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Virginia Western now offering revamped manufacturing programs

Short-term Industrial Maintenance and Machining programs develop in-demand skills

Virginia Western Community College’s Workforce Solutions is offering two revamped manufacturing programs starting this summer: Industrial Maintenance and Machining. Both programs consider possible credit for prior learning and offer financial assistance for those who qualify.

The Industrial Maintenance program is two classes on basic manufacturing skills and maintenance taught at the Goodwill IMT lab and completed within approximately six months. The next offering of the program begins July 25. Students network with businesses in the community throughout their course of study and leave with employable, in-demand skills.

For students who desire to continue advancing their education after the Industrial Maintenance program, they may enter the college’s associate degree in Mechatronics and be eligible for Siemens Mechatronics Systems Certification. Completion of an associate’s degree also allows for continued higher education with articulation agreements with four-year universities, such as Virginia Tech, Old Dominion University and Purdue University within this specialty.

The Machining program is four courses, the first starting in August and includes instruction in machining fundamentals, and redesigned mill operator and turning operator courses, as well as advanced machining. Completion of this program earns students eleven lifetime, level one, credentials through the National Institute of Metalworking Skills.

To learn more, about how to acquire these sought after career credentials please contact Sandy Workman at 540-857-6407 or visit,  https://www.virginiawestern.edu/workforce/programs/trades.php.

Kids College summer camps still available

Virginia Western Community College kicked off its summer Kids College this week with a robotics class that was a fun introduction to complex engineering. Students learned how to build a robot, draw in CAD, design a rogue transformer and even print their creation on a 3D printer.

Kids College is for rising 2nd-8th Graders and several fun and educational classes are still open for registration. Parents can register their children at https://virginiawestern.augusoft.net and can contact Cassandra Dove for more information at at 540-857-6811 or cdove@virginiawestern.edu.

Available Upcoming Kids College Classes:

ROBLOX® Makers-Coders-Entrepreneurs! (9 a.m.- Noon, July 9 – 13) $199
Discover how to code in the Lua language while playing and designing worlds in ROBLOX®, an online universe where you can create anything you dream up. This new class combines game design concepts, coding, and fun! Young entrepreneurs will also learn how to navigate Roblox, a fast growing marketplace to publish their games. Student-created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Open to ages 8-14. Registration deadline: June 29.

Junior Achievement: Kid Entrepreneurs Change Our Valley (1-4 p.m., July 16 – 20) $149
Want to change the world? Interested in learning more about social entrepreneurship? Do you have an innovative solution that you wish to develop, or are you interested in working with others who do? In partnership with Junior Achievement, the Kid Entrepreneurs (kidpreneurs) class will look at current community needs and develop an idea for a service or product that will solve a problem and develop a business-like activity to support it. Students will learn the nuts and bolts on marketing, research, ethics, leadership, communication, and creating a business plan. During this interactive workshop series, students will be inspired by local entrepreneurs and kidpreneurs from around the world. Students will build on skills learned each day and create a solution that solves or alleviates a local problem. A prototype will be created and shared on the last day of class. Open to students in middle school. Registration deadline: July 3.

Creative Engineering (9 a.m.-Noon, July 23 – 27) $199
Work with an advanced 3D construction kit that is yours to keep and take home. Design and build simple or complex models of a vehicle, a robot or buildings. You will also get your own 3-volt geared motor to power up a moveable Radar Surveyor. Learn the many ways you can make your motor run. Hands on is the only way, so prepare to build from directions, and from your own imagination! Open to ages 7-11. Registration Deadline: July 15.

Make It and Take It: Science Projects (1-4 p.m., July 23 – 27) $199
In this hands-on, fun, and exciting class you will discover how amazing science is. You will make and take home a wide assortment of toys designed to teach you science concepts in a hands-on way. Grow and take home a crystal tree. Make an energy bead bracelet and watch as those amazing beads turn from white to a rainbow of colors before your eyes. Build a working electric motor. Make your own sharpie pen T-shirt and learn some cool chemistry (student supplies a 100% cotton T-shirt). Make your own bubbling blobs and explore the properties of a density tube. Make silly putty–glowing goo–green flubber and other cool projects. By the way…we will make ice cream in our own amazing, different, Sciensational way! Open to ages 7 – 11. Registration Deadline: July 15.

Virginia Western Strategic Fund to honor Dr. Steger

In response to an outpouring of individual requests, the Educational Foundation has established the Virginia Western Educational Foundation Strategic Fund in honor of Dr. Charles W. Steger, Jr. The fund pays tribute to Dr. Steger’s inspiring leadership while Chairman of the Educational Foundation’s Board of Directors, and his belief in the transformational power of education.

Virginia Western is proud of the faith Dr. Steger placed in the role of the community college to elevate, enrich and energize social mobility and economic development. We honor his memory, and pledge to fulfill his trust in our mission.

Donations will support visionary initiatives that advance the College and the students we serve.
From Dr. Steger’s message to Virginia Western students at the STEM Facility Groundbreaking Event July 2017:

“You are the leaders of tomorrow – in fact, I think you are the leaders of today. You don’t have to be president of a company or a head of an institution to show leadership where you stand right now. We need everyone to take responsibility for making this a more exciting place, a more successful place and a more equitable place, where opportunities and capabilities converge, and we can provide the types of jobs and employment situations that will enhance the quality of life for all of our citizens. It is critical to our society to do that. I encourage you all – lead from where you stand and the time to start leading is right now. We’re counting on you.”

To learn more and donate, visit https://connect.clickandpledge.com/w/Form/9760e859-eeb3-49b7-9d58-5442456ac3ab