Hiker Encourages Students to Pursue Their Dreams

He took time to celebrate small accomplishments, he said, explaining that he “put down his backpack and danced with joy” when he had completed the first six miles of his cross-country walk. He learned to appreciate breathtaking views, the wonders of Mother Nature and the simple companionship of others he met along the trail. He experienced frozen hiking boots, thunderstorms, and rare moonbows only visible in a few places under special conditions. And, he said, he found time to think about the truly important things in life.

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VHCC Students Visit Virginia Lawmakers

Four VHCC students traveled to Richmond in February to meet state lawmakers and explain how the College is helping them to achieve their educational goals. The student group included two Patrick Henry High School and two Holston High School graduates who were chosen to participate in the annual VCCS initiative entitled Every Day is Community College…

Geospatial Technology Being Used in Biology Courses

Biology students at Virginia Highlands Community College are using geospatial technology to map tree species on campus and to document reptile and VHCC Assistant Professor Kevin Hamed recently participated in an extensive one-week Regional Geospatial Institute that provided training using geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), and remote sensing. He is now incorporating…

VHCC to Honor American Veterans

Members of the campus community are encouraged to celebrate American heroes this Veterans Day by submitting the story of their own military service or sharing the story of a friend or family member who served in the U.S. armed forces. The effort is being sponsored by the VHCC Student Veterans Association and all information and images…

Tobacco Commission Approves Grants for VHCC

Submitted by Heather Musick Virginia Highlands recently received $637,000 from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification & Community Revitalization Commission to assist students. • $420,000 was awarded for the 2014-2015 VHCC academic year for the AIMS and Tobacco Scholarships. If you are interested in more information on these scholarships, please contact Lindsey Holman at 739-2555. We will…

Plant Life of Virginia Students Travel to Botanical Gardens

Students enrolled in the new Plant Life of Virginia course, BIO-215 taught by Associate Professor Kevin Hamed, visited the University of North Carolina-Asheville Botanical Gardens on Friday. The gardens house over 650 species of plants and the majority are native to the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Students were able to practice their identification skills and see…

Volunteers Donate Time During National Day of Service

By Samantha Gunn SGA Student Activity Officer Members of the VHCC community came together with the rest of the country to “pay forward” their time as a way of recognizing those who lost their lives, the survivors, and emergency workers who responded after the attacks of September 11, 2001.The event was organized by the VHCC…

Assistant Professor Kevin Hamed’s Research is Published

If you’re interested in amphibian diseases – the Ranavirus in Plethdontid Salamanders within the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, to be exact – you’ll certainly want to pick up the latest copy of Herpetological Review and read the compelling article by VHCC Assistant Professor Kevin Hamed. Kevin’s research was partially funded through a grant with…

New VHCC App Available Now

Do you need help checking your campus email, finding an assignment on Blackboard, or catching up on VHCC news? There’s an app for that! VCCS Mobile is brand new, absolutely free, and can be downloaded now from iTunes or Google Play. Log in to your account, search for VCCS Mobile, and download the app to…