Latest from Jax, Huntsville and Chattanooga campuses

Jun 29, 2011

Culinard has tall, white toques and flaming masterpieces. Cosmetology has dazzling hair styles. But Virginia College instructor Berry Smith wanted something eye-catching for his Network Engineering classroom in Jacksonville, so he challenged his students to take a crack at it.

The result was an "aquarium computer," a bubbling box of eye candy that's getting plenty of attention outside the classroom, like TV exposure on Jacksonville's News 4. Program Director Smith and computer student Rosalynn Donaldson joined morning host Staci Stamos for a live appearance with the fully-operational aquatic contraption, and did an outstanding job.

First, there was clay.

While the 3D Imaging and Animation program at Virginia College in Huntsville teaches artistic expression through electronic media, sometimes you just can't beat clay for character modeling. The class is taught by Raven Hood, a sculptor who has worked with both Disney and The Jim Henson Company.

The Huntsville campus also recently hosted local Army and National Guard recruiters to discuss ways they can work together, including the ASVAB Tutoring Program.

The program, already adapted at several other Virginia College campuses, tutors recruits and current soldiers to improve test scores on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). Various scores on the ASVAB are required for entry and promotion in all military branches.

The ASVAB Tutoring Program is facilitated by the Military Student Center, a multifunctional organization serving military personnel at Virginia College, Golf Academy of America, Ecotech Institute, and the online programs of Virginia College. These career colleges are owned and operated by Education Corporation of America (ECA).

Good boss.

B.O.S.S., the student group at Virginia College School of Business and Health in Chattanooga (for Business Administration, Office Administration, & Salon Management students), recently raised over $730 at a rummage sale for the disaster relief charity ShelterBox.

The event was spearheaded by student Gary Duncan and sponsored by Program Director Sarah Gore and instructor Robin Gawne.