Virginia Western Community College

Virginia Western Community College

Virginia Western Community College, or VWCC, is a two-year college located in the Franklin-Colonial neighborhood of Roanoke, Virginia, United states. It was chartered in 1966. VWCC is the third-largest college in the Virginia Community College System. It operates under policies established by the State Board for Community Colleges and the Virginia Western Community College Board. VWCC's campus is situated in Southwest Roanoke and spreads across an area of 70 acres. The college enrolls more than 9,000 students annually. It offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse subjects.

VWCC's men's and women's sports teams compete in intercollegiate sports. They also have a cheerleading team. All athletes must meet the VCCS Intercollegiate Athletics requirements. The sports teams are nicknamed the Blue Stars.

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Virginia Western Community College
3093 Colonial Ave
Roanoke , VA 24015
General Phone: (540) 857-7311

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

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts156general studies, humanities, liberal arts and humanities, social services
Therapy and Counseling113mental and social health services
Business and Management79business management, business administration, accounting and related services
Nursing and Emergency Medicine76registered nursing, licensed practical nurse
Medical Support and Technology59dental hygienist, radiation therapist, radiographer, mental health services tech
Science36biological and physical sciences
Security and Law Enforcement27criminal justice and administration
Engineering Technician17engineering technology, electronics tech, industrial tech, mechanical engineering related tech, architectural drafting
Design13design and visual communication, interior design
Office and Administration12business support services
Family and Social Work11child care provider
Law11legal assistant
Computer Science and Engineering11computer and info science
Engineering10engineering, surveying engineering
Landscaping and Horticulture6applied horticulture
Mechanics and Repair4HVAC
Medical Administration2health and medical administrative
Production Trades1welding
Construction Trades1construction
Media0audiovisual tech
Cooking and Culinary Arts0culinary arts

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree50127
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years4812
Award of less than 1 academic year961

Virginia Western Community College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Virginia Western Community College had a total enrollment of 8,653 students (4,303 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 84%
Black 10%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 1%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 19%
18-19 18%
20-21 11%
22-24 10%
25-29 11%
30-34 7%
35-39 6%
40-49 10%
50-64 8%
65+ 0%

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

State unknown2%

Virginia Western Community College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 56 %
Part-Time 37 %

Virginia Western Community College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Roanoke, 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 Western Community College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 2,662
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 7,917
Books and supplies $ 1,100

Financial Aid:
Virginia Western Community College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 376000)

Virginia Western Community College Faculty

Virginia Western Community College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured and not on tenure track3259

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year1*0*
Associate professorcalendar year0*3$74,130
Assistant professorcalendar year0*2*
All faculty totalcalendar year1*5$64,398

*: 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 year4$61,2129$61,313
Associate professoracademic year11$58,26513$57,639
Assistant professoracademic year12$52,21423$51,311
Instructoracademic year5$47,6789$44,872
All faculty totalacademic year32$54,71054$53,428

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

Virginia Western Community College Degree Programs (2007)

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

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Construction Trades
Construction Trades, General

Cooking And Culinary Arts
Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General

Design and Visual Communications, General
Interior Design

Engineering, General
Surveying Engineering

Engineering Technician
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Engineering Technology, General
Industrial Technology/Technician
Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians, Other

Family And Social Work
Child Care Provider/Assistant

Landscaping And Horticulture
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
General Studies
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Social Sciences, General

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

Audiovisual Communications Technologies/Technicians, Other

Medical Administration
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other

Medical Support And Technology
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Office And Administration
Business Operations Support and Secretarial Services, Other

Production Trades
Welding Technology/Welder

Biological and Physical Sciences

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 Western Community College Apart:

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Top 9%Virginia Western Community College Number of students
Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
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Top 11%Virginia Western Community College Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
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Top 12%Virginia Western Community College % of degrees in engineering
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
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Top 14%Virginia Western Community College Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
% of degrees in therapy and counseling
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Top 16%Virginia Western Community College % of degrees in therapy and counseling
% of degrees in science
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Top 17%Virginia Western Community College % of degrees in science
% students 40 years or older
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Top 19%Virginia Western Community College % students 40 years or older

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checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Tenure system for quality teaching

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