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New River Community College

New River Community College is a community college in Dublin, Virginia, United States, in the New River Valley of southwestern Virginia, one of 23 colleges in the Virginia Community College System.


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New River Community College (NRCC) is a community college in Dublin, Virginia, United States, in the New River Valley of southwestern Virginia, one of 23 colleges in the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). NRCC�s service region covers the counties of Montgomery, Floyd, Pulaski and Giles and the city of Radford. NRCC opened as New River Vocational-Technical School in 1959 and came under the jurisdiction of the VCCS in 1966. The school's name was changed in late 1969. In November of that same year, the newly named New River Community College broke ground in Dublin. Currently, the college has an average enrollment of approximately 5,000 students. The college is located on a 100-acre site in Dublin. The four-building campus provides modern, well-equipped facilities for vocational/technical programs as well as for university-parallel programs. The college also maintains a site at the New River Valley Mall in Christiansburg. The mall site is a state-of-the-art instructional site operating as a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Center. The college�s current president is Dr. Jack M. Lewis, who has served in that capacity since January 2000. Since 1974, he has provided leadership at NRCC in instruction, student services, distance learning, library and instruction support services, financial services and computing services. Lewis has been instrumental in making NRCC a leader in technology in the Commonwealth of Virginia. New River is located in close proximity to Virginia Tech and Radford University. The college holds transfer agreements allowing students to transition easily from studies at NRCC to four-year bachelor�s degree programs. The college also offers over 180 different distance education (DE) courses. Some degrees and certificates can be completed entirely through these courses. Students may access DE courses through the Internet, via teleconference or through one of NRCC�s dedicated distance learning classrooms or electronic lecture halls. In addition, NRCC has partnered with Old Dominion University's (ODU) Teletechnet program to offer several bachelor's and master's degrees for distance learners. ODU courses at NRCC are offered online or via satellite streaming. Linda Claussen is the Director of Distance Education. NRCC is also a leader in workforce development in its service region, providing credit and non-credit professional development classes, workshops, community interest classes, and adult education programs. Additionally, NRCC�s Office of Workforce Development works with local businesses to provide custom training and credentialing opportunities. NRCC is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of New River Community College.

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New River Community College, a member of the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), subscribes to the tenets set forth in the VCCS mission statement. This statement is as follows: The mission of the Virginia Community College System is to provide comprehensive higher-education and workforce-training programs and services of superior quality that are financially and geographically accessible and that meet individual, business, and community needs of the Commonwealth. To achieve this mission, the principles that guide Virginia�s community colleges are: to provide programs and courses of instruction, through the associate degree level, encompassing occupational-technical education, college transfer education, general education, developmental education, continuing education, and workforce development to offer a comprehensive program of student-development services to provide a broad range of instructional technologies, methods, materials, facilities, and instructional support services that accommodate students of varied backgrounds, interests, and abilities to create an educational environment that facilitates learning through a curriculum that broadens perspectives, leads to responsible citizenship, and sets standards that support the highest level of performance to serve as an important linkage between secondary education and four-year colleges and universities to enrich local communities, by making available resources in people, facilities, libraries and programming to take a leadership role in helping shape the future direction of their communities to enhance economic, cultural, and educational partnerships between the colleges and the communities they serve to ensure a healthy and safe environment on each campus to be fiscally responsible and accountable In addition, New River Community College believes that all people should have a chance not only to develop and extend their skills and knowledge, but also to increase awareness of their roles and duties as citizens. The college serves the educational needs of the public including both occupational/technical and college transfer courses. New River Community College assumes a responsibility to meet workforce development requirements in the New River Valley through a combined effort with local industry, business, professions, and government, including economic development efforts. The college is also dedicated to organizing programs with senior institutions as well as with those of local public school systems. New River Community College offers certificate, diploma, and associate degree programs. The college is also committed to assisting students with decisions concerning their occupational, educational, and personal goals.