BRCC, Weyers Cave, VA – A shared goal of providing residents of Waynesboro and the surrounding region with access to support for higher education and training, has led to today’s opening of the Blue Ridge Community College Online Outpost.
Waynesboro Mayor, Terry Short Jr, commented, “If we are to achieve many of the goals identified in our Comprehensive Plan, it will require identifying and committing to opportunities that not only support the growth of our existing and prospective businesses, but support members of our community through 21st century education and skill set development resources. It is our hope that the BRCC Online Outpost, and GO Virginia initiative will align with these objectives quite nicely. Conveniently located in our downtown, these 21st century educational resources will serve to empower residents from across our region, and set the stage for building the new Waynesboro economy. It’s time to believe in Waynesboro.”
Located at 110 North Wayne Avenue, the facility offers information about BRCC programs and services, and assistance applying, enrolling in classes, placement testing, as well as internet access for those taking online classes with BRCC. Cyber Security company, GreySurf, will occupy the second floor of the building.
“The increased emphasis on technology and distance learning coursework in higher education has left people with limited broadband services with few options for accessing continuing education and community college programs. We believe that the Online Outpost in Waynesboro will provide residents in the surrounding regions with excellent opportunities to enroll in BRCC distance learning coursework and to enjoy more convenient opportunities to access BRCC services,” explained BRCC President, Dr. John Downey. He added, “Through the GO Virginia project, residents will have access to in-demand career training in the high tech field of cybersecurity. We are grateful for our partnerships with the Commonwealth of Virginia and the City of Waynesboro to provide these wonderful programs to the citizens of Waynesboro and Augusta County.”
“We appreciate the confidence of the General Assembly and the Region 8 and State GO Virginia Boards for funding these two initiatives,” said Greg Hitchin, Waynesboro Director of Economic Development and Tourism.
A state budget amendment offered by Delegate Dickie Bell, R-Staunton, helped provide start-up funds for the initiative.
The Online Outpost will be open Monday-Thursday, 10 am-7 pm, and Friday’s noon-4:30 pm.