A lap around the Virginia College system

Jun 17, 2011


Robin Failey was in need of inspiration and Damon Fordham needed someone to inspire.

That's all it took when Failey, a student at Virginia College in Charleston, took Fordham's Reading and Learning Framework class. She quickly learned that her instructor was a history educator and a storyteller with two books to his credit, "True Stories of Black South Carolina" (2008) and the recently-published "Voices of Black South Carolina."

Failey, a Medical Assistant student, was so inspired that she recently completed a "storyboard" display about Fordham's life and accomplishments which hangs in the library.

Instructor Fordham says he enjoys hearing how he has helped students. "Anyone who is anyone in life got that way from being inspired by someone else," he said.

Meanwhile, Charleston's campus recently started partnering with the Army Reserves and the U.S. National Guard to help recruits and current soldiers improve test scores on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). Captain David Gomez, U.S. Army Recruiting Commander for the Tri-County area, said Virginia College in Charleston is "Charleston's best kept secret" because of this program.

Similar programs have recently launched at other Virginia College campuses--including Chattanooga, Huntsville, Jacksonville, and Macon--through the Military Student Center, a multifunctional organization serving military personnel at ECA-owned career colleges.

Student Government Association (SGA) members at Virginia College in Baton Rouge volunteered at Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital recently. They shared their time and talents by making arts and crafts, playing Wii games and bringing smiles to young patients.

In Chattanooga, the Virginia College School of Business & Health campus held a successful blood drive in conjunction with Blood Assurance. Twenty five pints of whole blood were donated. Read all about it here.

Students and faculty of Virginia College in Macon recently volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House of Central Georgia, allowing family members of hospital patients to come home to freshly-baked brownies, vacuumed floors and tidy surroundings.

"I love to volunteer," said student Joann Harper. "It feels good to be able to help families. It makes you grateful what for you have at home. I only wish we could do more to help."

The students also assisted with the annual Coliseum Rock & Rollman Triathlon charity event, sponsored by McDonald House of Central Georgia and Georgia MultiSports.

The Career Services team at the Greenville campus celebrated career week with a Career & Volunteer Fair. They had approximately 150 students meet with representatives from 12 local companies.