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Mountain Thunder and Friday Night Dance Band Performing at NRCC Jamboree 
The music of Adam McPeak and Mountain Thunder and the Friday Night Dance Band will be featured during New River Community College's Fiddle, Banjo and Dance Club Jamboree on Saturday, February 14. The music will begin at 6 p.m. in Edwards Hall, room 117, at NRCC in Dublin.
 
Corporate sponsors of the jamborees include Anderson Audiology, Dublin; CVS Pharmacy, Dublin; Duncan Ford Lincoln Mazda, Blacksburg; Estes Auto & Truck Parts Inc., Pilot; Gregory Seeding Landscaping Company; King's Tire Service, Pulaski; Pepsi Cola Bottling Co., Dublin; Pulaski Patriot, Pulaski; Shoney's Restaurant, Dublin; Southern Furniture Warehouse, Radford; Southwest Outdoor Power Equipment, Radford; Trader's Emporium and Jewelry Services, Dublin; UAW Veterans Local 2069 and Wade's Supermarket.

The doors open at 5 p.m. for the show. There is no charge for admission; however, donations will be accepted to help pay travel expenses for the musicians. The jamborees are held the second Saturday of each month through April at NRCC, a Crooked Road affiliated venue.

More information about the NRCC Fiddle, Banjo, and Dance Club is available from Roger Adkins at 674-3600, ext. 4307, and online.  
 NRCC Wraps up First 3-D Printing Class
Visiting a college during final exam time, one often finds quiet classrooms filled with pensive students. But at New River Community College's New River Valley Mall site last month, some students' final exams came with the clicks, hums and whirls of a row of 3-D printers. 
Richard Schmidt checks on a work in progress on one of NRCC's 3-D printers.
The fall 2014 semester marked the introduction of a new course in Desktop Manufacturing Technologies along with a career studies certificate titled "Preparation f
or Makers in Advanced Manufacturing."


The desktop manufacturing course focused largely on 3-D printing and allowed students to learn a variety of aspects of additive manufacturing from design to creation. The
 students also worked with laser engraving and vector graphics. 


With no course prerequisites or desktop manufacturing experience required, the inaugural class attracted both current NRCC students and local hobbyists. 

"I've been following 3-D printing technology since it started," says Bernie Cosell, a retired Virginia Western Community College professor. "So I thought it was about time to take a class and learn how the software and the printers actually work." He has his eye on purchasing a 3-D printer to set up at home, now that the equipment prices have started to come down. 

Richard Schmidt, a retired Virginia Tech professor, says he took the class for fun. "I'm used to being the professor," he says. "Now I'm the student!" He and his classmates confess that the design software they use to create their projects can be challenging, but that they often trade tips and tricks they've learned to help each other along. "These 'kids' know a lot more about the software than me," says Schmidt. "They're very helpful."

Michael Mitchell, an NRCC computer aided design student, says he saw the class as an opportunity to further his CAD skills in the three dimensional arena. The software NRCC CAD students use in some of their classes is the same as that used in desktop manufacturing. That, Mitchell says, is a big help. "After a couple semesters, a CAD student should be pretty familiar with it," he says. "But of course, it depends on the complexity of what you're trying to make."
After a short chat with the students and course instructor Jeff Levy, it quickly becomes apparent that patience and practice are virtues in desktop manufacturing. But, it's also apparent that everyone is learning a lot and having plenty of fun in the process. The classroom is strewn with extruded plastic parts that might go to one student's quadcopter, another's bicycle pedal, or another's Lego-like toy man. All this is punctuated by the hum of a laser engraving machine carefully crafting a wooden sign for Cosell's sheep farm. 

Prospective NRCC students may Click Here for enrollment information or call the Admissions Office at 540-674-3603.
NRCC Students visit Virginia Legislators 
A delegation of New River Community College
students, a long with Dr. Mark Rowh, NRCC vice president for workforce development and 
external relations, recently visited Virginia legislators in Richmond as part of the "Every Day is Community College Day" program. They had the opportunity to speak with several legislators, including 38th district Senator A. Benton Chafin, Jr. Pictured left to right are Kaitlin Mooney, Senator Chafin, Kate Feuchtenberger, Logan Kantsios and Shane Haupt.
NRCC Educational Foundation Scholarship Application Deadline 
The deadline to submit applications for New River Community College Educational Foundation scholarships is Monday, February 16. These scholarships will support studies at NRCC during the academic year beginning in August, 2015. Scholarships of $1,000 will be awarded to qualified persons.

The foundation scholarship application and full eligibility requirements may be found by Clicking Here. All applications must be submitted online. 

More information may be obtained by contacting the NRCC Educational Foundation at 540-674-3618.

NRCC Partners with Giles County to Increase Access to College

Giles County recently became the first locality in the New River Valley to participate in the "Access to Community College Education" initiative. ACCE is a public/private partnership between Giles County and the New River Community College Educational Foundation that provides the opportunity for Giles County graduates to attend New River Community College tuition free for two years. 

The program will begin with 2015 graduates of Giles County's public and private high schools and home schooled students living in the county. The number of students the program can assist will be based on available funding each year. 

To be eligible for the program students must have been a Giles County resident for at least one year, must graduate with a GPA of at least 2.5 and must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, among other requirements. If accepted, students will also be required to participate in a Giles County community service project each semester. This year's ACCE application period will be from Monday, February 2, to Friday, February 27.  The ACCE application can be found online.

The impetus for the program came when Narrows resident and NRCC Educational Foundation board member Dr. J. Lewis Webb put forth the idea of creating a program for Giles County students similar to Virginia Western Community College's "Community College Access Program," which benefits students in the Roanoke area. After hearing a presentation about how such an idea might work at NRCC, Giles County Administrator Chris McKlarney became a proponent.

"We believe that this will give many of our students who might otherwise not have gone to college an incredible opportunity to attend a great educational institution," says McKlarney. "Whether they intend to develop a trade or go on and complete a four-year education or beyond, New River Community College offers tremendous programs. Education improves the workforce, helps future entrepreneurs discover their talents and opens doors to a world of opportunity - all of which will yield continuous returns to our community for many years to come." 

The trick to keeping the ambitious program going and serving Giles County students will be funding, says Angie Covey, executive director of the NRCC Educational Foundation. The program's annual fundraising goal is $150,000. The county has already committed to providing $75,000 each year, but on the private side of the equation, contributions will be needed each year from businesses and individuals to keep the program afloat. 

"Businesses will benefit from ACCE as well as students," says Covey. "The program will help ensure that there is skilled workforce available right on their doorstep."
The amount raised from private businesses and individuals so far is $51,000. This leaves $24,000 still to be raised to meet the program's fundraising goal. 

Several organizations and individuals have already contributed to the initial effort, including Celanese, Celanese Foundation, Bev and Fran Collins, Brad Denardo, Bob and Kitty Devereaux, Winston and Kathy Faust, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ferrell, Giles Community Hospital Medical Staff, Rick Grube and Jennifer Bennett Grube, John and Barbara Hale, Ed and Karen Lawhorn, Lhoist North America, Doug and Donna Martin, Michael and Drema McMahon, Joseph Richard Mitchell, National Bank, Patrick Enterprises (Mark Collins), Pembroke Telephone Cooperative (PemTel), James and Janet Rakes, Ken and Kay Rakes, Greg and Fran Rooker, Stateson Homes (Todd and Dana Robertson), Tickle Oil and Propane (Gary and Rhonda Tickle), The Virginian Leader, Kenneth and Mary Ann Walker, Lewis and Catherine Webb, and Lee and Anne Wheeler.

Those wishing to contribute to the Giles County ACCE initiative may contact the NRCC Educational Foundation at 540-674-3655 or via email at acovey@nr.edu.  
Student Spotlight

 

Shane Haupt

New River Community College student Shane Haupt was recently awarded a national Coca-Cola "Leaders of Promise" scholarship from Phi Theta Kappa.

The Leaders of Promise scholarship program provides new members of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society with financial resources to help defray educational expenses while enrolled at a two-year college. Up to 200 scholarships of $1,000 each are awarded annually based on applications submitted by members. Of those, 25 scholarships are earmarked for current members of the military or military veterans.

Haupt, from Williamsburg, is studying police science. He says the program's good reputation and value helped draw him to NRCC. After completing his studies at New River, he'd like to transfer to Old Dominion University and study Criminal Justice. Ultimately, he'd like to become a probation officer, perhaps focusing on juveniles. "If I could help one person, I think that would be worth a career," he says. In addition to being a student, Haupt is also a Coast Guard reservist, commuting regularly to Newport News for training.

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society is the official honor society for two-year colleges and the largest honor society in America. To be eligible for membership, students must have completed at least 12 hours of coursework that may be applied to an associate degree program and have a grade point average of at least 3.5.


 

 


 

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