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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.

Historical renovation of Culinary Arts facility honored

Virginia Western Community College and the Roanoke Higher Education Center were recently honored by the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation for the historical interpretive elements incorporated into the $6 million expansion of the Claude Moore Educational Complex. The facility, which houses the Al Pollard Culinary Arts program at Virginia Western, was cited as a Heritage Education site for architectural elements to commemorate the rich history of the Gainsboro Community and Henry Street.

When the Roanoke Higher Education Center partnered with Virginia Western to expand the Culinary Arts School on Henry Street in 2016, they reached out to the community and asked them to help develop interpretive pieces for Henry Street and the historic Strand Theatre. The Gainsboro History Walk Committee, which  recently completed the Gainsboro History Panels on Wells Avenue in 2014, spearheaded the effort to tell the story of Henry Street, which was the vibrant cultural and business center for African Americans at the turn of the 20th century until its devastation by urban renewal in the 1950s and 1960s.

“Focusing on the history of the Gainsboro community was an important piece of the renovation and expansion project. Exterior panels consisting of pictures and audio were placed on the Claude Moore building facing Henry Street that tell the story of those who lived and worked in the area during the 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s,” said Dr. Kay Dunkley, Executive Director of the Roanoke Higher Education Center. “We are thrilled with how it turned out and look forward to it being a cornerstone in the community.”

The History Walk Committee – comprised of representatives from the Gainsborough Southwest Community Organization, the Historic Gainsboro Preservation District and other local stakeholders – worked for two years to identify the themes for the panels, locate historic photographs, and collect oral histories. Working closely with the Gainsboro Branch and the Virginia Room of the Roanoke City Library, the committee used historic images and recorded recollections of residents to bring this vibrant history back to life.

With funding provided by the Higher Education Center, Hill Studio provided professional design services and Gropen Inc. of Charlottesville fabricated and installed the interpretive panels. The completed project now features both interior and exterior exhibits with accompanying oral histories about Henry Street and the businesses that once operated there. These interpretive pieces are outstanding examples of a collaborative, community effort to tell the important history of Henry Street during the Jim Crow era and to educate residents and visitors of its evolution as the commercial and social center of the Gainsboro community. With the new investment on Henry Street and now, the visible story of its significant history, there is renewed hope of establishing new businesses and continued community outreach that will foster understanding and healing.

The partners hosted a grand opening for the expanded facility in September. The expansion created more than 8,000 square feet of state-of-the-art kitchen and academic space for the college’s Culinary Arts Program.

“This new facility, in addition to providing the top-of-the-line educational and training space for our students, is a living history lesson,” said Yvonne Campbell, interim dean of the School of Business Technology and Trades. “It gives us a chance to celebrate the past while providing a strong future for the area and individuals in it.”

Currently, more than 330 students take classes in Virginia Western’s culinary arts program, which offers a two-year associate’s degree as well as industry certifications. Since 2013, the Virginia Western Educational Foundation has awarded more than 150 full culinary scholarships, thanks to the support of the Al Pollard Memorial Foundation. Al Pollard was a Roanoke restaurateur behind Corned Beef & Co., Frankie Rowland’s and 419 West who died suddenly in 2006.

“This is a true and valuable partnership between Virginia Western, the Roanoke Higher Education Center, Roanoke and the Gainsboro Community,” said State Senator John Edwards. “This new expansion allows us to grow and celebrate this vibrant area’s history.”