VWCC expanding classes in Franklin County

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ROCKY MOUNT (WSLS 10) - Virginia Western Community College is expanding its offerings in Franklin County. Students who take classes at the Franklin Center in Rocky Mount will now have more options.

Before 11 classes were offered at the center. This spring semester, 24 will be offered.

Many of the added classes are general courses that all Virginia Western students are required to take.

Executive Director of the Franklin Center, Kathy Hodges, says the growing number of classes is important.

It will help save many local students time and money as some have more than a 40 minute drive to the main campus in Roanoke.

Leaders are hoping to growth in classes will lead to a growth in enrollment.

The expansion will also benefit Franklin County businesses as the college plans to work with more local companies to offer specialized trainings.

The expansion comes as a result of Patrick Henry Community College no longer offering courses in the County due to budget cuts. Virginia Western says it wanted to fill the void and expand the number of classes as Franklin County is quickly growing in population.