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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.

Virginia Western to hold iPad classes for the public this fall

Virginia Western Community College announces an all-in-one iPad class that will teach attendees how to get the most out of their new technology. The latest Apple news, most revolutionary apps and most innovative iCloud features will be explored.

The Fall iPad Event will be held twice: from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7 in Virginia Western’s Natural Science Center in Roanoke; and from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11 in the Greenfield Center Auditorium in Daleville. The cost to attend 11/11/11 event is $20 if registration is completed by Nov. 4, or $30 at the door (checks or money orders only). All attendees will be entered to win an Apple Airport Express, provided by Audiotronics. Attendees are asked to bring along their iPads, iPhones or other Apple products.

The Fall iPad Event will focus on features such as FaceTime, Airplay and iCloud that are changing the ways in which people are working, learning and playing. School districts such as Roanoke County and Franklin County are quickly seeing the benefits of this technology, and teachers and administrators are encouraged to attend this class to explore what is possible.

For more information or to sign up for the Fall iPad Event, visit http://www.virginiawestern.edu/workforce/classes/ipad.php or contact Paulette Parkhill at (540) 857-6514 or pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu.