Virginia Highlands Community College

Virginia Highlands Community College

Virginia Highlands Community College, also known as VHCC, is a public college located in Abingdon, Virginia, United States. It was established in the year 1967. The campus spreads across an area of 100 acres. VHCC offers a variety of associate degrees, certificate programs, and diplomas in various fields of study including arts and education, science and horticulture, health, business and information technology, and human service and law enforcement, among others.

VHCC has an active athletics department. It is home to various men's and women's sports teams. VHCC students actively participate in intramural sports such as flag football, volleyball, basketball, softball, and ultimate Frisbee. The campus is also home to several clubs and organizations including the Horticulture Club, Student Government Association, Rotaract Club, and Phi Theta Kappa, among others.

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Virginia Highlands Community College
100 VHCC Drive
Abingdon , VA 24212-0828
General Phone: (276) 739-2400

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Virginia Highlands Community College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Therapy and Counseling158mental and social health services
Liberal Arts83liberal arts and sciences
Nursing and Emergency Medicine60EMT paramedic, registered nursing
Construction Trades17electrician
Security and Law Enforcement14corrections, criminal justice and administration
Computer Science and Engineering13computer and info science, information technology, web design
Business and Management13business administration, accounting and related services
Medical Support and Technology12radiographer, health diagnostic professions
Landscaping and Horticulture8applied horticulture
Office and Administration8business support services
Mechanics and Repair7industrial electronics tech, HVAC
Production Trades6precision metal working
Engineering Technician5engineering technology, electronics tech, industrial tech, CAD and design
Medical Administration2medical records tech
Family and Social Work1child care provider
Hospitality0hospitality management

Number of programs and degrees for Virginia Highlands Community College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree20819
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years5216
Award of less than 1 academic year1471

Virginia Highlands Community College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Virginia Highlands Community College had a total enrollment of 2,580 students (1,572 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 96%
Black 2%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 21%
18-19 22%
20-21 13%
22-24 9%
25-29 10%
30-34 7%
35-39 6%
40-49 8%
50-64 5%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

State unknown2%

Virginia Highlands Community College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 56 %
Part-Time 31 %

Virginia Highlands Community College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Abingdon, Virginia for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Virginia Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Virginia Highlands Community College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 2,342
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 7,392
Books and supplies $ 1,000

Financial Aid:
Virginia Highlands Community College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 709900)

Virginia Highlands Community College Faculty

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1731

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year2*2*
Associate professorcalendar year0*4$59,904
Assistant professorcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year2*7$62,255

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year2*3$62,886
Associate professoracademic year10$61,93811$57,535
Assistant professoracademic year2*8$52,880
Instructoracademic year1*2*
All faculty totalacademic year15$58,67324$55,708

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Virginia Highlands Community College Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Accounting and Related Services, Other
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Technology
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design

Construction Trades

Engineering Technician
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Engineering Technology, General
Industrial Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Child Care Provider/Assistant

Hospitality Administration/Management, General

Landscaping And Horticulture
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General

Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Mechanics And Repair
Heating/AC/Ventilation/Refrig Maint Technology/Technician
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician

Medical Administration
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician

Medical Support And Technology
Allied Health Diagnostic/Intervention/Treatment Professions, Oth
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Office And Administration
Business Operations Support and Secretarial Services, Other

Production Trades
Precision Metal Working, Other

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other

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What Sets Virginia Highlands Community College Apart:

% of degrees in therapy and counseling
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Top 19%Virginia Highlands Community College % of degrees in office and administration
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Top 19%Virginia Highlands Community College % of degrees in engineering technician

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checked Remedial classes for students
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