You can get up to $3,000 to go to a Virginia community college
If you’re unemployed and underemployed and impacted by the pandemic you can claim the tuition funding through Governor Ralph Northam’s Re-Employing Virginians (REV) to attend community college. The REV initiative provides scholarships to enroll in a workforce or community college program in five essential industries including health care, information technology, skilled trades, public safety, and early childhood education. The initiative will provide one-time REV scholarships of $3,000 to register in a qualifying full-time degree program and $1,500 to register part-time or in quicker, career training courses. Virginia Western Community College is giving REV funds to students on a first-come, first-served basis and say there’s plenty of money left. As of Thursday, a VWCC spokesperson says they had enrolled 119 students and expended $196,594 of the allocated $1,105,410 available in REV funding specific to the college.
Local student gamers raise money for sick children
ROANOKE, Va. - Gaming marathons are becoming a popular way to raise money for charity, and Friday some local students played for a good cause. The Gaming Club at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke is part of the Extra Life event, which has the support of thousands of gamers around the world. Members are asking for donations, and all the money raised stays local, supporting sick and injured children through local Childrens Miracle Network hospitals. Im very proud of all the money weve raised for it," Virginia Western Community College student Charles Tomlin said. Donations can be made at Extra Life's website by entering Virginia Western Community College into the search bar and selecting a participant.
Community college panel inspires students to overcome academic obstacles
ROANOKE, Va. - Virginia Western Community College officials know how tough school can be so on Wednesday, the college hosted a panel discussion to inspire students to keep going. "I Persist" was put on by TRIO Pathways Student Support Services and designed to help students struggling with a variety of academic barriers. What that means can vary greatly person by person, whether it's being a first-generational college student, a refugee, working full-time or maybe for someone for whom English isn't their first language. Kitty Walls, an academic success coach for TRIO who is the panel's organizer, hopes by bringing students, faculty members and staffers together, students with these struggles will be motivated to press on. This the second year the college has hosted this panel.
Co-op opens at Virginia Western Community College
ROANOKE, Va. - One local community college is doing its part to cut down on the 5,000 students that go hungry there every day. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Virginia Western Community College Wednesday for the college's new co-op. Virginia Western president Dr. Robert Sandel said the idea started as a grass roots effort by the college. This a very, very special day for Virginia Western and our students because we are working with people who are making a difference for our students." Kroger is currently working with two other colleges to create a co-op.
Virginia Western Community College opens STEM Building
ROANOKE, Va. - After five years of planning and construction and more than $30 million spent, the largest building on Virginia Western Community College's campus is open. "I really feel like there is power in place," VWCC STEM School Dean Amy White said. That power, White said, is the power to motivate and inspire students to reach beyond what they think they're capable of. Virginia Western President Dr. Robert Sandel said the STEM Building could have a big impact on the local economy. "We will be able to respond to business and industry with their needs because of this building," Sandel said.