Resources & Services for Students
Virginia Western offers a variety of specialized resources and services to assist students in maximizing their educational opportunities. These services, which are designed to enhance and facilitate student learning and growth both academically and socially, are available to all students regardless of their location of attendance.
Need help with academic planning? You have a team of advisors to help support your academic success!
New Student Advisors are available to assist new students and students that are not in a program of study with: placement test score evaluation, course selection, transfer advising, and long-term academic and career planning. For additional information, visit the Advising Center in Chapman Hall C105 or visit the Advising Center website.
If you are a returning student meet with a Program Advisor to talk about your options or discuss your academic plan. You may schedule appointments with Faculty Advisors and Program Advisors by logging in to your MyVWCC account. Instructions for scheduling an appointment are here.
If you need assistance searching for available class times, registering for courses, or printing an Advisement Report, visit the Enrollment Center in Chapman Hall.
Brown Library is your one-stop location for a variety of services tailored to helping you achieve academic success. Throughout Brown Library, you will find spaces to study, computers, printers, rooms you can reserve for group work, and helpful staff members who can answer your questions. A snack machine is available on the ground floor and drink machines are located on both the ground floor and the first floor.
The Academic Link Resource Desk is located on the first floor. The Link offers a variety of learning assistance services including one-on-one/group tutoring; walk-in assistance in the STEM Center (located in the STEM Bldg., Room 318), the Writing & Research Help Center (located on the 2nd floor), and the open computer labs (located in B17 & B112); online tutoring; and academic success coaching. These services are available to all Virginia Western students at no cost. For information about how to take advantage of these services, please contact the Academic Link at 540-857-6442, email or visit the Academic Link website.
The Academic Success/Smart Moves Infoguide provides great resources to help students achieve academic success and to successfully transition from high school to college.
Research & Checkouts
Visit the second floor of the library to study in a quiet space; browse magazines & newspapers; check out books, reserves textbooks, anatomy models, & DVDs; ask writing & research questions; and find out how to use online databases to find sources for your papers or projects. For hours of operation and other information, please visit the Library website or email .
The Testing Center is located on the ground floor of Brown Library and administers placement tests, make-up tests, online tests, and other proctored tests. When students come for testing they will need to present a photo ID and Virginia Western student ID number. For additional information, please visit the Testing Center website or email .
The Hall Associates Career Center, located in Student Life Center Room S206, is a counseling, assessment, and resource facility offering career-related services to Virginia Western students and alumni. Students and alumni may use the services of the Career Center to explore careers, decide on a major of study, look for employment, receive assistance in writing a resume, and learn how to prepare for a job interview. The Center also offers an electronic job bank, on and off campus employer recruitment, assistance with job shadowing opportunities, and credit-based internship opportunities. For additional information, please call 540-857-7298 or visit the Career Center website.
For a list of community resources available to Virginia Western students, visit this page.
The Office of Disability Services, located in Student Life Center Room S207, provides and coordinates services to students with disabilities (physical, psychological or learning) in order to accommodate their disabilities and promote equal educational opportunities. Students interested in applying for services should contact Office of Disability Services at 540-857-7286. A Disability Counselor is available to discuss program accessibility and individual needs. For additional information, please visit the Disability Services website.
eLearning & Instructional Technology (eLIT)
eLearning and Instructional Technology (eLIT) provides training and support to assist students in using eLearning technologies so as to benefit and contribute to student academic success. These technologies include, but are not limited to, Canvas, Hoonuit, Panopto, Respondus LockDown Browser, and Zoom. For additional information, please visit the eLIT website.
Various forms of financial aid from both public and private funds are available to eligible students. Any student who wishes to apply for financial aid must submit a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For additional information, visit the Enrollment Center in Chapman Hall Room C106 or visit the Financial Aid website.
Information about low-cost/free health care in the Roanoke Valley and medical insurance for students can be found here.
The Intervention Counselor is on campus to provide support to and advocate on behalf of students attending Virginia Western; assist students in crisis & help develop plans for them; provide behavioral assessments and interventions; and provide support and consultation to faculty and staff. For additional information, please visit the Intervention Counseling website.
Military Student Center
The Military Student Center is located in Webber Hall, Room 212. The Center offers a one-stop location for veteran and military-related students to receive assistance with VA education benefits and military tuition assistance programs and with college admission, registration, and financial aid. Center staff also assist with referring students to the appropriate campus office for other student services like tutoring, academic advising, career advising, and counseling. The Center also offers space for study and computers for student use. For additional information about the Military Student Center, please visit the MSC website.
MyVWCC is the central source for students to access their essential student information and handle a variety of tasks including searching and registering for classes, dropping classes, and reviewing their financial aid award. Students may also make tuition payments and manage their personal information through the Student Center. For additional information on using MyVWCC, please visit MyVWCC Help.
Rapids Response Student Emergency Fund
The Virginia Western Educational Foundation provides the Rapids Response Student Emergency Fund to support students who experience an unexpected crisis event.
Virginia Western offers numerous internal and external scholarship opportunities to eligible students. For a complete listing of internal and external scholarships with their criteria and instructions for applying, please visit the Scholarships web page.
Sexual Harassment Training
Virginia Western Community College is committed to providing an environment that is free from harassment, sexual assault, and sex discrimination. We are committed to ensuring a safe campus climate for all of our students and the entire college community. Through a comprehensive compliance program, we promote fundamental rights, advance individual and institutional integrity, and uphold the vital aims of Title IX.
This Program Statement, updated regularly, details the colleges efforts to comply with Title IX. Additional information is also available through our Policy on Harassment.
Title IX training is provided through our online orientation.
Student Email Account
The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) automatically creates a student email account for each student at a Virginia community college, including Virginia Western. This email account is where important announcements and Blackboard-related email will be sent and is considered the official method for communication at the VCCS and Virginia Western. For additional information, please click here.
Student ID Cards
Students who register and pay for three or more credits are eligible to receive a VWCC Student ID Card. The first card is issued free of charge and will identify the individual by name and will bear a photo and a semester validation sticker. For additional information, please visit the Student ID web page.
The Student Life Office, located in the Student Life Center, Room S307, coordinates social, cultural, educational, and recreational programs to enrich campus life. Music and dance performances, art exhibitions, lectures, plays, and clubs are all part of Virginia Western’s student activities program. For additional information, call 540-857-6326 or visit the Student Life website.
Technical Support - Help Desk
Virginia Western's Information and Educational Technology Services' Help Desk is the student's liaison to all Enterprise services support (Student Information System, Blackboard, Gmail, etc.). Students should contact the Help Desk for all MyVWCC and Gmail password resets, login problems, etc. For additional information, call 540-857-7354 or visit the Help Desk website.
TRiO Pathways is a federally funded Student Support Services TRiO program designed to provide 250 students with additional support to achieve academic success. Support services include free priority one-on-one tutoring, individualized career counseling, personalized academic advising, cultural trips and enrichment activities, financial aid information and referral, college trips, grant aid, priority class registration and short term personal counseling. TRiO Pathways applicants must be enrolled in classes at Virginia Western and be a US Citizen or intend to become a permanent citizen. Applicants must also meet one or more of the following criteria: first-generation college student, low-income, or have a documented disability (physical, psychological or learning). Pathways is located in the Student Life Center Room S207. For additional information, please visit the TRiO Pathways website.
Please note that high school students are not eligible for the TRiO program.
Tuition Payment Plan
To help meet your educational expenses, Virginia Western Community College is pleased to participate in the Tuition Management Systems (TMS) tuition payment plan. For a non-refundable fee of $35.00/40.00, TMS allows you to pay your tuition in monthly, interest-free payments. The earlier you enroll the more payment options you may have. Payments are deducted around the 20th of each month depending upon whether you opt to make your payments by ACH (direct deduction from your bank account) or by credit card. For additional information, please visit How to Pay for Virginia Western.
Use of Virginia Western's Wellness/Fitness Center, located on the first floor of the Student Center, is free to all registered students. The center includes cardio equipment, weight machines, free weights, and a group exercise studio. Lockers and showers are available for day-use. Students who wish to use the facility must obtain a VWCC Student ID Card. For additional information, please visit the Fitness Center website.