News from Huntsville, Savannah, Montgomery and Chattanooga

Apr 15, 2013

Fashion Week Alabama

Cosmetology students from Virginia College in Huntsville modeled, performed hair services, and applied make-up for the recent Fashion Week Alabama event held on campus.

The annual event raises money for The Studio, which provides services to transient, homeless, or travelling young people. Services include access to shelter, showers, laundry, food, clothing, job training and tutoring/mentoring to help clients improve living skills and school performance.

Virginia College in Savannah Friends and Family Event

Savannah: If you would like to see photos from the recent Friends and Family event, go to The Savannah Morning News web site.

Montgomery TM Program Director Kimberly Barker reported on a tenacious Virginia College student, Krystal Simington, who reported for exams just a week after having a baby.

The day before she delivered, Ms. Simington performed nine massages so she could finish her coursework before entering the hospital.

Now that's going the extra mile to get an education!

Virginia College in Chattanooga Critical Point Non-Hazardous Sterile Compounding Certificationn

Chattanooga: Pharmacy Technician students (left to right) Myriam Mieles, Betsy Layne and Stella Baylor were the first Virginia College recipients of the Critical Point Non-Hazardous Sterile Compounding Certification.

"This certification puts our students on a higher level than pharmacy technicians who only have their PTCB (Pharmacy Technician Certification Board) certification," said Lady Sonja Wilson-Green, Pharmacy Technology Program Director.

"Without this certification, most pharmacy technicians have to work a minimum of two years in a retail setting prior to being considered for the hospital setting. We are piloting this program for all Virginia College campuses. To my knowledge the closest program that offers this certification is University of Tennessee-Memphis."

According to Ms. Wilson-Green, future students who pass this certification will have the opportunity to leave our program with five certifications; PTCB, HIPAA, Sterile Compounding, Non-Sterile Compounding and Hazardous Sterile Compounding.