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Virginia Western to host introduction workshop about collaborative robots (cobots)

Virginia Western Community College has partnered with Hartfiel Automation to provide a collaborative robot (cobot) workshop on Oct. 9. Participants will how cobots impact our lives past, present and future. This workshop will include hands-on activities, lunch and a networking event.

Topics that we will be covering at the workshop:
• The history of cobots – past, present & future
• The value & benefits of universal robots
• Possible applications – 3 D’s: The dull, the dirty & the dangerous
• Supportive tools/end of arm tooling (EOAT)
• Hands on activities & introductions to top industry experts

When: 8:30 a.m. – noon, Oct. 9

Where: Virginia Western Community College, 3094 Colonial Ave. SW, Roanoke, VA 24015

Cost: $99.00 refundable deposit

Register: See Virginia Western’s Facebook event page or register at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/regform…

Virginia Western students chosen to present rural broadband solution at Botetourt County Rural Broadband Technology Summit

Virginia Western students, Lauren Estep and Chase Schepise, presented their winning poster presentation at Botetourt County’s two-day, BoCo Rural Broadband Technology Solutions Summit this week, and received $250 scholarship awards from Bank of Botetourt. Professor Jeff Scott’s internetworking class submitted posters to the summit as part of the summits challenge: Education in Action – Rural Broadband Concept Solution.

BoCo Summit’s site explains, “The Rural Broadband Summit provides a connective path to the implementation of advanced, affordable, high capacity internet for all Botetourt County, in the near future.” And, that Botetourt County is becoming a pioneer in providing rural broadband solutions for the county as over 3,000 rural counties nationwide observe the county’s process.

The two-day summit, September 25 and 26, brought more than 40 speakers, sharing their experiences in rural broadband and information on leading technologies such as drones, fiber networks and TV white space, according to a Roanoke Times article. Information gathered at the summit will help develop solutions to expanding broadband across the county.

Virginia Western Educational Foundation announces first recipients of new scholarships honoring late faculty

Two Virginia Western Community College Student students are benefiting this fall from new scholarships set up in memory of beloved faculty at the college.

Colleen Morrison of Roanoke is the first recipient of the Business, Technology & Trades Annual Scholarship in honor of Deborah A. Yancey, which was named for the late dean of Business, Technology and Trades at Virginia Western. Morrison is an English/digital journalism teacher at Cave Spring High School who is seeking an associate’s degree specializing in Database and Program Development.

Laurel Shelton of Vinton is the first recipient of the Richard J. Gaynor Memorial Scholarship, which was named for the late professor of mental health technology at the College. Shelton is enrolled in the health sciences program and hopes to become a pediatric nurse practitioner.

“It is wonderful to know that the legacy of such impactful instructor-leaders will continue to better the lives of deserving students,” said Amanda Mansfield, Philanthropy Director at the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation, a nonprofit organization affiliated with the College that raises money for and administers these scholarships.  “It is a most fitting tribute to the values both cherished most.”

Yancey’s scholarship was established by her College co-workers after her passing in 2017.  It provides $500 per semester in tuition assistance to a student enrolled in at least 6 credits in a Business, Technology & Trades program of study. Recipients must possess a minimum 2.0 GPA, and priority is given to those demonstrating financial need.

Yancey, who was presented Virginia Western’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2017, started at the College in 1996 as a student and part-time tutor. From there, she completed three associate’s degrees from Virginia Western, achieved her bachelor’s at Radford University and master’s from Averett University. She became a Virginia Western adjunct in 2003 and continued to teach until 2014, when she became dean of BTT.

Gaynor’s endowed scholarship was established after his passing in 2015 by family members, with support from colleagues and friends.  It provides $515 per semester in assistance for tuition, books and other related expenses to a student enrolled in at least 12 credits with a minimum 2.5 GPA.

Gaynor joined the faculty at Virginia Western in September 1977. During his time at the College, he served as the assistant dean for the Social Sciences division and as the program head for the Human Services program. He taught a variety of classes for that program, and was named Virginia Western’s Faculty Marshal for 2011, retiring that same year.

The Yancey and Gaynor scholarship are among 125 individual scholarship funds managed by the Virginia Western Educational Foundation. Applications for spring 2019 scholarships will be accepted from Sept. 14 to Oct. 19, 2018. To learn more and apply, visit virginiawestern.edu/scholarship.