ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Virginia Western Community College has announced plans to provide a full array of in-person classes for the upcoming Fall Semester, starting on Aug. 23, 2021.

Open enrollment for new students begins on May 10, and on April 21 for returning students on the college’s website.

The college will provide in-person classes with social distancing in place, adhering to guidelines from the Governor’s Office, the Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The college is also announcing that it will provide a mixture of online and remote learning formats along with online advising services for students who do not choose to attend on campus.

“We are thrilled to be able to welcome more students back to our beautiful campus this fall for in-person classes. We have learned a great deal throughout the pandemic about the west ways to deliver high-quality instruction online. At the same time, we know that many of our students learn best when they are in a classroom on campus. With the changing health and safety guidelines, we are now able to offer the best of both worlds. And now, many students can attend for free!”

Dr. Robert H. Sandel, Virginia Western President

Also, new funding from the state’s G3 program, the Re-Employing Virginian’s (REV) campaign and other initiatives mean many students can begin the education and training they need for high-demand career fields free.

Gov. Ralph Northam signed legislation recently for his “Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back” initiative – known as G3. The $36 million program allows community college tuition to be tuition-free for an estimated 36,000 low and middle-income students who are pursuing jobs in high-demand fields.

For more information about this program at Virginia Western, click here.

Some of the funding is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis when available, so students are urged to apply for the G3 initiative sooner, rather than later.