The University of Virginia's College at Wise. Courtesy of UVa Wise.

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UVA Wise now accepting applicants for second cohort of business accelerator program

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise and Opportunity SWVA partners are now accepting applicants for the second cohort of enterpreneurs in its business accelerator.

The program is open to anyone in Southwest Virginia ready to transform their idea into a thriving business, said Blake Salyer, UVA Wise’s Ecosystem & Innovation Manager.

Participants can be business owners wanting to pivot to a new opportunity or someone with an idea who has never started a business. The next cohort begins February 23. Application deadline is January 26 and there is a $150 fee to cover materials. For more information, check out

From August to October 2022, the first eight-person cohort met three hours weekly, mostly online but also at UVA Wise’s Oxbow Center in St. Paul. Participants included UVA Wise students, alumni, staff and local residents from Scott, Wise and Dickenson counties. 

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Ferrum’s techer education program wins accreditation

Ferrum College was recently granted accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for its Teacher Education program with no stipulations or areas for improvement though 2029, according to a release from the school. CAEP accreditation assures future teacher ed majors at Ferrum they will graduate prepared to teach effectively.

The Ferrum College Education Department offers licensure at the elementary, middle, and high school levels; P–12 licensure in Physical Education; a Special Education endorsement at the elementary school level; and the only teacher licensure program in vocational agriculture by a private institution in Virginia. After students complete their program, they receive a license or certificate for the state where they want to teach.

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New River Community College to offer EMT certificate

Beginning in 2023, New River Community College will offer a new program, an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) career studies certificate. The 16-credit program consists of five courses that can all be completed in one semester. 

The new EMT program is designed to lead to entry-level employment opportunities in the emergency medical services field. The program prepares students to assess and care for patients at the basic life support (BLS) level. Students who successfully complete the required courses can sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians EMT certification exam. 

Program courses include HLT 105 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), EMS 111 Emergency Medical Technician, EMS 120 Emergency Technician—Clinical, BIO 141 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, and ENG 111 College Composition I.

The program is based on the Virginia EMS Education Standards (VEMSES) which are derived from the National EMS Education Standards (NEMSES). The EMT program is also approved by the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services. 

Classes begin January 23, 2023. A required American Red Cross basic life support (BLS) course will be held on Saturday, January 21.  For more information, including Virginia Department of Health eligibility requirements, visit or contact Sheila Hart in Admissions & Records at (540) 674-3600, ext. 4204 or