News from Virginia College campuses

Sep 23, 2011

Pensacola: A recent Pensacola News Journal article featured Career Services Director Michelle Sims discussing appearance and attire for job interviews. Ms. Sims' comments begin on page three.

Speaking of Pensacola and job hunting, the Virginia College Career Services team there is sponsoring the first-ever P.R.I.D.E. seminar event on campus Saturday, October 8 from 8 am until 3 pm. It's open to all job hunters and will feature workshops led by senior leaders to help improve vital job-seeking skills: Professionalism, Resume, Interviewing skills, Dress and Etiquette.

To find out more, email Michelle Sims, Career Services Director.

Huntsville: Therapeutic massage students are learning to connect a good massage with beautiful surroundings. Led by their instructor, Brandy Adams, they recently visited scenic Monte Sano Mountain and performed chair massages for visitors of the park.

Richmond: Allied Health PD Dorothy Butler and Therapeutic Massage PD Karen Hobson led efforts for a recent health fair.

Employees were greeted with healthy snacks prepared by the campus café followed by blood pressure checks, glucose testing, cholesterol checks and vision screenings—all performed by Medical Assistant student volunteers. Therapeutic Massage students assisted employees in releasing the day's stress with complimentary chair massages.

Meanwhile, Richmond students have published their first edition of a student newsletter with articles about culinary externships, Career Services and a call for creative writers. The next newsletter is already in production and expected to come out shortly after the fall start this October.

Austin: A recent Career Fair was successful. More than 140 students spoke with first-time employer attendees such as Legalzoom, Travis County, Allied Barton Security, Express Personal, Central Texas OB/Gyn, Bexar County Medical Society and VC Healthcare Reimbursement Services. Other employers represented included H.E.B, CVS, Hill Country Care Providers, AGE and Texas Blood and Tissue Center.

Columbia: Tiffany Walters of the American Red Cross of Central South Carolina recently gave Surgical Technology students a tour of one of their facilities and explained how blood is prepared, processed and distributed after donations. The facility processes up to 500 units of blood every day and never closes.