Type your search keyword, and press enter

New science program joining Regional Academy

Virginia Western Community College announces the addition of an Applied Interdisciplinary Science Program to its Regional Academy. The Regional Academy is a distinctive, two-year curriculum where faculty prepare students to excel in undergraduate programs and in related careers by exposing them to advanced coursework and inquiry based laboratory experiences.

The Regional Academy is a program designed to grow the number of students entering the science, technology, engineering and health professions pipelines by engaging high school juniors and seniors with an educational experience that is fun, challenging and focused on these areas. Students currently come on campus for classes Monday through Friday to study either Engineering, Mechatronics or Health Sciences.  Beginning in Fall 2018, students will also be able to study Interdisciplinary Science through the Academy.

“We are thrilled to be offering this new program at the Regional Academy that will give high school students a strong foundation in college-level science,” said Amy White, Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). “All our academy programs are preparing students in the region to continue their education and pursue pathways growing career fields.”

The new Applied Interdisciplinary Science Program will empower students with the knowledge, principles and investigative skills to contribute to scientific discovery.  This program includes coursework and labs in general Biology, Microbiology, Biotechnology and Ecology.  In addition, students will take classes in Statistics, Computer Science and will participate in research. The ultimate goal is to provide students an environment that is advantageous to learning and exploration while bridging the gap between high school and post-secondary education.

Students and parents interested in learning more about the Regional Academy can visit https://www.virginiawestern.edu/academy or contact program coordinator Terry Drumheller at tdrumheller@virginiawestern.edu or 540-857-6366. Area high school students are encouraged to visit their guidance counselors to apply today.

State Board for Community Colleges to Set 2018-2019 Tuition and Fees at May Meeting

In accordance with Section 23.1-307 (D) of the Code of Virginia, the State Board for Community Colleges provides notice that it will consider tuition and mandatory fee increases for Virginia’s Community Colleges, effective fall 2018, at 9 a.m., May 17, 2018, at 300 Arboretum Place, Richmond, Va.

The State Board will consider tuition and mandatory fee increases of between 1 percent and 3 percent for all undergraduate students, subject to further actions of the General Assembly. The community colleges would use the revenue generated from the tuition increase to pay for:

  • Increased state employee fringe benefit costs;
  • Operation and maintenance of new buildings;
  • Technology infrastructure upgrades;
  • Contractual obligations; and
  • Investments in strategic initiatives to improve student success.

VWCC and JA team up for entrepreneur summer camp for kids

Virginia Western Community College and Junior Achievement (JA) are collaborating to offer a summer camp designed to show students, ages 11-15, how they can positively influence the Roanoke Valley. “Kid Entrepreneurs Change Our Valley” is a summer opportunity for students to have a positive impact in their communities.

Students will look at current community needs, create an innovative solution for a service or product and take it from paper to fruition. JA president Katherin Elam said, “There are so many talented children in our midst with great energy and ideas and with the encouragement of local entrepreneurs a prototype can be generated that leads to a business.”

JA has sixty years of teaching young people how business works and will provide the framework for this weeklong experience.  The tradition of JA has been the use of business people as the advisors in creating student run enterprises this will hold true for Kid Entrepreneurs Change Our Valley. Already throughout Virginia, we have kid entrepreneurs with thriving online businesses and products on retail shelves. Roanoke youth can be next with a service or product that will improve the quality of life in the region.

WHAT:                 Virginia Western 2018 Kids College class “Kid Entrepreneurs Change Our Valley”

WHEN:                 Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m., July 16-20

WHERE:               Virginia Western Campus, Roanoke (Map and directions)

TUITION:             $149

REGISTER:           https://virginiawestern.augusoft.net

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