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Information on job training for Mountain Valley project

Virginia’s Community Colleges and the Laborers’ International Union of North America have entered a partnership for recruitment, education and training of employees to work on the Mountain Valley Pipeline project. Virginia Western does not have a job training program for this project in place at this time. As information becomes available on  job training courses and how students may enroll, it will be posted on this website and at Virginia Western’s social media accounts.

Virginia Western offers a wide variety of training programs designed to assist students with career preparation and professional development. Explore our homepage to see class offerings and visit our Workforce Solutions page to learn about accelerated courses designed to help those seeking employment: http://virginiawestern.edu/workforce/index.php.

Kids College registration now open for summer

Virginia Western Community College announces that registration is now open for its summer Kids College programs. A wide array of classes are available for students in rising grades 3rd through 10th.


Virginia Western’s Kids College programs offer summer classes in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) as well as the arts. Classes will have a project-based learning approach.

Popular returning classes are related to robotics, coding, game design and minecraft. Virginia Western instructors will teach several new classes including culinary, singing and stage techniques, astronomy, horticulture, and art & disease. The popular Black Rocket program offers new classes including Code Adventures, Roblox, and App IO.  Younger students can enjoy fun and educational classes with Sciensational in Creative Engineering and participate in exciting Science Projects.

Summer courses are weeklong and run from 9 a.m. – Noon and from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  Different camps are available each week starting June 18 and running through July 27. Register early to guarantee your spot!


Virginia Western Campus, Roanoke (Map and directions)


Contact Cassandra Dove at 540-857-6811 or cdove@virginiawestern.edu.



Delta Dental provides support to RAMP

Delta Dental of Virginia has contributed $30,000 to the Regional Acceleration and Mentoring Program (RAMP) to support innovation and entrepreneurship in the Roanoke and New River valleys.

The funding will help pay for expenses and programs at the RAMP’s headquarters  at 709 S. Jefferson St. in downtown Roanoke.

“Delta Dental is Virginia’s largest dental benefits company, and we are constantly investing in ways to remain on the forefront of technology when it comes to serving our customers,” said Frank Lucia, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Virginia. “Being headquartered in Roanoke, we are committed to supporting innovation in our growing technology and health sciences industries. We believe this investment will support our emerging startup culture and attract and retain talent in the region.”

RAMP’s mission is to help high-potential startups expand and create jobs in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics and health (STEM-H) fields throughout the Roanoke-Blacksburg region. Partners in the initiative include the City of Roanoke, which renovated RAMP’s home in the historic Gill Memorial Hospital building; the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council (RBTC), which recruits RAMP participants and provides them mentorship and networking opportunities; and Virginia Western Community College, which provides on-site business education training.

“We are deeply appreciative for Delta Dental’s pledge to innovation and entrepreneurship,” added Robert McAden, president and CEO of the RBTC. “Supporters like Delta Dental understand that our success is about planting the seeds. If we want the region to grow, we need to foster entrepreneurship. Growing business is important, because those businesses eventually become customers. We need a thriving startup culture to grow.”

As part of the contribution, one of the rooms in the RAMP building will be named after Delta Dental of Virginia.

RAMP participants, called cohort companies, are selected every year for the opportunity to benefit from a mentoring program, networking opportunities, business education and access to capital. Applications are being accepted for the next cohort. The companies will be announced at RBTC’s TechNite awards gala on May 3.