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VT Nat-Sci Expo to feature opportunities for students who want outdoor careers

The Virginia Highlands-hosted event aims to help area students start local and then transfer to the nation’s number one ranking natural resource and conservation university.

Post Date:02/15/2019 2:00 PM

Virginia Highlands Community College is ramping up efforts to host the first-ever VT Nat-Sci Expo Tues. March 5 from 5 to 7 pm in the VHCC Collins Student Center. Area high school students and parents will have the opportunity to learn how those who desire a career outdoors can start local and then transfer to Virginia Tech, the nation’s number one ranking natural resource and conservation university, according to USA Today College. 

“Parents are thrilled when they discover we have a direct curriculum pathway designed for transfer to Virginia Tech and the incredible natural resource career opportunities that follow,” said Meghan Coppenhaver, a VHCC college success coach. “Area students have a stellar undergraduate experience that begins with Virginia Highlands Community College and ends with Virginia Tech. And, parents save more than $16,000 in tuition costs alone by starting right here at home.” 

With transfer agreements in place, Virginia Highlands students who follow the approved curriculum pathway and maintain a 3.4 GPA will be able to transfer directly to Virginia Tech where they may pursue one of more than ten natural resource majors, ranging from environmental resource management and forestry to meteorology and wildlife conservation.

At the VT Nat-Sci Expo, parents and students will talk with state and federal agencies, including the Virginia Department of Conservation & State Parks, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the Canaan Valley Institute, learning career opportunities for natural science degrees. 

“For area high school students beginning to look to the future and who know they want a career outdoors, this is a unique opportunity,” said Dr. Stacy Thomas, VHCC Vice President of Instruction and Student Services. “We work diligently to provide our students with an excellent two-year foundation that includes hands-on, experiential learning designed to prepare them for success. In this instance, we’re talking about success at the nation’s top natural resource and conservation university.” 

A special expo session focusing on the transfer questions of current VHCC students will be offered from 1-3 pm, also in the Collins Student Center.

For more information about the VT Nat Sci Expo, contact Megan Coppenhaver at 276-739-2518.

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