Monday, July 29, 2013

Germanna to offer classes at UMW's Dahlgren campus

Germanna Community College will begin offering classes in partnership with the University of Mary Washington at UMW’s Dahlgren campus for the fall 2013 semester on Tuesday, Aug. 20 as part of a pilot program to gauge interest.

The first three classes Germanna will offer at Dahlgren are Calculus with Analytic Geometry 1, Calculus with Analytic Geometry 2 and Introduction to Engineering.

 “Germanna is continuously seeking new ways of responding to the educational needs of area active duty members of the armed services, veterans, and their families,” said GCC Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Services Ann Woolford.

 “Hundreds of potential students at the various Dahlgren installations would find the UMW Dahlgren campus accessible and convenient,” Woolford said, “Germanna is exploring how it may offer these students meaningful college programs designed to meet their specific needs. To that end, we are exploring several options of program delivery, including online, hybrid, and face- to-face classes leading to a certificate or degree.”

The three classes  are part of the college’s Engineering curriculum. Students who earn an Associate of Science degree in Engineering at Germanna and transfer to a four-year college or university  are on a less expensive path to  a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering. Dr. Davyda Hammond, Germanna’s Engineering Department chair said.

 Because Germanna has guaranteed admission articulation agreements with both the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech,  Hammond said: “If you get at least a ‘B’ in all your engineering and science and math classes at GCC and an overall GPA of 3.2, you’re guaranteed admission into the schools of engineering at  U.Va. and Virginia Tech. They get so many applications at Tech that automatically knowing you’re getting in is a real advantage.”

Germanna Recruiter Kimberly Viarella will present information sessions for potential students on Wednesday, July 31 at the Dahlgren campus.

1500 - 1600     Assistance with application and admission paperwork for Aug. 20, 2013 classes

1600 -  1700   Overview of Germanna programs.

1700 - 1800     Germanna representatives will answer questions and accept unofficial transcripts.

For more information, call Germanna Recruiter Viarella at 540-834-1961 or email her at

The UMW Dahlgren Campus Center for Education and Research opened in January 2012, and is designed to support the continuing educational and professional development of the region’s engineers, scientists, and administrative professionals by providing educational programs, services, and leased facilities to the Naval Support Activity South Potomac commands, defense contractors, and the professional community.

 The center is located at 4224 University Drive in King George County.


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