PVCC to hold information sessions, open house, in Greene

Piedmont Virginia Community College is hosting free information sessions for prospective students its new Greene County campus and an open house for the community.

The campus, named the Eugene Giuseppe Center in honor of a former primary school principal and coach, is located on the second floor of the Greene County Library building at 222 Main Street in Stanardsville.

It is not necessary to make an appointment for the information sessions, which are scheduled between the hours of 4 pm and 7 pm on Wednesday, June 27, Wednesday, July 11, and Wednesday, July 25.

The community open house will be held at the Center on Wednesday, August 15, from 4 pm until 7 pm.

At all information sessions, PVCC staff will be available to provide assistance with registering for fall semester classes. Information about PVCC’s programs of study, financial aid, tutoring and other resources and services will also be available.

It was just two years ago that Clarence “Buggs” Peyton, current chairman of the Greene County Board of Supervisors, announced that the county was finalizing plans with PVCC and the Fried Companies Inc. to open a satellite campus on the second floor of the library building.

Construction on the library building was completed in 2003, but the second floor space had remained vacant – and unfinished — until FCI stepped forward, offering to help finish the space for PVCC, and instigating a grass roots effort to see the project to completion.

The county drew up a lease that offered the college the space for $1 per year, William Monroe High School architectural students drew an initial floor plan for the 14,000-square foot space, and FCI – working from the basic plan students designed – set about getting cost estimates.

County supervisors passed a resolution in support of the project, FCI kicked off fund-raising efforts with a $250,000 contribution to the project. Thousands more were raised and grant applications were written. But it was the half-million dollar donation made by Giuseppe’s widow, Ethyle, in his honor that enabled the project’s completion, along with the establishment of a scholarship fund for Greene County residents.

Mark and Barbara Fried of FCI are also honored, as the Center’s community meeting room is named for them.

For more information on the Greene campus, log on to www.pvcc.edu/greene. For more information on classes and registration, see class schedule search page, and watch for a copy of PVCC’s printed Fall 2012 Credit Class Schedule which will be mailed in mid-June to households and businesses in Greene County, Albemarle, Buckingham, Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Louisa and Nelson.


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