Wright, Rebecca Wyatt and Robert Yanok

2ND YEAR
Braden Ashby, Emma Burrows, Justice Coleman, Hannah Collins, Matthew Conde, John Crandall, Emily Crowe, Easton Forbes, Dakota Grant, Jakob Greenway, Selena Harden, Ashley Hartmann, Katelyn Herlehy, Taylor Hill, Taylor McPherson, Valerie Meadows, Cheyenne Mullins, Breanna O’Neal, Kaylee Perdue, Lucas Richards, Andrew Robertson, Kaitlin Saunders, Nora Shanahan, Mackenzie Sisson, Dakota Smith, Hayley Smith, Alicia St Clair, John Turner, Daniel Tyree, Cheyene Williamson and Evan Yerkey

3RD YEAR
Elizabeth Burrell, Jesse Hodges, Savanna Reed

ROANOKE CITY
1ST YEAR

Ryan Albee, Caleb Anders, Grayson Angle, Charlotte Asende, Sapana Baniya, Jayden Basham, Quincy Brown, Xavier Brown, Gabriella Cheatwood, Erika Claros, Zachary Clemens, Daryl Cortes, Justin Craig, Hannah Cupp, Juliana Diaz, Jaiheem Dorsey, Sita Ferej, Troy Fitzgerald, Wendy Franco Mendoza, Janaina Frederique, Louis Garcia, Luis Garcia, Sabrina Givaudan, Arnaria Gray, Angie Guardado, Lizbeth Guardado, Tori Herndon, Antonio Hobson, Aya Ibrahim, Leonard Kennedy, Jacob Kreppeneck, Raven Laney, Catherine Mai, Timothy Martin, Katelyn Mathena, Va’Shay McColla, Imani McNeal, Josue Mejia-Vasquez, Quinn Mitchell, Madison Moore, Lenora Morgan, Caleb Morrow, Megan Musser, Abigail Nolasco, Gabriel Nordt, Jermiya Ollie, Jordan Palmer, Aaliyah Rasheed, Wardah Rasheed, Manali Ravalji, Adam Richardson, Haley Rosas, Haley Ross, Abigail Runyon, Vincenzino Salerno, Noah Scott, Christopher Sellers, Joshua Smith, Jordan Snead, Janeyah Thomas, Mollie Thompson, Nhi Tran, Callen Tumulak, John Wagner, Alesha Webb, Jakym White, Quinton Williams and Upoleon Williams

2ND YEAR
Anita Budathoki, Jeniya Calloway, Juliette CdeBaca, Nickolas Chu, Mackenzie Gilliam, Julianne Henny, Legend Howard, Gabrielle Jennings, Elizabeth Kasongo, Brianna Keeling, Brianna Kindzred, Emma Land, Brianna LeFlore, Brenda Lopez, Elissa Miller, Pamela Ngoy, Caitlin Oakes, Mark Overstreet, Kassandra Rodriguez, Steven Sawyer, Kira Shelor, Jacob Snellings and Jonathan Stanley

3RD YEAR
William Angle, Tyler Burns, Rebecca Drumheller, Alissa Edwards, Madeline Jones, Evelyn Martinez, Yasmin Roiter, Sheridan Saunders, Somina Som and Elliot Woodrum

ROANOKE COUNTY
1ST YEAR

Merima Adanalic, Christian Adkins, Jordan Alexander, Zain Almajali, Amber Arthur, Jeremy Austin, Satchel Avila-Goodman, Kirsten Bailey, Ethan Bane, Logan Belcher, Grace Blackwell, Clarissa Blankenship, Sophia Bone, Jared Bowles, Skylar Brady, Ryan Cass, Taylor Clark, Elizabeth Coleman, Jonathan Collins, Sarah Collins, Alexa Crosier, Sophie Currier, Matthew Duncan, Katlyn Ferguson, Peyton Fernatt, Jayden Glass, Jasia Green, Andre Ha, Kevin Ha, Chelynn Hairston, Bethany Hale, Cassidy Hall, Michelle Harris, Haley Hartz, Alexis Hensley, William Holland, Makayla Hopkins, Jade Horton, Logan Howard, Rachel Hutchins, Farah Iqbal, Mason James, Kristin Johnson, Landon Johnson, Colin Jones, Grace King, Amanda Kline, Christopher Kunc, Savanna Lear, Maia Lemore, Makenzie Littleton, Kaitlyn Logan, Chloe Lovelace, Calvin Loverude, Joshua Mabry, Andrew Manor, Kirsten Markham, Shiann Mathis, Conner McKinney, Levi Meadows, Ian Merritt, Kendall Moore, Nathan Moore, Hunter Morris, Nicholas Mort, Logen Mowles, Orion Murray, Lucas Musselman, Malaina Mutter, Ky Nguyen, Ethan Nichols, Josiah Nucamendi, Nathan Patrick, Caitlin Phillips, Jack Phillips, Elizabeth Phipps, Rebecca Picard, Robert Pickelsimer, Ariana Pineda, Michael Presley, Michael Prillaman, Samuel Quakenbush, Primeminister Reece, Kathy Rivera, Victoria Robertson, Conner Rogers, Robert Saunders, Kierstin Scott, Wilson Shi’Wang, Jason Skillicorn, Ethan Smith, Mahmoud Srour, Timothy Strom, Peyton Taliaferro, Eden Walls, Madison West, Lynden Whicker, Dakota Whitlock, Cole Wickline, Garrett Williams and Blaise Wood

2ND YEAR
Noah Alderman, Cayla Alexander, Jake Balsley, Brooke Bess, Cassidy Caldwell, Jennifer Caudle, Zachary Chittum, Madison Cole, Alexis Cook, Chandlor Desper, Mackenzie Eubank, Elizabeth Francis, Christopher Hall, Caroline Harrington, Hunter Hartman, Quamyrha Hayden, Mallory Hughes, Mirza Jarcevic, Emmerson Jessee, Laurel LaBrie, Brooke Lay, Brennon McBee, John McMahon, Daniel Nary, Lisette Nucamendi, Madison Osburn, Lauren Price, Brandon Pugh, Hannah Schram, Brandi Shepherd, Jackson Smith, Tyler Smith, Olivia Sodre, Selma Sosic, Brandon Spradlin, Amanda Surface, Justin Talford, Daryl Thompson, Rachel Warren and Elexia Wynn

3rd YEAR
Joshua Argabright, Michael Cone, Jasmine Crawford, Caitlyn Croft, Jacob Ellis, Hannah Gillispie, Madison Hanes, Silas Henderson, Lexi Lawrence, Schuyler Lynch, Jessie Roberts, Laurel Shelton, Chloe Simpson and Nicholas Wilson

SALEM
1ST YEAR

Sarah Ahlers, Matthew Bailey, Brooke Baxley, Shaun Blevins, Elijah Boyer, Megan Brooks, Corey Bryant, Steven Butler, Katherine Conklin, Kendall Cook, Danielle Davis, Peter Dawyot, Sierrah Deel-Morris, Anna Eaton, James Hays, Tyler Huffman, Mathew Hutchison, Grace Kelley, Kennedy Lafon, Regan Laughlin, Seth Lemon, Bailee Lintner, Issys Madden, Alexander McClintic, Jeremy Muncy, Christopher Murphy, Maddison Parrish, Nishi Patel, James Rashkovsky, William Roberts, Gurleen Singh, Annalise Smith, Haley Smith, Madison Sowder, Trenton Stiffler, Sophia Traylor and Kirsten Vest

2ND YEAR
Ethan Beutell, Suzanne Carter, James Davis, Miranda Fiedler, Trevor Gallagher, Jack Gladden, William Harless, Matthew Hernandez, Gil Houston, Landon Hylton, Megan Kelliher, Haley Patterson, Conner Payne, Joci Payne, Kenna Payne, Indigo Ritter, Micheal Rock, Daniel Sublett, Hannah Terry, Alexa Warme and Brianna Warme

3rd YEAR
Taylor Albanese, Thomas Helvey and Claire Maxey

Supporting CCAP’s Future:
The Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation has embarked on a fundraising campaign to support the evolution of its transformative Community College Access Program. Program enhancements include part-time eligibility, three years for completion, and the inclusion of the acquisition of industry-recognized certificates and credentials.

For more information about how you can join the localities, businesses, foundations, alumni, parents and friends that make college possible, contact Amanda Mansfield, Philanthropy Director; (540) 857-6962 or amansfield@virginiawestern.edu.

VWCC part of new $30 million initiative to support workforce training for unemployed Virginians

Governor Ralph Northam announced Friday that the new Re-Employing Virginians initiative for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic will provide up to $3,000 in tuition funding to train individuals in a high-demand field at Virginia Western Community College. For more information on REV and to find out if you may be eligible, visit: https://virginiawestern.edu/vwforms/rev/.

Governor Northam announced that Virginia is allocating $30 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act dollars to help Virginians whose employment has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis pursue workforce training in a high-demand field. The REV initiative will provide scholarships to eligible individuals to enroll in a workforce or community college program in five essential industries, including health care, information technology, skilled trades, public safety, and early childhood education.

“Virginians who have been furloughed, had hours reduced, or lost a job because of the pandemic are struggling and wondering what the future holds,” said Governor Northam. “Investing in programs that help people develop skills in high-demand fields is a win for workers, employers, and our economy. As we focus on recovering from the impacts of the global pandemic, the new REV initiative will give Virginians the resources they need to get back on their feet and help ensure that our Commonwealth emerges from this public health crisis even stronger than we were before.”

The initiative will provide one-time REV scholarships of $3,000 to register in a qualifying full-time workforce program and $1,500 to register part-time or in a short-term, noncredit training program.

“Even with high unemployment rates, many employers are still struggling to find the talent they need in critical sectors,” said Chief Workforce Development Advisor Megan Healy. “The REV scholarships will help close the skills gap between the jobs open and the Virginians in search of a new career path.”

“More than 70 percent of Virginians who have filed for unemployment have some college or less,” said Secretary of Education Atif Qarni. “Increasing educational opportunity for those who have recently lost jobs will build resiliency in the Commonwealth’s workforce, equip Virginians with the credentials they need to get back to work, and move Virginia closer to our goal of being the best-educated state by 2030.”

“If you have lost your job, or seen a reduction in your hours and paycheck, Virginia’s community colleges want to help you,” said Glenn DuBois, Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System. “The REV initiative offers you another way into the short-term credential and degree programs that prepare you for a high-demand career. These opportunities will be more affordable than ever before thanks to these grants, and we look forward to helping individuals and families who want to move forward, beyond the unexpected challenges posed by the pandemic.”

Interested individuals should contact Virginia Western as soon as possible to apply before the December 14, 2020 enrollment deadline. To find out more information and apply, visit: https://virginiawestern.edu/vwforms/rev/.

Educational Foundation announces fall scholarship recipients

The Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation announces that it awarded scholarships to 89 students attending the Fall Semester 2020 at Virginia Western Community College.

RecipientLocalityFall 2020 Award(s)
Carstella OsborneAlleghany CountyBeverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
Tammy MiniBedford CityFoot Levelers Endowed Scholarship
Jacob BerryBedford CountyNicholas E. Janney Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Joseph DesaiBedford CountyJohn Morris Roslyn Educational Scholarship & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Carlee ElmoreBedford CountyWalter Darnall Vinyard Endowed Scholarship
Cassie FeltisBedford CountyKiwanis Club of Botetourt County Endowed Scholarship
Emily GilmoreBedford CountyBank of Botetourt H. Watts Steger, III Annual Scholarship
Emily HargisBedford CountyDelta Dental of Virginia Foundation Endowed Scholarship
Erin HeltonBedford CountyAlumni Association Annual Book Scholarship & The John Mathis, MD and Krista Crawford-Mathis Endowed Scholarship
Jesica MartinBedford CountyBeverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship & Dr. Kevin Conway Endowed Scholarship
Olivia OverstreetBedford CountyMichael E. Warner Memorial Annual Scholarship
   
Andrew TuckBedford CountySallie and Elsie Williamson Endowed Scholarship
Gennifer TudoroiuBedford CountyGordon C. and Jean Willis Memorial Endowed Scholarship
James WadeBedford CountyConstruction Management Certificate Program Scholarship
Kelsey WilliamsonBedford CountyEducational Foundation General Scholarship
Mark DeHartBotetourt CountyGerry Montgomery Meador Endowed Scholarship
Brienna ShapiroFloyd CountyThe William Bernard Alphin Annual Scholarship & Mr. & Mrs. Emanuel Payne Endowed Scholarship
Michael WhittakerFloyd CountyAl Pollard Memorial Foundation Chefs’ Competition Annual Scholarship
Lisa AnthonyFranklin CountyVWCC Culinary Scholarship
Michael AnthonyFranklin CountyJames Mark Mitchell Memorial Art Endowed Scholarship & Pearman Annual Scholarship
Heidi AustinFranklin CountyShentel Foundation Annual Scholarship & SunTrust Community Service Endowed Scholarship
Austin BehrendtFranklin CountyFred Whitaker Company Annual Scholarship
Foster BornsteinFranklin CountyWilliam Milton Meador Endowed Scholarship
Ambria BrownFranklin CountyFred Whitaker Company Annual Scholarship
Jessica Gutierrez-ArnoldFranklin CountyLorraine Pleasants Memorial Annual Scholarship
Tyler DrowneMontgomery CountyDevelopmental Math Scholarship
Mary HougasianMontgomery CountyLewisGale Medical Center Endowed Scholarship
Hannah ChambersPoquosonThe Neall Family Charitable Foundation Scholarship
Nathan AustinRoanoke CityGertrude Light Hubbard Endowed Scholarship
Sapana BaniyaRoanoke CityPetroleum Marketers, Inc. Endowed Scholarship & The Flippin Family Endowed Scholarship
Anita BudathokiRoanoke CityDr. J. Andrew Archer Memorial Annual Scholarship
Nickolas ChuRoanoke CityBeverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Eric FilerRoanoke CityNursing Endowed Scholarship
William HobbsRoanoke CityDolores Martin Skelly Endowed Scholarship & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Mirza JarcevicRoanoke CityITT Exelis Endowed Scholarship
Antoinette MacklinRoanoke CityRichfield Living Annual Nursing Scholarship
Sabin MainaliRoanoke CityJ.K. and Donna Speas Annual Scholarship
Liannah MauldinRoanoke CityVFCCE Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Trey McDearmonRoanoke CityBeverly and Leon Harris Occupational/Technical Annual Scholarship
Derek McIntyreRoanoke CityThe Elizabeth and Harry Sellers Annual Scholarship
Marla MoockRoanoke CityAmerican Sign Language Endowed Scholarship in Memory of Laura Knight Schowe & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Seweryn MorgiewiczRoanoke CityKatherine Futrell Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Nargis NoorzadRoanoke CityRefugee and Immigrant Scholarship & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Meghan SizemoreRoanoke CityPeter and Roseta Skelly Endowed Scholarship
Bradley WallaceRoanoke CityAppalachian Power Endowed Scholarship
Katie BechtoldRoanoke CountyFriendship Annual Scholarship & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Michayla BelcherRoanoke CountyEducational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Xiaoyan CaoRoanoke CountyBusiness, Technology & Trades Annual Scholarship in honor of Deborah A. Yancey & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Jacob CarterRoanoke CountyJohn Morris Roslyn Educational Scholarship
Jeremiah CarterRoanoke CountyBeverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
Bailey CassellRoanoke CountyFred Whitaker Company Annual Scholarship
Christina ConstableRoanoke CountyFred Whitaker Company Annual Scholarship
Sean DooleyRoanoke CountyBridging the Gap Endowed Scholarship & Dennis Spaulding Memorial Developmental Scholarship
Jamie DyerRoanoke CountyDennis L. & Hazel Phillips Blalock Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Whitney GoodwinRoanoke CountyJohn Hall and Chris Tucker Honorary Endowed Scholarship
Christopher HallRoanoke CountyEmployee Giving Annual Scholarship
Kadie HarrisRoanoke CountyAlice Becker Hinchcliffe Williams Endowed Scholarship
Ellen HartleyRoanoke CountyJohn Morris Roslyn Educational Scholarship
Shannon HoeyRoanoke CountyRichard J. Gaynor Memorial Scholarship
Peaceful HtooRoanoke CountyBeverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship & Refugee and Immigrant Scholarship
Elisabeth HutchinsRoanoke CountyBeverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Rachel HutchinsRoanoke CountyFred Whitaker Company Annual Scholarship
Chidi IgboRoanoke CountyAfrican-American Railroad Heritage Annual Scholarship
Jacob JohnsonRoanoke CountyLucian Y. and June B. Grove Honorary Endowed Scholarship
Lesley LanghornRoanoke CountySuzanne Hanks Paralegal Endowed Scholarship
Haley MayhewRoanoke CountyRita Halsey David Radiography Endowed Scholarship
Daniel NaryRoanoke CountyAppalachian Power Endowed Scholarship & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Nathan PatrickRoanoke CountyVWCC Culinary Scholarship
Chinh PhamRoanoke CountyJ. David and Mary Ann Wine Endowed Scholarship
Nicole PodleckiRoanoke CountyMichael E. Warner Memorial Annual Scholarship
Amber RickmanRoanoke CountyWalter Darnall Vinyard Endowed Scholarship
Elise SaundersRoanoke CountyThe Kroger Foundation Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Madison SaundersRoanoke CountyMichael E. Warner Memorial Annual Scholarship
Kierstin ScottRoanoke CountyEmployee Family Scholarship
Michael SecrestRoanoke CountyDr. J. Andrew Archer Memorial Annual Scholarship
Laurel SheltonRoanoke CountyBeverly and Leon Harris Teaching and Nursing Annual Scholarship
Cole StohlerRoanoke CountyJudy Hackworth Memorial Annual Scholarship
Rebecca TownleyRoanoke CountyDr. Kevin Conway Endowed Scholarship
Arlyse WashRoanoke CountyDonald Willson Memorial Scholarship & David L. Nickerson Honorary Endowed Scholarship
Britney WelliverRoanoke CountyDr. Donna Harpold Memorial Annual Scholarship & Michael E. Warner Memorial Annual Scholarship
Lynden WhickerRoanoke CountyRoanoke Valley Academy of Medicine Alliance Foundation Endowed Scholarship
Stephanie ZieglerRoanoke CountyOrrin Clifton Annual Scholarship & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Zachary HostetterRockbridge CountyBeverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Zoe AustSalemBeverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
Dan BakerSalemEducational Foundation General Scholarship
Landon HyltonSalemBeverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Sara HyltonSalemLewisGale Medical Center Endowed Scholarship & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Hannah TerrySalemBeverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship & Gerald Pace Textbook Scholarship for Salem CCAP Students
Alexa WarmeSalemMcFarland Endowed Scholarship
For information on donating to or establishing a scholarship at Virginia Western, contact Donor  Relations Coordinator Amanda Mansfield at (540) 857-6962 or amansfield@virginiawestern.edu. 

In honor of Rachelle Koudelik-Jones (1976-2020)

Virginia Western Dean of Institutional Effectiveness Rachelle Koudelik-Jones passed away peacefully on Saturday following a courageous battle with cancer. To read Rachelle’s obituary and find information about the celebration of her life, please visit: https://www.johnmoakey.com/memorials/paige-koudelik-jones/4331935/obituary.php.

A celebration will take place on Saturday, September 26, from 12-5 p.m. at Rachelle’s home and be held outside at 1627 Sunset Avenue, Salem, VA 24153. Her family looks forward to having you share your stories about this amazing scholar, educator, leader, friend, and mom. There will be overflow parking available for Virginia Western employees at Lakeside Church and daycare parking lots.

Virginia Western is working on an on-campus memorial for Rachelle. More information will be sent out as details are finalized.

Rachelle’s family has created a College Savings Fund to help her daughter, Maddy, pursue her dreams after her high school graduation and honor her mother’s legacy. For more details, visit: https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8sCRoPHpxd.

To read about Rachelle’s contributions to Virginia Western and how she inspired her colleagues throughout her long battle, visit: https://virginiawestern.edu/news/2020/09/dean-of-institutional-effectiveness-is-a-leader-and-friend-to-count-on/.

Virginia Western announces new cohort of Fralin Futures STEM-H scholarship recipients

After a successful pilot year, the Virginia Western Community Educational Foundation expanded the Fralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship program, doubling the number of recipients for 2020-21.

Twenty-six students were named to the 2020-21 Fralin Scholars cohort and will receive financial and academic resources to assist them in completing their final semesters at Virginia Western and graduating as planned.

The Fralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship program launched in fall 2019 with 12 outstanding students in science, technology, math, engineering and the health professions. Of that initial cohort, 11 graduated by summer 2020, with the 12th student still enrolled at Virginia Western.

“We are incredibly happy to see the Foundation’s most prestigious scholarship start with such success,” said Amanda Mansfield, Educational Foundation Philanthropy Director. She noted that a survey of scholarship recipients showed 83 percent were uncertain they could have completed on time without the Fralin funding. In addition, half of the students said they used the support to meet unexpected and critical expenses that might have forced them to leave school.  

“What may be even more meaningful,” Mansfield said, “is the added program benefits of cohort activities.” All of the students said they were more likely to pursue leadership opportunities in the future, after attending a Fralin-sponsored leadership training. Ninety-one percent said they were more or much more likely to pursue mentorship opportunities in the future, due to their experience as a Fralin Scholar.

Funded through an endowment from the Horace G. Fralin Charitable Trust, the scholarship is meant to not only help recipients complete their degrees, but also to assist them in finding well-paying and engaging careers within STEM-H fields.

The idea for the program was sparked in 2017, when the Educational Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises money for College scholarships, conducted a campus-wide listening tour with faculty and staff. Vice President of Institutional Advancement Marilyn Herbert-Ashton said a number of staff members pointed out that sudden misfortune could easily derail students, especially adult learners. Unexpected bills, job loss, a lack of transportation, child and elder care are among the common challenges that can force an otherwise promising student to drop out.

Herbert-Ashton said those responses were not surprising. Nearly one-third of Virginia Western students are over age 25, and most juggle full- or part-time jobs in addition to their class schedules. Some are single parents, or are responsible for the care of aging relatives; a number are the first in their family to pursue a postsecondary education.

By covering the cost of a recipient’s final two semesters, the Fralin Futures program eases one of the major burdens that can make completing a degree seem daunting. Recipients receive an additional stipend each semester equal to their tuition, which can defray unexpected costs that might come up during a student’s final year.

In addition to receiving the scholarship support, Fralin Scholars are paired with mentors and receive the opportunity to attend relevant professional and educational events, both within and outside of Virginia. Programming in fall 2020 will be conducted virtually, with Zoom sessions connecting students to mentors, leadership training and counseling from the Hall Associates Career Center at Virginia Western.

The following students are part of the 2020-21 cohort:

Kimberly Archer, Nursing

Alexis Bedrosian, Nursing

Kaitlyn Bowman, Radiation Oncology

Raistlin Brabson, Mechatronics System Engineering Technology

Tuan Chau, Computer Science/Engineering

Meredith Dobyns, Radiation Oncology

Christina Fiedler, Nursing

Raegan Glenn, Dental Hygiene

Kristine Harper, Practical Nursing

Lorenzo Hernandez-Suarez, Mechatronics System Engineering Technology

Allyson Herriges, Health Sciences

Alicia Hibbs, Practical Nursing

Trevor Hill, Science

Gabriel Johnson, Engineering

Madeline Jones, Database and Program Development

Macie Killen, Mechatronics System Engineering Technology

Sara Kingery, Dental Hygiene

Carrie Lawson, Practical Nursing

Mackenzie Massey, Science

William McCoy, Computer Science

Giovanna Morabito, Dental Hygiene

Kira Shelor, Computer Science

Sarah Snyder, Radiography

Selma Sosic, Health Sciences

Rory Underwood, Engineering

Deana Valade, Nursing

Fralin Futures scholarship applications for the 2021-22 academic year will be accepted starting in March 2021. To qualify, students must have a 3.0 GPA in a STEM-H program of study at Virginia Western and be within two semesters of graduating. For more information, visit www.virginiawestern.edu/fralinfutures.

It’s not too late! Enroll now for late-start Fall classes!

Virginia Western provides a wide-array of late-start classes this Fall Semester, lasting 8 or 12 weeks, both online and featuring in-person labs. Take courses related to such topics as public speaking, culinary, horticulture, U.S. history, U.S. government, network security and much more!

Visit the Fall Class Schedule and search via 8 week or 12 week session to see what is available and will help you get ahead!: https://m.sis.vccs.edu/index.php/app/catalog/classSearch/2204?institution=VW286

Nursing faculty earn national distinction

For the first time in the history of Virginia Western Community College’s Nursing Program, six faculty members have earned the designation of Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), one of the highest distinctions for a nurse educator.

The faculty members earned the credential by meeting strict eligibility criteria and successfully completing a rigorous exam administered by the National League of Nursing.

“It’s important that we are always challenging ourselves to be better, and we also want to be the best for our students to inspire them to be successful. The way to do that is to be at the top of our game,” said Lauren Hayward, Administrative Officer for the College’s Nursing Program.

Nationally, the failure rate for the CNE exam is high, so the College was committed to providing the faculty with the tools they needed to prepare for success. The Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation awarded an Innovation Grant to provide funding to establish a library of resources, study materials and test fees.

Five of the six faculty members were scheduled to test in March before the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted testing schedules, postponing exam completion until late summer.

“They rose to the challenge and kept their heads in the game,” said Hayward. “As nurses, we don’t get to collapse during a pandemic; we rise. They modeled resilience to each other, their peers, students and the community.”

Having most faculty members with this certification is unique for an associate-level nursing program, said Marilyn Herbert-Ashton, Vice President of Institutional Advancement.

“This is another way to demonstrate that our faculty are continuously learning, and that commitment to lifelong learning is important for nursing students to see,” Herbert-Ashton said. “It’s another way for the community to see that we have a stellar nursing program, taught by faculty of the highest caliber.”

The Virginia Western nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing. There are about 120 first- and second-year nursing students enrolled in the concept-based curriculum program. Sixty students graduated in May 2020 to pursue their careers as registered nurses.

Donor’s gift doubles amount of emergency funds available to students

An anonymous donor’s gift of $10,000 has doubled the amount of funding available in the Virginia Western Rapids Response Student Emergency Fund. The donor is a retired businessman and an alumnus of Virginia Western College who wants to help students struggling to balance school and financial emergencies during the COVID-19 crisis.

The donor recalled meeting his wife 45 years ago in a Virginia Western geology class. “We were so poor, we couldn’t afford to buy a Texas Instrument hand-held calculator for each of us, so I used my slide ruler and gave her the calculator,” he said.

After graduating from a Virginia four-year university with an engineering degree, the donor went on to found a successful business. He supported that university as an alumnus, “but I realize it is Virginia Western that needs my help now, and they were the first to help me. They prepared me for what was to come.”

His gift benefits a longstanding Virginia Western Educational Foundation fund that was newly renamed in spring 2020 to recognize the college’s athletics nickname – the Rapids – and to reflect the urgency behind its commitment to assisting students. Applicants may receive up to $500 per academic year to address a financial hardship that threatens to interfere with them completing their coursework.

“Right now, we are seeing students who lack a computer at home, so they cannot complete online classes,” said Amanda Mansfield, Philanthropy Director of the Virginia Western Educational Foundation. “We’ve been able to buy them a laptop so they can finish the semester and hopefully graduate on time.”

In the past, the fund has been tapped quickly – within 48 hours of application – pay for unforeseen expenses such as medical or car repair bills. The Educational Foundation also can award Kroger grocery or gas cards, and arrange for emergency Uber rides to or from class.

“We know that most of our students work at least one job in addition to going to class. Their finances are tight, and with one missed bill things can quickly snowball,” Mansfield said. “The student can feel overwhelmed and lose focus on class. This fund helps take the pressure off.”

An applicant is also connected with a campus advisory council, whose members assess the student’s overall needs and help them connect with other community resources, such as the Bradley Free Clinic or the Council of Community Services.

“This isn’t just about providing that $500. We want our rapid response to also help connect the student to ongoing support and more long-term solutions,” Mansfield said.

To apply, students must be currently enrolled in at least 6 credits, have a minimum 2.0 GPA and meet other eligibility requirements. There is no deadline to apply; applications are accepted year-round.

Or contact:
Amanda Mansfield, Philanthropy Director
Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation
amansfield@virginiawestern.edu
(540) 857-6962

In-person advising, financial aid and tuition payment appointments available

Virginia Western is pleased to announce the availability of in-person appointments for advising, financial aid & tuition payment services.  Advising & financial aid in-person appointments are available now.  In-person appointments to make cash or check tuition payments will be available beginning July 27 as the college prepares for the fall tuition payment deadline (August 5). 

In addition to these in-person appointments, online and phone support will continue to be available.  In-person, online, and phone appointments can be scheduled using Navigate, which is accessible through each student’s MyVWCC account.

To learn more, visit: https://www.virginiawestern.edu/advising/index.php

Notice of partial closure of Parking Lot 9 from 7/6-7/17

Please be aware that two bays of parking in (upper) Lot 9 along Colonial Ave. (between the STEM Building and College Services Building) will be closed for milling, paving and restriping from this Monday, 7/6/20 through Friday, 7/17/20.  During this time, student parking on South Campus will be available in Lots 1, 2, 3 & 4, with Faculty/Staff Parking also being available in Lot 1E. Upon completion, this portion of Lot 9 (including new ADA parking spaces near the STEM Building and Transportation Plaza) will be fully available for use. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we complete these campus improvements!