Virginia College news from Shreveport, Columbus and Jackson

Aug 6, 2012

Virginia College in Shreveport, one of the system's newest campuses, held its inaugural student orientation in early July. Classes started several days later.

Campus President Lisa Ramirez and Director of Admissions Mark Godfrey (pictured at the front of the classroom) led the orientation. Two guest speakers from the community, Ebru Waters and Stephen Hampton, also spoke to the group.

Meanwhile in Shreveport, the "Ark-La-Tex Idol" contest was held in July and promised the winner a guaranteed audition with American Idol producers. Virginia College was front and center (as pictured, its sign was seen above the stage inside the Pierre Bossier Mall). Mark Godfrey spoke to the crowd before the event.

Recently, the Columbus campus won the annual "Beauty School of the Year" award at an event hosted by Horace Empowerment. Four other established cosmetology schools in the community were nominated. Nearly 200 people attended the event, including Congressman Sanford Bishop and other elected officials. The nomination and votes were from individuals within the community.

Above, students and faculty from the Virginia College Cosmetology program enjoy a moment together at the awards event.

At a recent news conference in Jackson, Miss., Education Corporation of America's CEO Tom Moore and Virginia College Campus President Milton Anderson announced plans to move the Jackson school a larger, 65,000 square-foot campus facility located at 5841 Ridgewood Road.

Pictured above, left to right: Milton Anderson, City Councilman Quentin Whitwell, Mayor Harvey Johnson, Jr. and Tom Moore.

"It's a pleasure to announce our new location in Jackson today," said Moore. "We have signed a 15-year lease because of our confidence in a continued bright future serving the students and employers in Jackson, Hinds County and Mississippi with a first-class facility and team."

The new campus represents an investment of $5.1 million in construction, furniture, equipment and signage costs. Renovations are scheduled to begin this summer with the new campus opening in April 2013.

"The students, faculty and staff are eager to move to our new campus," said Anderson. "The transition to a larger and better-equipped campus will improve the programs offered to our students and help us better serve employers who hire our graduates. We are continuing our commitment to be an outstanding corporate citizen here in the city of Jackson."