Second Chances: Nathalie Warren

Nathalie WarrenDespite entering the foster care system at age 13, Nathalie Warren, 21, is one of the lucky ones. She was legally adopted, along with her younger brother, by her first permanent placement family. The memories of the day she was taken are still painful though.

“The difficult times have made me a stronger person,” she says “I’m more protective of people. The day we were taken, I couldn’t hug my little brother or anything. My little sister went to a different home. It made me feel like I want to be a role model for kids in foster care.”

When Nathalie first came to Blue Ridge in Fall 2012, she had a less than stellar academic start. She was at another low point in her life and personal relationships, and not really focusing on school. After entering the Great Expectations program, an initiative of the Virginia Community College System which expands educational opportunities for youth aging out of the foster care system, Nathalie was able to turn things around. Continue reading

Second Chances: Cathy Edwards

The School of Hard Knocks Meets the School of Second Chances

Almost every student at Blue Ridge has a story. It isn’t always obvious by looking at them, but the path many took to get here was fraught with obstacles and stumbling blocks, with financial hardship or severe illnesses, with loss or setbacks and personal sacrifice in all forms. Life has thrown them many curves, but here at BRCC, they’ve found a home and the support needed to pursue their passions with renewed purpose.

Cathy Edwards

Cathy EdwardsCathy Edwards’s life changed forever in a doctor’s office in 1992. Her young daughter was undergoing testing because she exhibited symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. When her family physician could not determine the cause, further testing at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago revealed a devastating diagnosis: Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia.

“I was in a world of disbelief,” Cathy says. “It was a long time before I could really accept it. I was in denial. I kept saying, ‘We’re going to bring her home and she’s going to be okay.’” Continue reading

Extended Registration Hours for Spring 2015

Extended office hours for advising and in-person registration:

  • Friday, January 2:  8:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, January 5 – Tuesday, January 6: 8:15 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 7:  8:15 -10 a.m./1 – 6:30 p.m. (offices closed 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
  • Thursday, January 8:  8:15 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, January 9: 8:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 10: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Web registration is also available for most students; new students need to complete an admissions application.

Appalachian Heritage Arts Evening with The Steel Wheels a Success

The Steel Wheels in concert at BRCC

For some, it was “Girls Night Out.” Others came from afar or just passing through, while others were from down the road a piece. Some learned about it months ago; others heard about it mere hours before the concert began. One thing is for certain: all 900+ in attendance at The Steel Wheels concert enjoyed a picture-perfect Valley “almost fall” evening of great Americana music. Continue reading

Welcome Week 2014

All Week

Open play corn hole, disc golf, volleyball.

Monday 8/25

  • 10 a.m.-noon:  “Be Calm & Get Fit”, Rec Center (Complete 4 fitness activities for giveaways.)
  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Music by DJ Derek Frye, Campus Commons
  • 11 a.m.-2  p.m.: Therapy Dogs, Library
  • Noon-2  p.m.: FREE pizza and giveaways Campus Commons

Tuesday 8/26

  • 10-11 a.m.: Drunk Driving simulator-VA State Police, P/T Courtyard
  • 11 a.m.-1  p.m.: FREE sno-cones/College bingo, Plecker Patio
  • 1-1:45  p.m.: Mountain Heritage Cloggers, Black Box-V135
  • 2-3  p.m.: Pottery demonstration, T Bldg. Bridge
  • 3-3:45  p.m.: Mountain Heritage Cloggers, Black Box-V135

Wednesday 8/27

ALL DAY Spirit Day-Wear your BRCC pride for door prizes BRCC Campus

  • 10 a.m.-noon: FREE cookies & coffee, Coffee Corner
  • 11 a.m.-1  p.m.: FREE popcorn, Plecker Patio
  • Noon-2  p.m.: Chin Hamaya Daiko Drumming/Dance, Campus Commons

Thursday 8/28

  • 9 a.m.-4  p.m.: Free snacks and KEY card Student Activities  (Complete an information “tour” for prizes.)
  • 10-11 a.m.: Drunk Driving simulator-VA State Police, P/T Courtyard
  • Noon-2  p.m.: FREE hot dogs and drinks, Plecker Patio
  • Noon-3  p.m.: “Be Calm & Get Fit”, Rec Center (Complete 4 fitness activities for giveaways.)
  • 1-2  p.m.: Blue Ridge Mountain Dulcimer Players, Black Box-V135
  • 3-4  p.m.: Blue Ridge Mountain Dulcimer Players, Black Box-V135

Friday 8/29

7 a.m.-noon FREE snacks at all Information Tents