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Career Pathways


This flexible degree serves students interested in either transferring to pursue a bachelor鈥檚 degree or obtaining skills to manage their own farm or farm business. Explore the vast world of agriculture through coursework in animal science, plant science, dendrology, agribusiness and other courses that YOU choose.

Arts & Communication

These programs prepare students for employment or further education in visual or performing arts or in visual communication fields such as graphic design, advertising, web design, and multimedia design.

Business & Hospitality

Pursue a career in culinary arts, hospitality management, accounting, administrative support, business management, office and health information management, marketing, or paralegal studies. Potential to earn industry certifications from accredited programs.

College & University Transfer

These programs are designed for students wanting to transfer to a four-year program, including social science students and future teachers.

Computer & Information Technology

These programs are for students looking to enter the fields of: information cyber security, networking, software design, data collection and manipulation, web applications, and mobile computing.


These programs provide four-year transfer options for those interested in Early Childhood Education and future teaching in K-12, as well as Career Studies Certificates for Early Childhood Development and Specialization of Infants and Toddlers.


Programs for those wishing to pursue careers in the fields of Dental Hygiene, Medical Lab Tech, Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiation Oncology, Radiography and Surgical Technology. Also offers Career Studies Certificates for LPN, CT & MRI Tech, and Phlebotomy.

Logistics & Transportation

This area is primarily for students seeking to obtain their Class A CDL for entry into the trucking industry. Also offered is the Motorcycle Safety Course.


This pathway is designed for students pursuing careers in applied engineering fields such as advanced manufacturing, process development and control, quality control, computer aided drafting and design, electronics design and repair, and machine installation. AAS degrees, Career Studies Certificates, and numerous industry recognized certifications available.

Public Service & Safety

These programs will prepare students for careers in areas such as early childhood education, human services, and criminal justice.

Science, Math & Engineering

These degrees prepare students for transfer into many different 4 year programs. Career oriented Science specializations include: Health Science, Biotechnology, Mathematics, Environmental Studies, Agriculture and Computer Science. Those interested in Engineering careers can choose the Engineering program or a specialization in Engineering Construction.聽

Skilled Trades

These programs are designed to provide students with the basic skills necessary to obtain entry level positions in fields such as carpentry, plumbing, electrical, welding, and general construction fields. Fast-track and evening opportunities available.

Personal Enrichment & Professional Development

Various non-credit courses for personal enrichment.

Not sure what you want to do? Picking the right program is the key to your success. Career Coach Online can help. Answer simple questions about your interests and goals, and Career Coach will match you with the best path for you.

Online Programs may provide the flexibility to fit education into a busy schedule. Online students have access to the same support services as students attending classes on Virginia Western.

Fast-Track Programs offer credit and non-credit courses for business and industry training, retraining and certifications, as well as courses for community and personal enrichment.