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Fall short-term courses in IT available

Virginia Western Community College’s Workforce Solutions is offering three informational technology (IT) courses this fall to help individuals seeking to begin a new career or advance in the field. Fall classes include: IT Fundamentals and Pathways, A+ Computer Support & Repair (CompTIA A+) and CompTIA Network+. Workforce Solutions offers help with educational and career planning as well as information on available financial assistance. Please contact Workforce Solutions at (540) 857-6076 or careernavigators@virginiawestern.edu.

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IT Fundamentals and Pathways
Start here if you are considering a career in IT or seeking a broader understanding of IT. This course will provide you with the fundamental technical knowledge about personal computers that you need to work efficiently or determine your next career move. IT Fundamentals is the stepping stone to and recommended prerequisite for CompTIA A+.
Learn to:
• Identify computer components, applications, and operating systems
• Install software & troubleshoot common issues
• Establish a secure network
• Identify security issues and threats
Fall 2018 schedule: September 5-26; Mondays & Wednesdays; 5:30-9:30 p.m.

A+ Computer Support & Repair (CompTIA A+)
The CompTIA A+ certification is the industry preferred credential for entry-level IT positions. This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to enter the technical support and IT operations field and prepare for the CompTIA A+ certification exam.
Learn to:
• Identify components of computers and mobile devices
• Assemble a desktop computer and configure a network
• Install, configure, and troubleshoot programs and operating systems
• Identify security threats/vulnerabilities and implement controls
• Manage and support system components and mobile devices
Fall 2018 schedule: October 3-December 12; Mondays & Wednesdays; 6-10 p.m.

CompTIA Network+
Build on your CompTIA A+ with CompTIA Network +. This course will equip you with the fundamental skills and concepts that you will need to use on the job in any type of networking career and prepare you for the CompTIA Network + certification exam.
Learn to:
• Identify major network concepts, implementations, and services
• Configure, troubleshoot, and manage a network
• Implement routing technologies and protocols
• Identify the components used in cloud computing and virtualization
• Prevent and respond to network security breaches
Fall 2018 schedule: November 10-December 8; Saturdays; 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

In memory of Pat Rhodes

The Virginia Western family lost a long-standing member on Thursday when long-time facilities manger Pat Rhodes passed away unexpectedly.
In this time of great sadness, please support one another and keep Pat’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. Pat devoted his career to serving Virginia Western and was a fixture at the college for nearly 30 years.
Pat was a devoted member of Troutville Baptist Church and supported the Boy Scouts of America at every level. He was a man of many talents, including photography.
The times and locations for his viewing and funeral are:
Viewing for friends – Monday, 7/23 from 2 – 4 p.m. and 6 – 8 p.m. at Oakey’s North Chapel; 6732 Peters Creek Road, Roanoke, VA 24019
Funeral – Tuesday, 7/24 at 11 a.m. at Troutville Baptist Church; 5520 Lee Hwy, Troutville, VA 24175

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.