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August 27, 2014

WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS

Project Managment Professional Exam Prep Certification (BUSC 2507 - 64484 AC1) Thursdays (6:00pm-9:30pm) 9/11/14 - 12/11/14
http://virginiawestern.edu/workforce/programs/pmp.php (visit http://www.pmi.org/CareerDevelopment/Pages/Obtaining-Credential.aspx for more information). Contact Paulette Parkhill 540-857-6514 or pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu

Get a Good Start!

Get a good start to the academic year by taking advantage of the free resources and services available for you on each floor of the Brown Library building:

BROWN LIBRARY, GROUND FLOOR (GF) = the Testing Center, the walk-in Writing Center, and the Link Lab in room B17. Go to the ground floor to take the Virginia Placement Test (VPT) for English & math, as well as make-up tests, and proctored exams for all asynchronous distance learning courses. The Writing Center provides assistance with papers for any class. The Link Lab-B17 computers are available for student use.

BROWN LIBRARY, MAIN FLOOR (1) = The Academic Link. This floor, known as the Link Learning Commons, is home to VWCC’s tutoring/academic success programs such as one-on-one and group tutoring programs and the walk-in Math Center. Computers and study rooms are available for collaborative active learning.

BROWN LIBRARY, TOP FLOOR (2) = Library Services, a “quiet floor” that is perfect for reading and quiet study. Five study rooms are available for currently-enrolled students to use. Traditional print resources (books, magazines, newspapers, and journals) are also available on this floor, along with access to library databases and other electronic resources and guides.

Remember: “Start strong, finish strong.” Come see us soon!

August 22, 2014

Brown Library Welcomes You!

Brown Library welcomes all students, faculty, and staff back to campus. We invite everyone to visit our building and take advantage of the resources and services.

Library Services are on the top level (2nd floor) of the library building. This floor is a “quiet floor” that is the perfect peaceful location for reading and quiet study. Five comfortable study rooms are available for currently-enrolled students to use. Traditional print resources (books, magazines, newspapers, and journals) are also available on this floor, along with access to library databases and other electronic resources and guides. Our Circulation and Reference staff members look forward to serving you.

The Academic Link occupies the main level (1st floor) of the library building. This floor, known as the Link Learning Commons, is home to VWCC’s tutoring/academic success programs such as one-on-one and group tutoring programs and the walk-in Math Center. Computers and study rooms are available for collaborative active learning. The Link Learning Commons is a comfortable and invigorating place to study, learn, and work.

The Ground Floor (GF) of the library building hosts the Testing Center, the walk-in Writing Center, and the Link Lab in room B17. The Testing Center administers the Virginia Placement Test (VPT) for English & math, as well as make-up tests, and proctored exams for all asynchronous distance learning courses. The Writing Center provides assistance with papers for any class. The Link Lab-B17 computers are available for student use.

Come see us soon!

August 18, 2014

Late Opening Today for Top Floor of Library

Library Services (top floor of Brown) will open at 11am on Monday, August 18th, in order to accommodate an In-Service staff meeting for the department.

August 15, 2014

Late Opening Monday for Top Floor of Library

Library Services (top floor of Brown) will open at 11am on Monday, August 18th, in order to accommodate an In-Service staff meeting for the department.

June 24, 2014

MEMORANDUM – INDEPENDENCE DAY HOLIDAY CLOSING

TO:                    ALL COLLEGE EMPLOYEES

FROM:               ROBERT H. SANDEL

DATE:                JUNE 24, 2014

SUBJECT:           INDEPENDENCE DAY HOLIDAY CLOSING

Virginia Western Community College will be closed on Friday, July 4, 2014, in observance of Independence Day.  We will reopen on Saturday, July 5, for any activities that may occur over the weekend and for normal operations on Monday, July 7, 2014.

Hopefully, the weather will be cooperative for everyone to attend a local fireworks display as we celebrate the birth of our nation.  This is certainly an enjoyable time to be with family and friends.  If you are traveling over this holiday period, be safe in reaching your destinations and your return home.

Our next holiday closing will be Monday, September 1, 2014, as we observe Labor Day.  You may access the full VWCC alternate holiday schedule on VW Connect at https://vwconnect.vw.edu/sites/hr/default.aspx.

Have an enjoyable Independence Day holiday.

May 22, 2014

VWCC Baja Team Begins Competing TODAY!

Keep your fingers crossed for excellent results for Western’s Baja team! The Baja team departed from Western on Monday headed for Pittsburg, Kansas. 119 teams registered for the competition some of which include teams from Egypt, Brazil, Canada, Mexico with U.S. teams from the universities of Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Michigan, Nebraska, Kentucky; Tennessee Tech, Perdue, and many more. These are top engineering universities, and most other countries hold a qualifying event that allows the best from their country to compete in the U. S. events. Most teams have a budget that is ten times the amount that Western’s team uses each year.

This year will be our 8th consecutive year competing, and the team feels that they have built a car that is 20 percent faster than last year’s car.

Last year’s team finished 19th in the world. This is the highest that a community college has ever finished in the 30 plus years of the event.

Good luck in the days ahead; and we hope that the Baja car and team will outperform all of the schools mentioned above racing to the best finish ever!

May 14, 2014

WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS

Summer 2014 Classes:

KIDS College Summer Youth Programs - Early registration discount available through May 30th! Follow link for more details http://www.virginiawestern.edu/kidscollege  Contact: Paulette Parkhill pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu or (540) 857-6514

QuickBooks for Business Workshop (ACCT 2195 - AC1) Thursday 6/5/14 - 6/19/14 (6:00pm-9:00pm) Click for more details: http://virginiawestern.edu/workforce/conted/quickbooks.php - Contact Paulette Parkhill 540-857-6514 or pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu

Project Managment Professional Exam Prep Certification (BUSC - 58672 AC1)  Thursdays  (6:00pm-9:30pm) 6/5/14 - 8/14/14
http://virginiawestern.edu/workforce/programs/pmp.php (visit http://www.pmi.org/CareerDevelopment/Pages/Obtaining-Credential.aspx for more information). Contact Paulette Parkhill 540-857-6514 or pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu

Home Inspection Training Course now available! Online Home Study Course or 3-day in classroom course includes online Home Study Course; Class dates: July 25-27, 2014; 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM  Follow this link for more details: http://virginiawestern.edu/workforce/programs/homeinspection.php

May 12, 2014

Come Join the the International Students Club at Local Colors on Sat. May 17th

Local Colors is a vibrant festival celebrating the diverse range of cultures present in the Roanoke Valley. This year's featured country will be Syria, and the festival will last from 11-5 in Downtown Roanoke's Elmwood Park. Please visit http://localcolors.org/ for more information.

VWCC's own International Students Club will host a booth this year at Local Colors informing the community about the presence of their club here on campus as well as providing basic information about educational opportunities here at VWCC.

We would love to have members of our campus community join us or stop by and say hello. If you think you could help inform the community about VWCC services or would like to help in any way, please contact Annie Woodford at awoodford@virginiawestern.edu.

May 9, 2014

GREAT THINGS ARE COMING OUT OF THE CLAUDE MOORE KITCHEN!

The School of Business, Technology and Trades is proud to share the following news of awards, accomplishments, and happenings in the Al Pollard Culinary Arts Program.

•             One VWCC graduate and two current students from the culinary program recently received ACF certifications! Darla Mehrkens received the ACF’s Certified Executive Chef designation and current students Dawn Kirby and Tanita Custer both received the ACF’s Certified Working Pastry Chef certification. Congratulations on these accomplishments!

•             The Roanoke chapter of the ACF (Southwestern Virginia chapter) received the Chapter of the Year award at the regional conference. All three full-time faculty – Chefs Zeisler, Polfelt and Schopp – are very active members of the chapter and are leaders in many of the activities (i.e. Chocolate Sunday Festival, Chef and Child program). Through chapter activities, Chef Zeisler has lead the "Chef and Child" program volunteering with our students every Friday in four local elementary schools. The chapter won the Little Oscar award for two years from the National ACF for the “Chef and Child” activities.  Chef Schopp was the invited chef for James Madison's "food for thought" working along with student volunteers doing day-long demonstrations for three classes on Thursdays of every month during spring semester. Thanks to Western’s chefs who are doing their part in placing the chapter on National’s radar.

•             Chef Polfelt recently won a GOLD medal “Best of Show” at a recent culinary competition in NC.

•             The State Skills USA competition was held at the Claude Moore Complex during the spring semester. Chef Schopp chaired the commercial baking, Chef Zeisler chaired the prep assistant, and Chef Polfelt chaired the culinary categories. Outside guests were very complimentary of Western’s planning and oversight.

•             Virginia Western’s Al Pollard Culinary Arts Program has applied for accreditation through the American Culinary Federation, and a site visit is scheduled for September, 2014.

Stay tuned for more exciting developments from Culinary Arts and the School of Business, Technology and Trades!

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