Established in 1958 as the New River Vocational-Technical School, the current New River Community College is located in New River Valley, Southwest Virginia. In the 1960s the school came under jurisdiction of the Virginia Community College System. New River Community College helps students prepare for the future with a variety of college transfer and career programs. By placing an emphasis on maintaining small class sizes and superior faculty and staff, NRCC assures students have plenty of assistance academically, and opportunities to participate in community and extracurricular activities. This Virginia Community College has received praise for being a top secondary education institution by prominent publications and been the recipient of national awards.
Students at NRCC have over 40 degree, diploma and certificate programs of study to choose from. Study options and classes are available on a flexible schedule including full-time and part-time options, night and day classes, and on-campus an off-campus courses. Coursework may be completed during either of the two regular term academic semesters, or during the NRCC summer session. Many New River students go on to transfer to fine 4-year colleges and universities. For students who are returning to gain job skills or make change careers, or even recent high school graduates working part or full time jobs, or experiencing other scheduling difficulties, NRCC offers a Distance Education program. Students in this program may set their own schedule, for the most part, and participate in telecourses, and telelectures, audio, mixed media, computer, software, internet and web based instruction, and live two-way interactive instruction.
One of NRCC’s new groundbreaking programs is that of Video Game Technology at the Valley Mall site. Another popular choice, the Computer Aided Design Programs, features a 1,600 sq-ft CAD Lab, also at Valley Mall in Christiansburg, VA. Other programs fall into two main categories, the Division of Arts & Sciences, and the Division of Business & Technologies. Areas of study include art & photography, nursing, communication studies & theater, human services, early childhood development, business management, administration of justice, paralegal studies, marketing and welding. Transfer programs are available for students studying business administration, education, engineering, general studies, liberal arts, and science.
New River Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate’s degrees.