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 (PDF)

Career Services

The Hall Associates Career and Employment Assistance Center, located in the Thomas Center, Room 202, 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. For additional information, please use the following link:

Hall Associates Career and Employment Assistance Center

Computer Labs

In addition to the Testing Center, Math Center, Writing Center, and the Power Hour Program, the Learning Technology Center houses two open computer labs. The main computer lab (Brown Library Room 17/18) contains 30 workstations and is open to all Virginia Western students -- except during those times when the lab has been reserved for testing or class instruction. In addition to providing access to the World Wide Web, the computers in the main lab have the following software available:

  • Microsoft Office
  • Choices 2008 (career software)
  • COMPASS/ESL (diagnostic/placement
    software)
  • Maple9 (interactive software for advanced math)
  • Minitab (statistical software)

There are also several additional computer labs on campus that are available to students. Some labs are open with no restrictions; others are available only to students in certain programs of study. All labs are closed on holidays observed by the college and when the college is closed due to inclement weather. For additional information on all computer labs, lab restrictions, and hours of operation, please use the following link:

Computer Labs

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.  

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.

Disability Services

Student Support Services, located in Webber Hall, Room 212, 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 Student Support Services at 540-857-7286. Student Support counselors are available to discuss program accessibility and individual needs. For additional information, please use the following link:

Disability Services

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. For additional information, please use the following link:

Student Email Account 

ESL Courses

Virginia Western Community College is committed to serving the needs of English speakers of other languages (ESOL). To meet the needs of ESOL students, the college offers an array of courses designed for learners at a variety of levels. For additional information on course offerings, please use the following link:

ESL Courses

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 Financial Aid Office, Chapman Hall, Room 106 or use the following link:

Financial Aid 

Health Insurance

Information about low-cost/free health care and short-term medical insurance for students can be found by visiting the Student Activities Office, located in the Thomas Center, Room 210.

Student Health Insurance

Learning Technology Center (LTC)

The LTC, located on the ground floor of Brown Library, is the college’s testing center and a resource center for supplementary instructional assistance for students. Tutorial assistance in the form of two drop-in centers and a one-on-one tutoring program, Power Hour, are among the services offered. A microcomputer lab is also available for students. For additional information, please use the following link:

Learning Technology Center

Laptop Computers

Current Virginia Western students can check out tablet computers in Brown Library. The loan period is 2 hours, in-library use only, and a current VWCC photo ID is required. During the checkout period, you must leave two of the following at the circulation desk: current VWCC student ID, valid VA driver’s license, or car keys. For additional information, please use the following link:

Laptop Computers

Library

Educational programs at Virginia Western are supported in Brown Library by a collection of books and study materials. The Library also offers a rich array of online databases to provide fundamental research and all library computers are set up to allow Internet searching. For additional information on library services, please use the following link:

Brown Library

Online Services

My VWCC 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 My VWCC, please use the following link:

Student Survival Guide

REACH/Student Support Services Program

The Student Support Services program is designed for students with academic potential who would benefit from additional services. Students may be eligible for the program if they are first generation college students, meet limited income guidelines, or have a disability. In addition, students must show a need for academic support services. Services available include tutoring, career and personal counseling, assistance in obtaining financial aid, academic counseling, cultural activities, transfer assistance, and individualized assistance as needed. Student Support Services is located in Webber Hall, Room 212. For additional information, please use the following link:

REACH/Student Support Services

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 My VWCC 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.

April 11th - May 16th; June 23rd - August 27th

  • Monday - Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • 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 Thomas Center, Room 210, coordinates social, cultural, educational, and recreational programs to enrich campus life. Music and dance performances, art exhibitions, lectures, plays, clubs and team sports 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. A copy of the handbook is available online at the following link:

Student Handbook (PDF)

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, Blackboard, G-mail, etc.). Students should contact the Help Desk for all My VWCC and G-mail password resets, login problems, etc. For additional information, telephone 540-857-7354 or use the following link:

Technical Support/Help Desk

Testing Services

The Learning Technology Center (LTC), located on the ground floor of Brown Library, serves as the testing center for Virginia Western Community College. The center has a glassed-in testing area for secure 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. For additional information, please use the following link:

Testing Services

Tuition Payment Plan

To help meet your educational expenses, Virginia Western Community College is pleased to participate in Nelnet's tuition payment plan. For a non-refundable fee of $25.00, Nelnet 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 or by credit card. For additional information, please use the following link:

Tuition Payment Plan

Tutoring

Virginia Western offers a variety of tutoring options including one-on-one tutoring (Power Hour). The college also provides a Writing Center for assistance in all stages of the writing process and a Math Center, where students have access to individual and group tutoring in all levels of developmental and college mathematics. For additional information, telephone 540-857-7250 or use the following link:

Tutoring

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. Students who wish to use the facility must obtain a VWCC Student ID Card and attend a free orientation on the Center's equipment, policies, safety procedures, and guidelines. The Wellness/Fitness Center will be closed for renovations during the 2012/2013 year. For additional information, please use the following link:

Wellness/Fitness Center

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