Virginia College news from Austin, Jackson and Jacksonville

Jun 8, 2012

Austin: Staff and students volunteered to serve 331 homeless persons at Caritas of Austin during the campus's "We Serve" week. Food donations were also collected and delivered to the Caritas food bank.

Caritas of Austin provides services to those experiencing poverty, linking them to resources to achieve self-sufficiency.

Above, left to right (top row): students Crystal Zerbe and John McIntosh. Bottom row: students John Gottsch and Sherell Johnson, Caritas Development Associate Emmanuel Tomes, Virginia College instructor Patrick Polk and student Elizabeth Thomas. In the photo at right, student Shantilla Spruill washes up before serving.

Virginia College at Austin had a ribbon cutting recently to celebrate the new Respiratory Care program and lab. Attendees included members of the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce, the Austin Chamber of Commerce and the local business community. Visitors enjoyed refreshments and a tour of the school including a demonstration of the SimMan, a fully functioning human model that can reflect a patient's reactions and medical conditions.

Jackson: Soon, Virginia College in Jackson will have a new campus in Jackson, a renovation of an existing building that will improve efficiency, add jobs and accommodate more students.

The move into the old Brookshire's building on Ridgewood Road, a $5.1 million investment, is scheduled for next April.

"Our students are here in Jackson, and I think we can be one of those (places) that can bring economic value (back) to the city," said Milton Anderson, Campus President. "We decided to put our foot down and stay."

Because of the expanded course offerings, he says up to 30 positions will be created at the new campus, which can serve up to 1,000 students at a time.

Jacksonville: Campus President John Schuman hosted the FAPSC (Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges) meeting recently at Virginia College in Jacksonville. Mr. Schuman is seen above with FAPSC Executive Director Kathy Mizereck.