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Scholarships available for Entrepreneurial Mindset & Gig Economy course

 Virginia Western Community College has announced a second session of their gig-economy course designed to help students get an inside perspective on the future of work.

“Entrepreneurial Mindset: Gig Economy Edition” will start on June 12 at the RAMP business accelerator, 709 S. Jefferson St., in downtown Roanoke. During the 12-week, 16-hour career-credit program, students will gain perspective into the uncertain but potentially rewarding world of short-term jobs, contract work and freelance assignments.

Students will learn how to bootstrap their way into a successful business rather than taking financial risk. They will learn to identify problems, find solutions and build customer relationships through an iterative experimental process.

The course, taught by Virginia Western RAMP Instructor Sheri Winesett, is ideal for anyone who wants to transition from being an employee to being an independent worker, explore entrepreneurship as a pre-retirement transition, earn extra money while maintaining a current job, transition from unemployed to self-employed, and use their skills, talents and interests to discover their entrepreneurial path.

“Entrepreneurial Mindset: Gig Economy Edition” will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for eight consecutive nights starting June 12. One-on-one mentoring by appointment is included for the four weeks following the course. Instruction will include in-class discussion and online learning.

A grant from the state’s Building Entrepreneurial Economies initiative helps the final cost of this course be only $25 to students. Scholarship applications are now being accepted at: www.virginiawestern.edu/startup. The deadline to apply is May 31.

Virginia Western joins the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council and the City of Roanoke as one of the three founding members of the RAMP business accelerator. The College offers nationally recognized programs on entrepreneurship in the building’s second-floor classroom. For more information, contact RAMP Innovation Officer Samantha Steidle at ssteidle@virginiawestern.edu.

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

Information on job training for Mountain Valley project

Virginia’s Community Colleges and the Laborers’ International Union of North America have entered a partnership for recruitment, education and training of employees to work on the Mountain Valley Pipeline project. Virginia Western does not have a job training program for this project in place at this time. As information becomes available on  job training courses and how students may enroll, it will be posted on this website and at Virginia Western’s social media accounts.

Virginia Western offers a wide variety of training programs designed to assist students with career preparation and professional development. Explore our homepage to see class offerings and visit our Workforce Solutions page to learn about accelerated courses designed to help those seeking employment: http://virginiawestern.edu/workforce/index.php.