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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.

Virginia Western offers unique online chemistry course this fall

Students will have ability to fulfill lab requirements at home

This fall semester, Virginia Western Community College is offering a completely online chemistry course designed with the non-science major in mind. Virginia Western is one of only a few schools within the Virginia Community College System offering the full two-semester sequence, Chemistry 101 and 102 with an at-home lab kit.

Social science, liberal arts, general education and business administration students enrolled at the college, many of whom transfer as non-science majors to Bachelor of Arts programs, and those currently enrolled at four-year schools who need to take a science sequence course are candidates for this course offering. Chemistry professor Owen Lofthus says “an estimated one-third of the student population at Virginia Western could potentially benefit from this offering, as well as students enrolled in other four-year schools.”

The course sequence provides students flexibility at Virginia Western’s affordable tuition and fulfills the science requirement for graduation. Students purchase lab kits created by Hands-On Labs, a world leader in distance learning science materials, to use at home. If a student is already receiving financial aid, then financial aid coverage for the lab kit is possible by ordering through the bookstore.

As with all classes at Virginia Western, the instructor is available through online communication and office hours to distance learning students, and there are the traditional onsite resources such as tutoring, career services, academic link support, etc. The testing center hosts tests for students to take throughout the semester within announced ranges of time for students to take as their schedule permits.

Virginia Western is pleased to continue expanding distance learning offerings this semester, accommodating the needs of students and supporting their life-long professional goals. To learn more about this new course offering and other courses for the fall semester, please visit: https://virginiawestern.edu.


Virginia Western now offering revamped manufacturing programs

Short-term Industrial Maintenance and Machining programs develop in-demand skills

Virginia Western Community College’s Workforce Solutions is offering two revamped manufacturing programs starting this summer: Industrial Maintenance and Machining. Both programs consider possible credit for prior learning and offer financial assistance for those who qualify.

The Industrial Maintenance program is two classes on basic manufacturing skills and maintenance taught at the Goodwill IMT lab and completed within approximately six months. The next offering of the program begins July 25. Students network with businesses in the community throughout their course of study and leave with employable, in-demand skills.

For students who desire to continue advancing their education after the Industrial Maintenance program, they may enter the college’s associate degree in Mechatronics and be eligible for Siemens Mechatronics Systems Certification. Completion of an associate’s degree also allows for continued higher education with articulation agreements with four-year universities, such as Virginia Tech, Old Dominion University and Purdue University within this specialty.

The Machining program is four courses, the first starting in August and includes instruction in machining fundamentals, and redesigned mill operator and turning operator courses, as well as advanced machining. Completion of this program earns students eleven lifetime, level one, credentials through the National Institute of Metalworking Skills.

To learn more, about how to acquire these sought after career credentials please contact Sandy Workman at 540-857-6407 or visit,  https://www.virginiawestern.edu/workforce/programs/trades.php.