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Virginia Highlands Community College is proud to dedicate this report to the 16 members of the VHCC family who retired in 2013. Many of them had worked on campus since the college was established more than four decades ago and, together, they contributed more than 500 years of combined service to VHCC. Their dedication to students and commitment to excellence created a strong foundation of quality instruction and outstanding service that will allow VHCC to meet the educational needs of our community for many years to come. We gratefully acknowledge the distinguished service of Gary Aday, Carolyn Bales, Charles Boling, David Collins, Schery Collins, Joyce Crusenberry, Stan Ferrell, Ronnie Frye, Ben Jennings, Barbara Johnson, Brent Joyce, Joyce Lindsey, Ken McGlothlin, Jerry Musick, Alma Rowland, and Gary Thomas.

A Message From

The President

Throughout its proud history, Virginia Highlands Community College has remained committed to meeting the needs of the community. We began in 1969 with programs in cosmetology and diesel mechanics and have repeatedly shifted gears, always embracing the latest technology of the day and the rich opportunities available within the local workforce. Our greatest strength has always been our phenomenal ability to change with the times, always enthusiastically welcoming new students, new programs, and a brand new day to grow and learn. The 2012-2013 year was a time of great change, marked by the retirement of 16 men and women who had dedicated their careers to VHCC. Their noticeable absence is overshadowed only by their many valuable contributions to our campus and our community. We welcomed Wolf Grounds Coffee Shop, a new disc golf course, and a state-of-the art cadaver lab to our campus, enriching the college experience and our academic offerings. We continued partnerships with business and industry, strengthened our support services, and improved campus safety. We reconnected with alumni and reached out to middle and high school students. We even kicked off an annual songwriting festival to support our Great Expectations Program for foster care students. With so many great things happening on campus, it’s important that we tell our story throughout the year. To assist in that effort, we recently launched a campus-wide re-branding effort that will ensure community members understands our ongoing promise to them. We’re still in the early stages, but will share details as they become available. The work we do requires great support from city and county leaders, state legislators, students and parents, and community members. We are grateful for that support and remain committed to meeting the needs of our region not just today, but tomorrow and every other brand new day.

Dr. Ron Proffitt

Source: Bureau of Business and Economic Research, East Tennessee State University

Total Impact

$36.1 Million Household Earnings

$11.9 Million FTE Employment

306 Jobs

Average Pay


Economic Impact Virginia Highlands Community College pumped $36.1 million into the local economy during the 2012-2013 academic year as a result of its operations, events and construction projects. The breakdown indicates that 306 jobs exist on campus or in the area to support the college, with an average annual salary of just over $39,000. This resulted in direct household earnings of $11.9 million. The total impact is a result of salaries being reinvested in the local economy multiple times.



attend part time


Dual Enrollment 20%

NonCurricular Students 12%

Occupational - Technical Programs 20%

live in Virginia


are 25 or younger

Transfer Programs 48%

Cadaver Lab

A $110,000 grant from the Virginia Tobacco Commission allowed VHCC to renovate existing space for a fully functioning cadaver lab that has greatly enhanced instruction for students enrolled in Anatomy and Physiology courses. The lab, which is a unique feature for a small community college, allows those enrolled in Nursing and other allied health programs to develop a better understanding of the human body. Associate Professor Julie Little oversees the operation of the VHCC Cadaver Lab.

The new VHCC Collaboration Station housed in the campus Library is making it possible for students to work on group projects and presentations, study together, and conduct joint research using the latest technology. Up to six laptops or other mobile devices can be connected at one time and displayed on the large monitors using toggle switches controlled by group members. A field trip to the Botanical Gardens at the University of North Carolina-Asheville gave Biology and Horticulture students an opportunity to try their skills at identifying a wide variety of plants that are native to our region. Associate Professor Kevin Hamed arranged the trip and other research-based opportunities that get students out of the classroom and into nature.

Ensuring Success VHCC prides itself on providing one-on-one help and support for every student. Free tutoring services are available in many subjects through a partnership between the college and the federally funded Project EXCEL program, and an embedded tutor has been placed in developmental math classrooms to provide extra help for those who need it. A grant from the Chancellor’s Innovative Fund also made it possible to provide around-the-clock tutoring through Smartthinking, an online service staffed by experts. Grant funds from Virginia’s Community Colleges also allowed the college to create a College Success Program that provides study skills workshops, enrollment assistance and ongoing support throughout the year.

Dual Enrollment Area high school students can jumpstart their college educations through the VHCC Dual Enrollment Program, which allows students to simultaneously earn both high school and college credit by completing college-level courses. Those who are highly motivated may even complete an Associate’s Degree while still in high school through the VHCC Dual Enrollment Scholars Program. Emma Buchanan of Patrick Henry High School already has earned 16 credits and is well on her way to completing an entire year of college. The dual enrollment program now comprises 20 percent of VHCC’s total enrollment.

A Safe Environment

Local musician H.B. Beverly provided the entertainment for the 2012 SGA Luau that is a favorite event during Campus Craze Dayz, a series of events that welcomes students to campus and officially kicks off the Fall Semester each year. Other highlights included the Back-to-School Bash, Movie Under the Stars, and a spirited wiffle ball game between students and faculty/staff.

Wolf Grounds Coffee Shop Wolf Grounds Coffee Shop, a studentoperated venture that receives a portion of its power from renewable energy sources, officially opened to the public in February. Students employed in the shop get the benefit of hands-on business training, while the entire campus community has the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of freshly brewed coffees, cappuccinos, frappes, smoothies, and other delicious treats. The project received funding from Dominion Power Co., guidance from faculty members Phil Ferguson and Jason Corvin, and expertise from Zazzy’Z Coffee House, a local business that provided equipment and training to the Wolf Grounds staff. The business is led by Accounting Manager Danielle Parks and Operations Manager Erika Cashwell.

Campus safety received high marks in a recent student survey and remains a top priority at VHCC. A certified police force led by Chief Blake Andis provides training for the campus community and has organized a series of drills to ensure students and staff members are prepared in the event of a real emergency. Additional lighting and security cameras also have been installed across campus and electronic devices now make it possible to implement a campus lock-down in a matter of seconds.

A Brand New Start When Donnie Melvin’s co-workers began receiving layoff slips, he decided the time was right to achieve his lifelong dream of going to college. He arranged his class schedule so that he could continue to work full time during the first semester, but ultimately decided to quit his job of 18 years and dedicate all of his time toward earning a diploma in Electro-Mechanical Maintenance. Donnie received support through the Adult Career Coach Program designed to help non-traditional students as they transition from the workplace into the classroom and back into the labor force again. Donnie’s hard work led to a position at VHCC, where he is currently teaching courses in Mechanical Engineering and Electricity as an adjunct faculty member.


Community Partnerships Through an ongoing partnership with Electro-Mechanical Corp., VHCC’s Division of Workforce Training & Continuing Education developed a long list of customized training programs to help those within management and supervisory positions become more effective leaders. The Bristol-based company has enjoyed a long relationship with the college and, in addition to utilizing its training programs, actively recruit graduates of the Energy Technology Program or skilled positions within its highly technical manufacturing facility. The company’s training programs are led by Mike Stollings, director of Human Resources, Employee Relations and Training.


Career Readiness Certificates

This assessment-based credential was awarded to 43 dislocated workers, 72 high school students, and 43 VHCC students, providing them with documentation that they possess key workplace skills.


Soft Skills Workshop Participants

Those vying for jobs in today’s workplace need strong technical skills, but they must also understand the importance of having a neat appearance, being on time for work, and having a strong work ethic. The soft skills workshop, which was offered to 34 VHCC students, focused on these and other important workplace responsibilities.


CPR for Healthcare Providers Certification

This American Heart Association (AHA) CPR course was completed by 17 employees from local businesses, VHCC’s Police Department staff, and students enrolled in Nursing and other allied health programs at VHCC and the Smyth County Career & Technical Center.


OSHA Safety Cards

The 10-hour OSHA training course was completed by 24 employees of local businesses and industries and 42 students enrolled in occupational-technical programs at VHCC, ensuring they have the skills needed to reduce the risk of job-site hazards.

Funding for the these training courses was provided through the VCCS Workforce Development Services Institutes of Excellence Project. The project is dedicated to preparing students for satisfactory completion of industry recognized certifications.

Summer Explorations VHCC opens its doors each summer to area youngsters and provides them with unique opportunities to develop new skills and explore careers through programs like the VHCC Summer Regional Governor’s School, the WIA Career Academy sponsored in partnership with People Inc. of Southwest Virginia, and the Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education. In addition to introducing students to a long list of diverse fields like mathematics, engineering, health care and culinary arts, the programs provide visiting students with opportunities to expand their horizons through educational trips outside the region.

Upward Bound participant Lauren Coleman received a free chef ’s hat as part of a summer program at the Southeast Culinary and Hospitality College. The visit was part of a series designed to introduce students to the skills and training needed to be successful in a variety of careers.

Time to Play The college experience is enhanced at VHCC by student activities and cultural opportunities that allow students to showcase their talents. Just as the leaves began to change last fall, a 5k Run sponsored by the Classified Support Staff Association gave area runners the chance to “Catch the Big Bad Wolf � and contribute to a scholarship named in honor of long-time employee Dr. Deborah Clear, who retired in May 2012. The Student Government Association recently cut the ribbon on a new 9-hole disc golf course that is now open to the public, while those who prefer team sports can play flag football or join the VHCC Intramural Basketball Team. For those who would rather perform on a stage, VHCC provides opportunities to join the VHCC Choir, Percussion Ensemble, and Old Time String Band or audition for a theater production.

(Left to Right) Sadie Surber, Shirley Pafford, Martha Bryan and Beverly Bolling, all members of VHCC’s first nursing class, returned to campus in October for the 40th Anniversary of the Nursing Program. Soon after graduating from VHCC in 1972, they each went to work as registered nurses at hospitals in our region.

Honoring Alumni Sgt. Jamie Davis, a Glade Spring native who graduated from VHCC in 1994 with an Associate of Arts & Sciences Degree in General Studies, was named the 2013 VHCC Distinguished Alumni Award winner. Sgt. Davis holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Florida’s St. Leo University and currently supervises six officers in a five-county region of Southwest Virginia for the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries. The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor presented by the VHCC Alumni Association. It was presented to Sgt. Davis during the Commencement Ceremony on May 10.

The VHCC Alumni Association Board consists of 10 community members who got their start at VHCC and have since transitioned into successful careers. This year the Alumni Association organized and sponsored a long list of events to engage former students, including VHCC Night with the Bristol White Sox, VHCC Night at the Saltville Wave Pool, and a Commencement Celebration for the Class of 2013.

Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival Grammy Award winning songwriter and VHCC graduate Richard Leigh returned to campus in May with four of his friends from the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame to perform their No. 1 hits and raise money for Great Expectations, the privately funded program for foster care students. The event was sponsored by the VHCC Educational Foundation and included an opportunity for local songwriters to showcase their talents, plus performances by local favorites like Annabelle’s Curse, If Birds Could Fly, and Folk Soul Revival.

(Above, left to right) Roger Cook, Mark D. Sanders, Tony Arata, and Dennis Morgan shared the stage for a 90-minute concert that included performances of their top-selling hits and the stories behind their songs. (Right) One of the highlights of the evening was when U.S. Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia joined Richard Leigh on stage during the performance. Senator Kaine’s wife, Anne Holton, oversees the Great Expectations Program for Virginia’s Community Colleges.

Grant Funded Scholarships 6%

Financial Aid & Scholarships More than $6.3 million in financial aid was distributed to VHCC students this year to help pay for tuition, books, and living expenses while enrolled. The majority of aid was provided through federal sources like the Pell Grant Program, the Work-Study Program, and programs for U.S. Veterans. A variety of scholarships were also provided through state funding, private contributions and grants to assist the unemployed, underemployed and Virginia’s tobacco-farming families. About 65 percent of all program-placed VHCC students receive some form of financial aid.

Foundation Scholarships 2%

State Aid 12%

Federal Aid 80%

Triplets Katelyn, Jessica and Megan Cox are all attending VHCC for free, thanks to the Washington County Community Scholars Program funded by the Virginia Tobacco Commission. The program covers tuition for students who give back to the community by volunteering during their high school years. The sisters earned their scholarships by serving Feeding America, the Bristol Public Library, and Wonder Kids Therapeutic Equestrian Center.

Budget Statement Fund Balance from Prior Year (State Funds) General Fund - State Appropriations Tuition & Fees Community Education & Public Service, non-credit classes Miscellaneous Revenue Localities Appropriations (City of Bristol, Smyth Co., Washington Co.) Grants For Sponsored Programs Special State Support to Replace/Upgrade Classroom Equipment/Technology Auxiliary Operations Commissions TOTAL REVENUES AND OTHER ADDITIONS

$583,200 6,527,380 6,322,343 216,852 22,740 165,917 4,361,147 178,706 133,670 $18,511,955

Instruction $6,642,878 Community Services 116,982 Academic Support 2,227,054 Student Services 1,173,453 Institutional Support 1,985,318 Operation and Maintenance of Plant 1,025,056 Fund Balance (Allocated for Ongoing Projects) 377,069 Allocated For Restricted Purposes (grants, equipment, technology, capital projects) 4,964,145 TOTAL EXPENDITURES AND FUND BALANCE $18,511,955

Tuition $9,919

Serving the Region

Average 4-year public institution


In-state tuition and fees at VHCC

The information above compares the cost of attending for one year and taking 15 credits each semester. The in-state rate at VHCC is $133 per credit, but a special rate has also been established for residents of nearby Sullivan and Johnson counties in Tennessee.

Virginia Highlands Community College was established in 1967 by the State Board for Community Colleges and assigned a service region that includes Washington County, the western portion of Smyth County, and the City of Bristol, Virginia. The service region was established to fulfill Virginia’s community college mission of making quality, affordable higher education available to every resident of the Commonwealth within a 30-minute drive.

College Board Appointed by the City of Bristol Ms. Susan O. Long Mr. Ronald Morgan Appointed by Smyth County Ms. Kimberly R. Clark Mr. Bill Rush Appointed by Washington County Mr. Gary W. (Bo) Catron Mr. Thomas (Tom) M. Hicok Mr. Tony Miller Mr. Virgil C. Wimmer, Vice Chair Mr. Tom Counts of Washington County also served as a valued member of the VHCC Board from 2010 until his death in September 2012. We gratefully acknowledge his service to the college and to our community.

Mr. James F. Rector, Jr., Chair Appointed by City of Bristol

Educational Foundation Board

Ms. Carol Jones Chair

Ms. Mary Begley Ms. Regina Belcher Mr. Jess Carter Mr. Philip Cavatoni Mr. James M. Cole Mr. Dale Cook Mr. William Davis Ms. Christine Fields Mr. Bobby F. Griffin Mr. Bill Hagy Mr. George Helms IV Dr. Carla Keene, Vice Chair

Mr. J.W. Kiser Ms. Roberta Looney, Secretary Mr. Tal McBride Mr. Joe Mitchell Mr. Matthew Owens Ms. Stacey Pomrenke Dr. Ron Proffitt Mr. James Rector, Jr., Dr. John B. Roberts Jr. Mr. Bill Rush Mr. Mike Spiegler

Virginia Highlands Community College Dedicated to Students. Committed to Excellence. P.O. Box 828 • Abingdon, VA • 24212 • 276.739.2400 • •

This report was compiled by Anne Dunham of the Office of Public Relations • No state funds were used to print this report. VHCC promotes and maintains educational opportunities without regard to race, color, sex, ethnicity, religion, gender, age (except when age is a bona fide occupational qualification), disability, national origin, or other non-merit factors. This institution prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence.

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