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Virginia Western to launch new Agriculture Program for Fall 2019


Virginia Western Community College announces a new Associates Degree in Agriculture that will be available beginning in Fall 2019. The program is designed to be flexible and tailored to individual student needs.

The Agriculture Program is transferrable to four-year college, where students can pursue career paths such as extension work, agricultural education, agribusiness and veterinary medicine, for example. Alternatively, if students are not interested in transfer they can modify the program to include technical skills, such as welding, which can help them in their home agribusinesses. Currently there are approximately 330 different careers available in the agricultural industry.    

“The Roanoke Region has a robust agricultural history and we are excited to be offering this truly outstanding program to students,” said Dr. Robert H. Sandel, President of Virginia Western. “Helping individuals develop the skills they need to succeed in an 21st Century farming and agricultural landscape, we believe we will have a lasting positive economic impact on our region.”

Virginia Western will host a launch event for its new Agriculture Program featuring guest speakers and supporters such as Virginia Secretary of Agriculture Bettina Ring and Delegate Terry L. Austin.

WHAT:                 Launch of Virginia Western’s Agriculture Program

WHEN:                 3-4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 28

WHERE:               Whitman Theater, Virginia Western Community College campus (Map and parking)

SPEAKERS:          Dr. Robert H. Sandel, President of Virginia Western

                                Bettina Ring, Virginia Secretary of Agriculture

                                Del. Terry L. Austin, 19th House District

                                Amy White, Virginia Western Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Specialized classes such as animal science,  plant science and forestry will provide students the basic skills needed to maintain livestock, land and forests. Other classes in the program, such as agribusiness and welding can provide skills needed to handle farm finances and farm maintenance or provide an avenue of additional income.

“Agriculture is interwoven into the history of our region, which is home to more than 4,000 farms,” Austin said. “Virginia Western’s Ag program will ensure that farming remains one of our cornerstone industries for decades to come.”

In addition to launching the Agriculture Program, Virginia Western will also announce a new guaranteed transfer agreement between the program and Ferrum College’s Agricultural Sciences major. Students completing the Virginia Western Agriculture Program will be able to begin as a junior at Ferrum and focus on the emphasis areas of Animal Science, Agribusiness, Agronomy, Horticulture and Equine Studies.  

On the day prior to the kick off, VWCC faculty will be participating in the Virginia-North Carolina AgBio Conference in Danville. This meeting will convene policy makers, farmers, thought leaders, educators, public health officials and industry partners to bring innovative bioscience and technology to the farms. 

“As a 6th generation farmer in this region, the launch of this program really touches my heart because I know how much of a difference it will make in putting students on the path to personal and professional success,” White said. “The local agriculture industry impacts our lives in countless ways on a daily basis, and by passing on the best practices and most up-to-date knowledge and technology, we can ensure it continues to thrive for decades to come. Agriculture is vital to the health and economic success of our region, and it is our privilege to contribute to this robust and dynamic industry. “

For more details about the Agriculture Program, visit http://virginiawestern.edu/academics/stem/programs/sciagri.php or call the School of STEM at 540-857-7273.

Join us for Health Professions Summit on March 20

Virginia Western will host a Health Professions Summit to introduce area high school students and their parents to careers in healthcare as well as provide a job fair open to the community. Presented in association with the Claude Moore Health Academy, the summit will provide program information, campus tours, community resources and a job fair with regional employers represented.

WHAT:                

Virginia Western Health Professions Summit

WHEN:                

High School students/parents: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Open job fair: 12:30-2:30 p.m.; Wednesday, March 20

WHERE:

Fralin Center for Health Profession, HP210,
Virginia Western Community College campus (Map and parking)

Summer Registration now open; Use Navigate to meet with advisers

Registration for Virginia Western Community College’s 2019 Summer Semester is now open. Current and new students can apply and enroll at www.virginiawestern.edu or in person at the college’s Enrollment Center in Chapman Hall.

Summer Semester classes begin on May 20 for the first five-week and 10-week sessions. Classes begin on June 25 for the second five-week session. Students from other colleges and universities returning home for the summer are encouraged to get ahead with classes at Virginia Western that will transfer with them. A complete listing of classes can be found at: http://virginiawestern.edu/classes/index.php.

New for this summer, students have control of scheduling and managing appointments with their advisors through Navigate. It has never been easier to get help with registration at a time that fits your schedule. For information on how to use Navigate online, visit: http://www.virginiawestern.edu/advising/schedule_an_appointment.php.

Students can also use the Navigate Student mobile app to make appointments. Visit The Apple Store (URL https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/navigate-student/id950433229?mt=8) or Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.eab.se&hl=en_US) to download the Navigate Student app, published by EAB Global. Then, log in using your MyVWCC username and password and choose Appointments.

Returning Virginia Western students will be able to use priority enrollment, once they meet with an advisor, to register for 2019 Fall Semester on April 1. Open enrollment for Fall begins on April 15. Fall Semester begins Aug. 26 and ends on Dec. 19. A wide array of fast-track courses are available to get you into a new and higher-paying career quickly.

Strauss Family awarded Community College Impact Award

The Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation presented the 2019 Community College Impact Award to Maury L. Strauss and the Strauss Family, in recognition of his $1 million naming gift in support of the Virginia Western Forward Endowment Fund: A Vision of Dr. Charles W. Steger Jr. The award was presented Wednesday at the Educational Foundation’s Annual Scholarship and Awards Ceremony.

One of the highest honors the College can bestow, the Community College Impact Award serves to recognize significant philanthropic and community support by individuals, corporations or organizations that will provide perpetuating benefits for Virginia Western, its students and the region at large.

Virginia Western Community College dedicated the Maury & Sheila Strauss Family Student Life Center in January 2019 in recognition of Strauss’ visionary leadership in support of student success and regional economic development.

“Maury is a very special human being,” said Dr. Robert H. Sandel, President of Virginia Western. “We are honored to celebrate this vision of the Strauss family’s philanthropy, which will make a true difference in our students’ lives, and will help drive a strong future for our community.”

Strauss, founder of Strauss Development Corp. and a longtime community benefactor, said he believes in giving back to the community that helped build his business and a home for his family. Virginia Western “holds a warm spot in his heart” for the power that higher education brings to the lives of its students. Sheila Strauss, a well-known supporter of the arts and nonprofit organizations in the Roanoke Valley, passed away in 2016.

The $1 million gift from the Strauss family launched the public phase of the Educational Foundation’s unrestricted endowment initiative, the Virginia Western Forward Endowment Fund, a vision of Dr. Charles W. Steger Jr., named in honor of the Foundation’s late Board of Directors Chairman and President of Virginia Tech.  This unrestricted endowment effort will flexibly empower and sustain the college to address, now and in perpetuity, educational excellence in a rapidly-changing economic environment.

For more information about the Foundation’s annual Community Impact Award or the Virginia Western Forward Endowment Fund, contact Philanthropy Director Amanda Mansfield at amansfield@virginiawestern.edu or (540) 857-6962.

Educational Foundation announces Spring Semester scholarships

The Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation awarded $118,833 in scholarships to 97 students during the 2019 spring semester at Virginia Western Community College. The scholarships are made possible by individuals and organizations who wish to support Virginia Western students pursuing general academic studies as well as specific programs such as dental hygiene, engineering and nursing.

Applications for 2019 fall semester scholarships are open March 18 through May 1, 2019.

To apply or learn more about this and other Virginia Western scholarships, go to virginiawestern.edu/scholarships. Or contact Scholarship Coordinator Carolyn Payne at (540) 857-6371 or cpayne@virginiawestern.edu.

Recipient Locality Spring 2019 Award
Bradley Dearing Bedford Al Pollard Memorial Foundation Chefs’ Competition Annual Scholarship
Zachary Doolittle Bedford Sallie and Elsie Williamson Endowed Scholarship
Olivia Wentworth Bedford Roanoke Valley Academy of Medicine Alliance Foundation Endowed Scholarship
Amelia Whitehead Bedford Fred Whitaker Company Annual Scholarship
Ruth Beard Botetourt County Donald Willson Memorial Scholarship
Denise Bibby Botetourt County Al Pollard Memorial Scholarship for the Culinary Arts
Abe Diviney Botetourt County Employee Giving Annual Scholarship
Lauri Foutz Botetourt County Foot Levelers Endowed Scholarship
Abigail Long Botetourt County Kiwanis Club of Botetourt County Endowed Scholarship
Melissa Ann Spangler Botetourt County Judy Hackworth Memorial Annual Scholarship
Cameron Zerrilla Botetourt County Kiwanis Club of Botetourt County Endowed Scholarship
Morgan Murray Covington Dr. Donna Harpold Memorial Annual Scholarship
Michael Whittaker Floyd County Al Pollard Memorial Foundation Chefs’ Competition Annual Scholarship
Renee Cundiff Franklin County Fred Whitaker Company Annual Scholarship
Amber Didlake Franklin County Shentel Foundation Annual Scholarship
Alyssa Fadorick Franklin County Nicholas E. Janney Memorial Endowed Scholarship & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Cody Gump Franklin County Alumni Association Annual Book Scholarship & William Milton Meador Endowed Scholarship
Garrison Jamison Franklin County Michael E. Warner Memorial Annual Scholarship
Laura Livingston Franklin County Martha and William Adams Trust Scholarship
Kassie Martin Franklin County Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Jackson Olsson Franklin County Appalachian Power Endowed Scholarship
Savanna Reed Franklin County Brown & Sons Farm Annual Scholarship
Sherman Witcher Franklin County Continental Societies Endowed Scholarship & Lorraine Pleasants Memorial Annual Scholarship
Bryan Poole Giles County Al Pollard Memorial Foundation Chefs’ Competition Annual Scholarship
Elsa Ledyard Henry County Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Amanda Chrisley Montgomery County Al Pollard Memorial Scholarship for the Culinary Arts
Sarah Gentry Montgomery County American Sign Language Endowed Scholarship in Memory of Laura Knight Schowe & The Neall Family Charitable Foundation Scholarship
Jaeyun Han Montgomery County Al Pollard Memorial Scholarship for the Culinary Arts
Sima Aghdasi Roanoke City Refugee Annual Scholarship
Brian Amend Roanoke City LewisGale Medical Center Endowed Scholarship
Kimberly Archer Roanoke City Dennis L. & Hazel Phillips Blalock Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Taylor Bowen Roanoke City Martha and William Adams Trust Scholarship
Venecia Brown Roanoke City Col. William Preston Chapter NSDAR Annual Scholarship
Erika Buck Roanoke City Michael E. Warner Memorial Annual Scholarship
Elizabeth Campos Roanoke City Al Pollard Memorial Scholarship for the Culinary Arts
Lydia Christopher Roanoke City Martha and William Adams Trust Scholarship
Eric Gonzalez-Heredia Roanoke City Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Elizabeth Hollingsworth Roanoke City Michael E. Warner Memorial Annual Scholarship
Bradley Hugus Roanoke City Al Pollard Memorial Scholarship for the Culinary Arts
Miranda Hurd Roanoke City Dr. Donna Harpold Memorial Annual Scholarship
Megan Lukity Roanoke City Martha and William Adams Trust Scholarship
Maryna Mabes Roanoke City Accounting Annual Scholarship for Adult Learners
Sabin Mainali Roanoke City Refugee Annual Scholarship
Jessica Marine Roanoke City Dr. George K. Bowers Youth Haven-Sanctuary Annual Scholarship
Amanda McKinney Roanoke City Petroleum Marketers, Inc. Endowed Scholarship
Sofiia Melnyk Roanoke City Cabell Brand Center Gap Scholarship Fund for Student Interns & Shenandoah Life Annual Diversity Scholarship
Rebecca Moore Roanoke City Martha and William Adams Trust Scholarship & Orrin Clifton Annual Scholarship
Monique Morris Roanoke City Beverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
Asira Nimukuze Roanoke City Martha and William Adams Trust Scholarship
Ja’Monda Nowlin Roanoke City Beverly and Leon Harris Occupational/Technical Annual Scholarship & Mr. & Mrs. Emanuel Payne Endowed Scholarship
Lauren Oliveira Roanoke City Beverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship & Peter and Roseta Skelly Endowed Scholarship
Neel Patel Roanoke City McFarland Endowed Scholarship
Raina Peterson Roanoke City Pearman Annual Scholarship
Reba Pickeral Roanoke City Al Pollard Memorial Scholarship for the Culinary Arts
Ren Robinson Roanoke City Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Jonathan Rodriguez Roanoke City Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Ashley Roop Roanoke City Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Jamie Sievers Roanoke City Michael E. Warner Memorial Annual Scholarship
Angela Taylor Roanoke City Hunting Hills Garden Club Annual Scholarship & Smith Mountain Lake Garden Club Annual Scholarship
Daijah Thomas Roanoke City Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Cori Van Scott Roanoke City John Morris Roslyn Educational Scholarship & The Flippin Family Endowed Scholarship
Timothy Vaughan Roanoke City Martha and William Adams Trust Scholarship
Aminata Yarmah Roanoke City Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Jacquelyn Bridgman Roanoke County Alice Becker Hinchcliffe Williams Endowed Scholarship
Hannah Brinner Roanoke County Al Pollard Memorial Scholarship for the Culinary Arts
Joshua Chick Roanoke County Walter Darnall Vinyard Endowed Scholarship
Shannon Christian Roanoke County Martha and William Adams Trust Scholarship
Rachel Davis Roanoke County John Hall and Chris Tucker Honorary Endowed Scholarship
Juvissa Ehrich Roanoke County Gordon C. and Jean Willis Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Hunter Harless Roanoke County Bank of Botetourt H. Watts Steger, III Annual Scholarship
Lexi Lawrence Roanoke County Odasz Annual Scholarship
Ebony Lynch-Thomas Roanoke County African-American Railroad Heritage Annual Scholarship & Beverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
Rachel Martin Roanoke County Michael E. Warner Memorial Annual Scholarship
Haley Mayhew Roanoke County Martha and William Adams Trust Scholarship
Colleen Morrison Roanoke County Business, Technology & Trades Annual Scholarship in honor of Deborah A. Yancey & The Neall Family Charitable Foundation Scholarship
Monica Paitsel Roanoke County Dr. Kevin Conway Endowed Scholarship & Walter Darnall Vinyard Endowed Scholarship
Laurel Shelton Roanoke County Richard J. Gaynor Memorial Scholarship
Haven Starling Roanoke County David L. Nickerson Honorary Endowed Scholarship
Jana Underwood Roanoke County Beverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
Samantha Wagner Roanoke County Fred Whitaker Company Annual Scholarship
Ali Zifan Roanoke County Connie Stephens May Scholarship
Tyler Mundy Rockbridge County Beverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
Jessie Barcelo Salem Dennis Spaulding Memorial Developmental Scholarship
Braxton Berkel Salem Alumni Association Annual Book Scholarship & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Chasity Easter Salem Al Pollard Memorial Scholarship for the Culinary Arts
Kaylie Foutz Salem Judy Hackworth Memorial Annual Scholarship
Jessica Graham Salem Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Samuel Green Salem Al Pollard Memorial Scholarship for the Culinary Arts
Jordan Horn Salem Al Pollard Memorial Scholarship for the Culinary Arts
Sara Hylton Salem Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Enas Iskander Salem Martha and William Adams Trust Scholarship
Maya Lamprinakos Salem Martha and William Adams Trust Scholarship
Brooke Rakes Salem Gertrude Light Hubbard Endowed Scholarship & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Joshua Ulmer Salem Beverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
Deana Valade Salem Martha and William Adams Trust Scholarship