The Southern Highlands of Virginia Appalachian country is where students find themselves attending classes at VHCC, a two-year college known for the breathtaking vistas on campus as well as its commitment to practical education for local residents. Founded in the late-1960s, when it began offering technical classes to a few hundred students, Virginia Highlands Community College has blossomed into a 100-acre plus campus with over 3,000 students and 100 permanent faculty members in classrooms annually.
Students at VHCC can complete the initial two years of a baccalaureate degree or train for a career directly in one of the hands-on programs. In the Liberal Arts Department, students can start working on a bachelor’s degree in Pre-Law, Music, Religion, Psychology and other majors, or just lay down the foundations with a general education before transferring to complete the degree at a 4-year institution. VHCC also offers a number of programs for students who wish to begin the process of becoming a teacher.
In the Business and Information Technology Department, students can work directly to master a trade and begin a career or complete the first half of their bachelor’s degree studies. Students can train in Accounting, Business Administration, Health Information Technology, Web Design, Information Systems Technology and more.
VHCC students can also pursue a career in nursing through the Virginia Appalachia TriCollege program. Combining seminars in the classroom and entry into the real world of nursing, this program is one of the most challenging offered at VHCC. Other popular programs of study at VHCC include the Science and Horticulture Program as well as the Engineering and Industrial Tech course of study.
Accreditation for the associate degree curriculum at VHCC comes from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges. In addition, specific programs at VHCC receive individual accreditation, including the Nursing Program (from the Virginia State Board of Nursing), the Radiography Program (from the Joint Review Commission on Radiography Ed) and EMS Tech Curriculum (by the Allied Health Committee on Accreditation).