Virginia Western - The Community's College

Student Services

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.

Please note that additional information on resources and services available to students can also be found in the college catalog and the student handbook. To access this information, please use the following links:

College Catalog

Student Handbook

Academic Link

The Academic Link's purpose is to connect students to academic success by providing learning assistance that fosters the acquisition of the critical learning skills that make students better learners. To that end, the Link offers a variety of learning assistance services including one-on-one/group tutoring; walk-in Math, Writing and Science Centers; 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 tutoring@virigniawestern.edu or visit the link below:

Academic Link

Advising Center

Need help with academic planning?  You have a team of advisors to help support your academic success! 

New Students

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, located in Chapman Hall 105, or use the following link:

Advising Center

Returning Students

If you are a returning student continuing in your program of study, schedule an appointment with your Faculty Advisor if you have questions about your academic plan.  If you are considering a change to your program of study, meet with a Program Advisor to talk about your options. You may schedule appointments with Faculty Advisors and Program Advisors by logging in to your MyVWCC account. Instructions are available here.

All Students

If you need assistance searching for available class times, registering for courses, or printing an Advisement Report, visit the Registration Room in Duncan 212 during registration periods.

Career Services

The Hall Associates Career Center, located in the 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 use the following link:

Hall Associates Career and Employment Assistance Center

Disability Services

The Office of Disability Services, located in Student Life Center, 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 use the following link:

Disability Services

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, Blackboard Learn, Blackboard Collaborate, Atomic Learning, Respondus Exam Software, Respondus LockDown Browser and Safe Assign. For additional information, please use the following link:

eLIT

Student Email Account

The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) automatically creates a student e-mail account for each student at a Virginia community college, including Virginia Western. This e-mail account is where important announcements and Blackboard-related e-mail will be sent and is considered the official method for communication at the VCCS and Virginia Western. For additional information, please use the following link:

Student Email Account 

Financial Aid

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. For additional information, visit the Enrollment Center, Chapman Hall, Room 106 or use the following link:

Financial Aid 

Health Insurance

Information about low-cost/free health care in the Roanoke Valley and medical insurance for students can be found using the following link:

Student Health Insurance

Intervention Counselor

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 use the following link:

Intervention Counselor

Library Services

Library Services (on the top floor of Brown Library) provides resources in electronic and print formats that support Virginia Western courses and are important to student success. In addition to providing resources, Library Services provides comfortable seating areas for quiet student work and friendly, knowledgeable staff members to assist with research and other information needs. Students can access computers for performing research and completing assignments and can also check out a variety of resources, including study rooms, tablet computers and iPads, headphones and much more. For hours of operation of other information on library services, please use the following link:

Brown Library

Link Labs

Several computer labs on campus are available to students. These include B17 located on the ground floor of Brown Library across from the Testing Center; The Link Learning Commons located on the main floor of Brown Library; and M302 located on the third floor of the Business Science Building. All labs have a general range of software that includes Microsoft Office. M302, B17 and several machines in the Link Learning Commons also have AutoDesk software. For hours of operation and tutoring availability, please use the following link:

Link Labs

Military Student Center

The Military Student Center is located in Anderson Hall, Room 122.  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 use the following link:

Military Student Center

Online Services

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 use the following link:

Navigate MyVWCC

Pathways

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. 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 use the following link:

Pathways

Please note that high school students are not eligible for the REACH program.  

Registration Room

To receive assistance selecting class times and registering for courses, please visit the Registration Room in Duncan Hall Room 212. Staff in the Registration Room can assist you with logging in to your MyVWCC account, searching for available courses, and processing your registration for classes. Locations and hours are listed below. Please note that the Registration Room will observe all college closings.

June 22 - August 28

  • Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Scholarships

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 use the following link:

Scholarships

Student Activities

The Student Activities Office, located in the Student Life Center, Room 307, 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, telephone 540-857-6326 or use the following link:

Student Activities

Student Handbook

The Virginia Western Student Handbook is published annually to provide students with information about the policies, including the student grievance procedure, and other regulations of the College. The printed version includes a custom Virginia Western academic planner and calendar. A copy of the handbook is available online at the following link:

Student Handbook

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 use the following link:

Student ID Cards

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, Web Application, Gmail, etc.). Students should contact the Help Desk for all MyVWCC and Gmail password resets, login problems, etc. For additional information, telephone 540-857-7354 or use the following link:

Technical Support/Help Desk

Testing Center

The Testing Center for Virginia Western is located on the ground floor of Brown Library. The center has a glassed-in testing area for secure paper testing and a computer lab for administering online tests. During hours of operation, students may take placement tests, appropriate make-up tests, and exams for distance education courses (in accordance with class policies). As a service to the community, the center also administers proctored tests and special tests. When students come for testing they will need to present a photo ID and Virginia Western student ID number. For additional information, please use the following link:

Testing Center

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 use the following link:

Tuition Payment Plan

Wellness/Fitness Center

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 use the following link:

Wellness/Fitness Center

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