Established in 1967, Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) is a two-year community college located in historic Lynchburg, VA. As a community college, CVCC’s goal is to provide high-quality educational opportunities to a diverse population of students from all walks of life.
The college provides many different academic options. These options include transfer degrees, associate’s degrees, certificates, diplomas, and single courses or clusters of courses that are designed to meet the needs of people seeking to fulfill CEU requirements or simply pursue personal enrichment.
Students wishing to complete the first two years of a baccalaureate program in order to save a significant amount on tuition and stay closer to home may do so. There are several programs targeted at assisting students with this goal including Associate of Arts and Science degrees in the general subjects of liberal arts, general studies, and science.
For those people wishing to obtain an associate’s degree in order to advance their career options, start a new career or obtain a degree so that they may seek better employment, there are nearly 20 degrees with many different specializations available within the majors. Some of these programs include accounting, emergency medical services with either a fire science or paramedic specialties and culinary arts management.
Diplomas and Certificates
Diplomas and certificates allow people to obtain advanced education in their careers of choice, or obtain certification in order to start a paraprofessional career. There are nearly 30 programs from which to choose as well as specializations within the various programs. Some of these include cardiovascular sonography, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), photography and plumbing.
Finally, many state-regulated professional certifications require regular continuing education units, or classes that keep the professional current in the field. CVCC has classes that meet these needs. For people that simply want to take a class or two, there are numerous personal enrichment courses available as well.
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Admissions are open. Anyone that meets one of the following criteria is eligible to attend:
- Graduated from high school or earned a GED
- Did not graduate from high school but is at least 18 years of age and able to benefit from education
- Is transferring from an accredited college or university
- Is currently enrolled in high school, at least 16 years old and has parental and school permission to attend
Students meeting these criteria simply need to complete the online or paper application, apply for financial aid, speak with an admissions counselor, take placement testing and enroll. Tuition is due prior to starting class.
Certain health programs have special admission requirements. Students should consult the college catalog or contact the Counseling Center for information about programs of interest. Some programs with special admissions requirements include: Respiratory Therapy, Radiologic Technology, and Medical Laboratory Technology.
There are also several special enrollment situations. High school students may choose to dual-enroll in order to get a jump start on a college education. The college provides the opportunity for students who may not be able to attend traditional classroom courses to take online courses via their distance education program. The VA Senior Citizens Higher Education Act of 1974 allows people that are at least 60 years old to audit credit classes at no cost if they meet income guidelines.
Transfer students need to apply just as any other entering student does and may not be required to take the placement testing. Students transferring from another college need to know that at least 25% of credits need to be completed at CVCC in order to obtain a degree.
The college’s goal is to provide an education to all who can benefit from study. Towards that end, there are institutional, private and federal scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs available. Students who wish to apply for student aid need to begin the process by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that is available online beginning in January. Information for both the student and family is required so it’s necessary to have this information available in order to complete the application.
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Although there is not an organized athletics organization, there are many clubs and organizations so students may participate in groups that interest them while being active participants in the campus community. Some of these clubs are open only to specific students. An example of this is the Allied Health Club which is comprised of the Med Lab Club, the Radiology Club and the Respiratory Therapy Club. These are open only to students who have been accepted into the respective curricula. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is also open only to students who have achieved a high GPA and have completed at least 12 hours of credits.
There are, however, many student clubs that are open to anybody who is interested in the topic. Some of these include the Art Club, the Campus Freethought Club, the Drama Club and the Environmental Science Club. They welcome all members with a desire to meet others with like interests and share thoughts and activities pertinent to the club.
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