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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.


VWCC to provide Leadership Bootcamps in downtown Roanoke

Virginia Western Community College will offer a comprehensive one-day Leadership Bootcamp monthly beginning in April at the RAMP business accelerator in downtown Roanoke. The eight-hour workshop will be held on the first Friday of each month, except for July, and will help individuals build important leadership skills such as teamwork, communication and soft-skills.

“Business leaders around the Roanoke Region have indicated they want more opportunities for future leaders to build these type of skills, and this workshop will deliver,” said Milan Hayward, Vice President of Workforce Solutions at Virginia Western. “In our new classroom in the RAMP facility, individuals will gain essential soft skills they need to advance in an existing business or grow their own businesses as entrepreneurs.”

WHAT:             Leadership Bootcamp

WHEN:             9 a.m.-5 p.m. on the first Friday of each month, except July, beginning on April 1, 2017

WHERE:           RAMP business accelerator, Gill Memorial Building, 709 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke, VA

SIGN UP:          http://www.virginiawestern.edu/ramp/index.php

CONTACT:       Samantha Steidle, Innovation Officer, at 540-857-6076 or ssteidle@virginiawestern.edu

COST:                $285 + $99 in materials/books fees for assessments; class size limited to 20 students; Registration required by the first of each month

As part of the workshop, participants will complete a team work cycle assessment to better understand the four phases and eight roles of a project cycle they prefer to work within. They will also complete a DISC assessment to discover and understand their behavioral style and how to become more effective in communicating and working with others.

Other topics available upon request include time management, emotional intelligence, the ability to build trust and generational divides.

Sign up now for non-credit cooking classes starting in October

The Al Pollard Culinary Arts Program at Virginia Western will again offer popular non-credit cooking classes to the public. All classes meet on a Saturday from Noon-4 p.m. at the kitchen within the Claude Moore Complex: 109 N. Henry Street, NW, Roanoke (behind the Roanoke Higher Education Center). Cost is $50 per class payable same day as registering.

Available classes include:

  • Cooking with Beer (Class #71815) – 10/11/14
  • Bread Basics-What is Gluten? (Class #71826) – 11/8/14
  • Dinner for Two-Basic Cooking Skills (Class #71830) – 11/22/14
  • Gluten-Free Cooking (Class #71833 ) – 12/6/14

To register, complete the free-of-charge online application at https://apply.vccs.edu/oa/launch.action. If you have any problems with applying, call the Admissions Office at 540-857-7231 (press 9).
NOTE: Do not declare a major when completing the application. Indicate that you are a transient (non-degree seeking) student. Questions? Call School of Business, Technology and Trades at (540) 857-7272.