As Wytheville Community College (WCC) prepares for Fall Semester 2020, recent high school graduates in the Twin County area are reminded that they may qualify for the Twin County Community Foundation Community College Tuition Assistance Program.
This scholarship program, funded by the Twin County Community Foundation (TCCF), will pay for 50% of tuition and fee costs at WCC, after financial aid awards are applied, for up to five consecutive semesters after students graduate from Carroll County, Galax, or Grayson County High Schools with a “B” grade point average or above and who meet income guidelines. Students who are admitted to WCC’s Dental Hygiene, Medical Laboratory Technology, Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, or Practical Nursing Program and who have at least a “B” grade point average may receive 100% tuition coverage after other financial aid is applied.
“The TCCF Community College Tuition Assistance Program is a wonderful opportunity for recent high school graduates to begin their college careers,” said Dr. Rhonda Catron-Wood, WCC’s Vice President of Academics and Institutional Advancement. “With the ongoing uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, many students and their families may be concerned about students leaving home to attend residential colleges and universities. WCC offers most, if not all, of the same types of general education courses that are required for students at most four-year colleges at a much more affordable tuition rate. The TCCF Community College Tuition Assistance Program can help make the cost of college even more affordable.”
WCC will be offering general education courses in both the traditional 16-week semester format, as well as some in alternate 8-week sections.
“We know that numerous recent high school graduates completed some dual enrollment courses but may not have been able to complete an associate’s degree,” said Catron-Wood. “WCC’s fall schedule is designed to give students options for completing that degree, and the TCCF Scholarship and other financial aid opportunities help make WCC an excellent option for local students.”
Thanks to the TCCF and other scholarship programs and financial aid, WCC has consistently been ranked by the U.S. Department of Education as the most affordable public two-year college in Virginia, and one of the most affordable in the nation. Last year, WCC ranked tenth most affordable community college in the nation.
While most WCC courses will be offered online during Fall Semester, students will still have the opportunity to work with faculty and to interact with their peers. “Many online courses are being designed in a ‘hybrid’ format, with at least some lectures delivered through live Zoom meetings that will give students a chance to interact directly with faculty and other students in the class,” explained Catron-Wood. She noted that faculty will also be available to schedule individual calls or Zoom meetings with students as needed. “We know that generally students and faculty prefer face-to-face classes,” said Catron-Wood, “but the current environment doesn’t make that possible without putting both students and employees at risk.”
A limited number of health and occupational and workforce courses that require face-to-face instruction will be offered. These courses are being carefully planned in accordance with CDC Virginia Department of Health, and Executive Order guidelines.
“We understand that there are students who face challenges with internet access and technology resources,” said Dr. Dean Sprinkle, WCC President. “WCC has expanded WiFi access for students in parking lots at the Wytheville campus and at the Crossroads Institute in Galax, and most local public libraries also offer WiFi services. Additionally, we are working to try to help students in need obtain access to affordable laptops and the technology they may need.”
Catron-Wood noted that WCC has been offering online classes for many years and indicated that numerous faculty have had extensive training in how to best deliver online instruction. “WCC has incredibly caring faculty who are committed to helping students succeed,” said Catron-Wood. Additionally, WCC is expanding student support resources to help students through counseling, advising, and tutoring services. Students and prospective students are encouraged to schedule appointments by calling WCC’s 1Stop Office at 276-223-4825 if they have questions or want to learn more about available resources.
“The Class of 2020 has experienced unprecedented challenges, and WCC is honored to be able to partner with the TCCF to offer financial assistance to these graduates as they embark on their college careers,” said Sprinkle.
For more information about the TCCF Community College Tuition Assistance Program, contact Dan Havel, Program Manager, at 276-223-4719 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students may apply online at www.wcc.vccs.edu/scholarships. Additional information is also available online at www.wcc.vccs.edu/twin-county-community-foundation-scholarship-program.