Type your search keyword, and press enter

“I Persist” panel discussion on Sept. 19

Virginia Western Community College invites the public to attend a free discussion, I Persist, where panelists will share inspiring stories of how they overcame obstacles to gain their education and build fulfilling careers and lives.

Members of the panel will share their journey, answer questions and interact members of the audience.  The purpose of the event is to motivate students early who may feel alone or contemplating whether or not school is for them. By connecting students with the panel of individuals who have shared similar experiences will encourage and provide the confidence to persist and overcome their challenges to succeed academically.

WHAT:                                 I Persist panel discussion

WHEN:                                 Noon, Wednesday, September 19

WHERE:                               Whitman Theater, Virginia Western Campus (Directions and parking)


Anita Price – Member, Roanoke City Council, City of Roanoke; Virginia Western Alum
Annette Lewis – School Board Member, City of Roanoke
Elvir Berbic – Students Affairs Manager, Virginia Tech; Virginia Western Alum
Tracey Giordano – Culinary Arts graduate and Military Veteran; Virginia Western Alum
Cheryl Cunningham – Educator, Staff Technologist at Carilion Clinic; Virginia Western Alum


Bianca Holman – WDBJ7 Reporter

For more information on the I Persist panel, please contact Cheryl R. Hilton, TRiO Pathways Academic Success Coach, at 540-857-7289 or chilton@virginiawestern.edu.

Virginia Western Campus Police accept national Lip Synch Challenge

The Virginia Western Community College Campus Police accepted the national police Lip Synch Challenge and released a video displaying their own singing and dancing skills around campus on Thursday. Viewers can see the video on all of Virginia Western’s social media accounts or directly at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HSSSmsHGVI&t=15s.

The video features the songs “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” by Randy Newman, “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers, “Gonna Fly Now” by Bill Conti and “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor. Jim Underwood from Virginia Western’s Media Geeks filmed and produced the video.

Fall short-term courses in IT available

Virginia Western Community College’s Workforce Solutions is offering three informational technology (IT) courses this fall to help individuals seeking to begin a new career or advance in the field. Fall classes include: IT Fundamentals and Pathways, A+ Computer Support & Repair (CompTIA A+) and CompTIA Network+. Workforce Solutions offers help with educational and career planning as well as information on available financial assistance. Please contact Workforce Solutions at (540) 857-6076 or careernavigators@virginiawestern.edu.

Acquiring an internationally recognized credential is one of the fastest ways to demonstrate to employers that you have marketable IT knowledge and skills. Gain job opportunities and the potential to earn a higher salary.


IT Fundamentals and Pathways
Start here if you are considering a career in IT or seeking a broader understanding of IT. This course will provide you with the fundamental technical knowledge about personal computers that you need to work efficiently or determine your next career move. IT Fundamentals is the stepping stone to and recommended prerequisite for CompTIA A+.
Learn to:
• Identify computer components, applications, and operating systems
• Install software & troubleshoot common issues
• Establish a secure network
• Identify security issues and threats
Fall 2018 schedule: September 5-26; Mondays & Wednesdays; 5:30-9:30 p.m.

A+ Computer Support & Repair (CompTIA A+)
The CompTIA A+ certification is the industry preferred credential for entry-level IT positions. This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to enter the technical support and IT operations field and prepare for the CompTIA A+ certification exam.
Learn to:
• Identify components of computers and mobile devices
• Assemble a desktop computer and configure a network
• Install, configure, and troubleshoot programs and operating systems
• Identify security threats/vulnerabilities and implement controls
• Manage and support system components and mobile devices
Fall 2018 schedule: October 3-December 12; Mondays & Wednesdays; 6-10 p.m.

CompTIA Network+
Build on your CompTIA A+ with CompTIA Network +. This course will equip you with the fundamental skills and concepts that you will need to use on the job in any type of networking career and prepare you for the CompTIA Network + certification exam.
Learn to:
• Identify major network concepts, implementations, and services
• Configure, troubleshoot, and manage a network
• Implement routing technologies and protocols
• Identify the components used in cloud computing and virtualization
• Prevent and respond to network security breaches
Fall 2018 schedule: November 10-December 8; Saturdays; 8 a.m.-5 p.m.