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National expert on nanotechnology to speak at Virginia Western on Oct. 9

Virginia Western Community College invites the public to attend a free lecture at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9 by Dr. Lisa Friedersdorf, a nationally renowned expert on nanotechnology. Dr. Friedersdorf, the Deputy Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), will discuss the future of nanotechnology and the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education in the United States.

According to the National Nanotechnology Initiative (, nanotechnology is science, engineering, and technology conducted at the nanoscale, which is about 1 to 100 nanometers. Nanoscience and nanotechnology are the study and application of extremely small things and can be used across all the other science fields, such as chemistry, biology, physics, materials science, and engineering.

Dr. Friedersdorf has been involved in nanotechnology for nearly twenty years, with a particular interest in advancing technology commercialization through university-industry-government collaboration. Prior to working with the NNCO, she was the Managing Director of the Institute for Nanoscale and Quantum Scientific and Technological Advanced Research (nanoSTAR) at the University of Virginia.

The lecture is being presented as part of Virginia Western’s Women in STEM initiative. Dr. Friedersdorf will tell the story of how she built her career, helping to inspire and motivate women of all ages to pursue STEM fields.

WHAT:         The Future of Nanotechnology and STEM Education, a free public lecture

WHO:           Dr. Lisa Friedersdorf, Deputy Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office

WHEN:         1:30-2:30 p.m., Friday, October 9, 2015

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

Posted on September 22, 2015 in Campus News | Permalink

Virginia Western to host dual enrollment info meeting on Oct. 20

Virginia Western Community College will host a dual enrollment community information meeting from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20 in Whitman Theater. High school students and their families are invited to attend to learn more about how they can get a jump start on their college education while saving money through dual enrollment.

Virginia Western’s dual enrollment program is committed to providing high school age students who can demonstrate college readiness with the opportunity to complete college-level classes at their local high schools or on the Virginia Western campus, while satisfying the requirements for the completion of junior and senior high school level courses.

By taking college credit classes while still in high school, students can have significant cost-savings when they enroll at a college such as Virginia Western or a four-year university. High School students may even have the opportunity to complete their General Studies Associates Degree or General Education Certificate concurrent with high school graduation.

WHAT:  Dual Enrollment Community Information Meeting

WHEN:  6-8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20

WHERE:  Whitman Theater, Virginia Western campus (map and directions)

DETAILS:  At the event, students and parents will learn about:

  • Admission requirements
  • Virginia Placement Testing
  • Degree pathways
  • Transferring dual enrollment credits from Virginia Western to other colleges
  • Campus services available to dual enrollment students
  • The Community College Access Program (CCAP)

Parents and students looking for more information about dual enrollment may contact Dr. Kathryn H. Beard, Dual Enrollment Coordinator, at 540-857-7235 or

Posted on October 6, 2015 in Campus News | Permalink

Financial Aid/Admissions Rally for new students on Oct. 17

Virginia Western Community College announces that it will hold an open Financial Aid and Admissions Rally for new students on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the third floor of Webber Hall. College representatives will be on hand to help guide students, who have not previously attended Virginia Western, step-by-step through the financial aid process and to help them prepare to enroll for Spring Semester in programs that will help lead to rewarding careers.

Open enrollment for Spring Semester begins on Nov. 16, 2015, and the first day of classes is Jan. 11, 2016.

With more than 75 programs of study at Virginia Western, there is an educational pathway for any student’s career and life goals. Students interested in strong careers in fields such as welding, culinary, administration of justice, management, paralegal, communication design and healthcare will have an opportunity to sign up for Spring classes and get on their way there.

Prospective students are encouraged to visit Virginia Western and see what the college has to offer, and to find out if they qualify for substantial financial aid that is available. For directions to campus and to Webber Hall, visit: For more in-depth information about Virginia Western and its programs of study, please visit:

Posted on October 2, 2015 in Campus News | Permalink

Application period for Spring 2016 scholarships now open at Virginia Western

Prospective and current Virginia Western Community College students can apply for Spring Semester 2016 scholarships between now and 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, at Scholarship awards range from $500 to $2,000 per semester.

Virginia Western's tuition is approximately one-third that of a typical four-year college. However, many students continue to face financial hardships that prevent their access to education, causing barriers to future growth and achievement. Individuals, businesses, community organizations and corporations have generously invested in scholarships at Virginia Western, making college possible for many deserving students.

A new scholarship making an impact on the lives of students:

Lorraine Pleasants Memorial Annual Scholarship provides assistance for tuition to a student enrolled in at least 6 credits per semester in a program of study. Applicants must possess a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA, and have graduated from either William Fleming or Franklin County High School. Priority will be given to African-American students demonstrating financial need.

Virginia Western will also offer scholarship opportunities in the fields of advanced technology, culinary arts, dental hygiene, engineering, general studies, liberal arts and nursing.

The Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation awarded more than $136,000 in scholarships to nearly 100 students for the 2014-15 academic year.  The college will honor its 2015-16 scholarship recipients and donors in a ceremony in March 2016.

For more information about the scholarship process or to learn how to establish a scholarship, contact Carole Tarrant, Coordinator of Development, at (540) 857-6281 or

Posted on September 25, 2015 in Campus News | Permalink

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