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Fall 2012 Magazine highlighting Blue Ridge Community College's programs and services.


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  • Dear Prospective Blue Ridge Community College Student,Im delighted youre considering Blue Ridge Community College as the place to

    embark on your higher education journey. In todays economy, a strong foundation in higher education is essential for success in the competitive workforce. Blue Ridge Community College is the place to acquire that strong foundation or to learn new skills in order to change careers. We have the highest quality faculty members and a dedicated staff, eager to help you achieve your dream career by making your academic planning simple and affordable.

    Blue Ridge is the type of college where youll be challenged academically, but where you will also learn the practical applications of the knowledge youll work hard to acquire. All of the employees at BRCC are dedicated to advancing the values of Learning, Excellence, Community Relationships, and Culture. At BRCC, these values arent just words on a page. We try to live them in everything we do! Well challenge you to employ the talents and skills youve already developed over the years to become an even better person, with improved skills for social, civic, and career success. As a student, youll become part of a culture we care about deeply. As a member of our community, we will expect you to contribute your talents and skills to make our college an even better place to learn and develop. Whatever the dream for your future, BRCC can help you get there!

    In addition to the exceptional and challenging academic program, we offer excellent opportunities to serve the community through volunteering, to participate in intramural sports, and to engage in a wide variety of clubs and organizations. If you dont consider yourself a leader already, we provide you the opportunity and skill set to become one. We encourage you to fully commit yourself to making the most of your college experience, whether you choose Blue Ridge Community College, as we hope you will, or any other institution of higher education.

    If, at any time during your process of selecting a college, we can answer questions or be of service to you, please dont hesitate to let us know. I look forward to the day when I see you on campus, and I can officially say, Welcome to Blue Ridge Community College!

    Cover Photo: Steve Maylone, courtesy Moseley Architects.

  • 3 nother way BRCC is helping to make college accessible is through our two off-campus centersin Harrisonburg and at Augusta Health in Fishersville. Both of these locations offer classes and have computer labs for students as well.

    Want to take classes on your own schedule? In your own home? Online courses may be a great fit for your busy schedule! BRCC also offers Friday and Saturday courses to help you take the classes you need, when you have time to take them.

    Weyers Cave (main) campus

    Augusta Center, fishersville

    The Harrisonburg Center



    & online!

    Were flexible!

    Online Classes

    Web Scripting LanguageIntro to E-CommercePrinciples of Information

    SystemsCareers and Cyber EthicsIntro to Computer ScienceDevelopmental PsychologyIntro to Human ServicesGroup DynamicsGerontologyHealth and NutritionNutrition and Human


    Survey of Criminal JusticeIntroduction to CorrectionsAdult DetentionBeginning SpanishIntro to PhilosophyEthicsPrinciples of MarketingUS HistoryWorld LitWestern Civilizations (two

    levels)Survey of EconomicsComputer Business


    Business LawInterpersonal DynamicsConcepts in SupervisionSmall Business

    ManagementPrinciples of

    ManagementBusiness StatisticsArt History and

    AppreciationApplied AccountingPrinciples of Accounting

    Classes Offered at BRCC Harrisonburg Center

    American LitEnglish LitCollege Composition

    Principles of EconomicsIntro to CommunicationIntro to BusinessFirst Aid/CPR

    Classes Offered at BRCC Augusta Center

    First Aid/CPRInformation LiteracyPrinciples of SociologyDevelopmental Psychology

    Abnormal PsychologyAnatomy and PhysiologyCollege CompositionDevelopmental English

    Information LiteracyMath for ArtsPrecalculus

    Medical TerminologyUS HistoryPrecalculus Elementary Statistics

    Business & AccouningManagement & Leadership

    CertificateHuman Resource EssentialsCustomer Service InstituteArtist Entrepreneur SeriesBusiness MathQuickbooks Intermediate Accounting

    ArtAcrylicsWatercolorDrawingDigital Photography &

    Image EditingPaintingComputer GraphicsCeramicsFundamentals of Design

    Other Highlighted Programs @ BRCC

    Mechanical DesignElectronicsMechanics of MaterialsEngineering GraphicsStrength of MaterialsTechnical and Machine

    DrawingArchitectural Drafting

    Nursing and Health CarePrincipals of Pharmacology

    (two levels)Nursing Principles and

    ConceptsClinical Medical AssistantPhlebotomyPharmacy Tech Certification

    Prep Course for VAMedical CodingPersonal Trainer CertificateMedical Billing and CodingFirst Aid/CPRPersonal and Community


    Vet TechVeterinary Medical

    TerminologyDomestic AnimalsIntro to Animal ScienceIntro to Vet AssistantIntro to Vet Tech

    Administration of JusticeReport Writing for Law

    EnforcementCrime Scene InvestigationCommunications for Law


  • Students Ride Free!

    The BRCC Shuttle offers free transportation for students from Rockingham and Augusta Counties, as well as the cities of Harrisonburg, Staunton, and Waynesboro. The shuttle makes attending classes possible for students with no transportation, temperamental vehicles, or handicaps that prevent them from driving. A valid College ID card is all that is required to use the shuttles for free.

    Shuttle ridership was up by 35 percent this January over the figures from January 2011, and with gas prices on the rise, it is anticipated that more students will utilize this service. For more route information, visit http://www.brcc.edu/services/shuttle/.

    Another way to lessen the cost of getting to BRCC is by using the BRCC Zimride ridesharing network. BRCC Zimride (zimride.brcc.edu) helps students connect with classmates and friends who are traveling in the same direction at the same time, and they can offer or request rides.

    Student Maria Murerwa has relied on the BRCC shuttle since her first day of classes more than two years ago, and rides everyday from her home in Harrisonburg. I use the shuttle because I dont have any other means of transportation, and plus, the shuttle is free and reliable, said the Rwandan native.


    Apply for Admission/Create Student Account To apply online go to the BRCC Admissions & Records website: http://www.


    If you have previously taken coursework at a Virginia Community College (including Dual Enrollment and Learning Can Be Fun classes), you have completed this step and will have an EMPLID number; if you do not remember it, please contact Admissions & Records at 540-453-2287 for assistance.

    Follow directions in the confirmation e-mail to log-in to your student account, access your username and create a password.

    Complete online FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) found at: www.fafsa.ed.gov.

    The FAFSA and BRCC Scholarship applications must be submitted by March 15th to be considered for BRCC Scholarships.

    For more information, visit the Financial Aid website: http://www.brcc.edu/financial_aid.

    Take the Placement Tests For information and test prep materials, visit: http://www.brcc.edu/


    You must bring a photo ID, your EMPLID number and your VCCS email address to the test session.

    Register for a Group Advising Session Intended for new students, entering fall semester.

    Session activities will include selecting a program of study, scheduling courses, and learning to use the Student Information Systems.

    For more information on dates and workshop registration, visit: www.brcc.edu/workshop.

    Apply for Financial Aid

    Just need a class or two?

    Apply to BRCC, then make an appointment with an Academic Advisor.

    Advisors are in the Houff Student Center and available by appointment Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30am to 4:30pm and Fridays from 8:30am to 2:30pm.

    To make an appointment with an Academic Advisor visit: http://www.brcc.edu/services/scheduler/.





    and many more!

    BRCC graduate D.J. Diehl had many options to consider after earning his degree here. He could have hit the working world at full speed with his associates degree, but he was persuaded to continue his education by transferring to Old Dominion. Since Blue Ridge offers satellite courses from Old Dominion, I was able to meet with some of the ODU faculty without actually traveling to the school. The transfer process was a breeze, and two years later, I was graduating with a bachelors degree in electrical engineering from ODU, D.J. says.

    If a four-year degree is your ultimate educational goal, BRCC is a great place to get started. Youll save so much money and time by getting those first two years of general education requirements under your belt before moving on. Nearly all four-year colleges and universities in Virginia, as well as some private institutions in the state, have transfer agreements with BRCC. Some, like ODU and JMU, even have degree specific articulation agreements with BRCC, so you can be assured that youll be admitted to the college of your choice, and that the courses taken here will transfer seamlessly therewherever there h