Virginia College news from around the system

Oct 19, 2012

The staff at Mobile's Virginia College campus kicked off its United Way campaign by volunteering their time with the Southwest Alabama division of Habitat for Humanity. The organization assists families in Mobile, Washington and Clarke counties who cannot afford housing in the community by providing means of new home construction, rehab and home repair programs.

Volunteers included Melissa Jimerson, Stephanie Jackson, Kolbi Wright, Carlos James, Lillie Johnson, Phyllis Hosey, Taronya Jackson, Christopher Coker, Ashley Sylvester, Terrance Hunter, Beth Henry, Conar Rochford and Jonathan David.

Virginia College in Shreveport/Bossier City is pleased to announce the addition of a cosmetology program to its educational offerings, which will provide students with solid hands-on training related to the cosmetology industry.

"We are thrilled about adding the cosmetology program," said Campus President Lisa Ramirez. "We've had a positive response from area employers who are delighted that we are meeting a need for well-trained professionals in this field. Our new program will provide students with an exceptional learning environment and give them valuable hands-on experience."

Virginia College partners with Pivot Point International as a Member School to bring the best possible cosmetology training methods to its students. The Pivot Point Member School Program encompasses an all-inclusive cosmetology curriculum, delivered through a systematic, hands-on approach utilizing the most contemporary delivery methods available.

Recently, the Student Services team at the Spartanburg campus hosted a "What's the 411 Community Resources Info Fair," giving students one-on-one contact with local assistance resource options in the area.

Students interacted with community resource agencies, local vendors and campus organizations. They were also given the opportunity to register to vote.

Also in Spartanburg, the campus recently held their first Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) induction ceremony. PBL is the oldest and largest business student organization in the world.

Officers and new member inductions were symbolized by the lighting of candles. Each member was presented a pin, certificate and membership card.

The Greenville campus recently hosted a Friends and Family Open House to welcome new students for the fall and to celebrate current students. The faculty and staff provided tours and volunteered for the festivities. The Medical Assistant students provided a variety of health screenings.

The Chattanooga campus recently participated in the Chattanooga Fashion Week at Warehouse Row in Chattanooga.

Cosmetology students performed hair and makeup services on models on campus, then provided similar services during the fashion runway shows at night.

The students enjoyed the exposure to the fashion industry and were exposed to the work ethic required to be successful in it.

Students Danielle Cross and Brittany Johnson attended each night of the show and made excellent connections with industry professionals. Danielle was overheard saying, "The experience was truly priceless!"

Pictured: Front Row (L-R): Students Yolanda Geter and Kiara Hardaway.

Second Row (L-R): Students Ashlee Turner, Destiny Murphree, Sierra Griffin, Designer Madison Waldrop, Brittany Traylor, Lloyd Thompson and Nicole Henry; Educator Mattie Stokes.

Back Row (L-R): Educators Tonya Tomey and Tracy Haire; Students Shirley Hughes, Myrakle Taylor, Dominique Satterfield, Shalanda Jones and James Miller.