Virginia Intermont College is pleased to announce that the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission (the Tobacco Commission) awarded the College a $50,000 grant at its meeting on October 30. The money will be used to help develop Intermont’s new higher education program in Buchanan County, Va.
“We are extremely pleased with this award,” said Dr. Stephen Greiner, president of Virginia Intermont College. “Certainly we have a number of people to thank for it. We’re grateful the Tobacco Commission is sharing in our vision of bring four-year professional degrees into that area.”
Virginia Intermont began looking for a permanent site in Buchanan County earlier this year. An agreement with the Buchanan County School Board has allowed the College to use the former Garden Elementary School building and grounds for classes that will begin in January 2003. The Tobacco Commission’s award will be used to establish a computer lab in the building and to defray some of the costs involved in necessary renovations.
VIC plans to begin offering its Interdisciplinary Studies program at the Garden site in January; that program leads to a bachelor’s of science and certification as a teacher for grades PREK-6. The College’s organizational management degree may also be available in January. By August 2003, Intermont hopes to begin classes at the site with degrees in social work and criminal justice. Computer information management may also be available at that time.
“We believe we will be able to serve Buchanan, Russell, Tazewell, and Dickenson counties effectively from this site,” Dr. Greiner said.
There will be an information meeting for the public on Tuesday, November 5, on the second floor of the Garden Elementary School from 5-7p.m. Representatives from the teacher preparation, organizational management, criminal justice and social work programs will be available to answer questions. Anyone attending the meeting needs to park on U.S. 460.