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Averett University and Virginia Western Community College Partner in First Articulation Agreement

Today, Averett University President Dr. Tiffany M. Franks and Virginia Western Community College President Dr. Robert Sandel made history as the first partnership between the two schools became official. The presidents signed an articulation agreement making it easier for students who start their education at Virginia Western to complete their bachelor’s degree at Averett.

The articulation agreement allows for students who have completed their Associate in Applied Science degree in administration of justice from Virginia Western, with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, to transfer to Averett to complete their Bachelor of Science in sociology/criminal justice degree. The student will enter Averett with a junior status and can expect to graduate after completing a minimum of 60 credits at Averett.

“We are excited to enter into a new partnership with Virginia Western Community College. This is a wonderful opportunity for more students who wish to build upon their two-year degree and transition easily to a four-year university. This couldn’t happen without a great partner school like Virginia Western,” Franks said. “This agreement also expands Averett’s footprint in the Roanoke area, where we have a Graduate and Professional Studies regional presence at the Roanoke Higher Education Center. We are delighted for the opportunity to serve more students from the Roanoke region.”

The agreement allows for an orderly and smooth transition for students including many scholarship and financial aid options. Members of Phi Theta Kappa, the community college honor society, are automatically awarded a $2,000 Phii Theta Kappa Scholarship once they are admitted to Averett University.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our students to seamlessly continue their education at such a fine institution as Averett,” Sandel said. “We are very proud of the success of our administration of justice students and the large number of the region’s law enforcement officers who have graduated from the program. Through this partnership, they will have expanded opportunities to gain valuable knowledge and skills to advance in the profession.”

Additionally, the two presidents signed a Guaranteed Admissions Agreement/Community Educational Partnership Agreement stating that Averett welcomes and values the transfer students from VWCC.

VWCC to provide Leadership Bootcamps in downtown Roanoke

Virginia Western Community College will offer a comprehensive one-day Leadership Bootcamp monthly beginning in April at the RAMP business accelerator in downtown Roanoke. The eight-hour workshop will be held on the first Friday of each month, except for July, and will help individuals build important leadership skills such as teamwork, communication and soft-skills.

“Business leaders around the Roanoke Region have indicated they want more opportunities for future leaders to build these type of skills, and this workshop will deliver,” said Milan Hayward, Vice President of Workforce Solutions at Virginia Western. “In our new classroom in the RAMP facility, individuals will gain essential soft skills they need to advance in an existing business or grow their own businesses as entrepreneurs.”

WHAT:             Leadership Bootcamp

WHEN:             9 a.m.-5 p.m. on the first Friday of each month, except July, beginning on April 1, 2017

WHERE:           RAMP business accelerator, Gill Memorial Building, 709 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke, VA

SIGN UP:          http://www.virginiawestern.edu/ramp/index.php

CONTACT:       Samantha Steidle, Innovation Officer, at 540-857-6076 or ssteidle@virginiawestern.edu

COST:                $285 + $99 in materials/books fees for assessments; class size limited to 20 students; Registration required by the first of each month

As part of the workshop, participants will complete a team work cycle assessment to better understand the four phases and eight roles of a project cycle they prefer to work within. They will also complete a DISC assessment to discover and understand their behavioral style and how to become more effective in communicating and working with others.

Other topics available upon request include time management, emotional intelligence, the ability to build trust and generational divides.

VW Express to offer rapid enrollment for Fall Semester on July 9

Virginia Western Community College announces that it will host its second annual Virginia Western Express to rapidly and conveniently help students complete all the necessary steps to enroll for Fall Semester 2016. Virginia Western Express will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, July 9 on the third floor of the Student Life Center.

Students will be able to explore educational programs and careers, apply to the College, gain financial aid assistance, complete placement testing and register for classes.

Open enrollment for Virginia Western’s Fall Semester will begin on June 27 and the semester starts on Aug. 22. Students can pursue more than 70 programs of study from Accounting to Wellness and can benefit from guaranteed transfer to four-year universities as well as hands-on career training. Students should visit www.virginiawestern.edu to learn more about what classes are available and to enroll online.