Virginia Highlands Community College

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Coordinates: 36°41′57.3″N 82°0′5″W / 36.699250°N 82.00139°W / 36.699250; -82.00139

Virginia Highlands Community College
Type Public
Established 1967
President Dr. Gene Couch
Location Abingdon, Virginia, United States
Campus Rural
Mascot Wolf [1]

Virginia Highlands Community College is located in Abingdon, Virginia, United States. One of the 23 schools in the Virginia Community College System, the college was established November 30, 1967 to serve the residents of Washington County, western Smyth County, and the city of Bristol. Over 3,000 students are enrolled each semester. Dr. Gene Couch [2] is the current president and Joseph C. Straten [3] is the current chair of the board.


"Virginia Highlands Community College provides exceptional educational pathways to enrich lives and strengthen our communities."[4]


"Virginia Highlands Community College will be an educational institution of choice, empowering students, employees and community members to reach their fullest potential.[4]


The VHCC campus buildings include:[5]

  • OTC Building
  • LRC Building
  • ADM Building
  • MEC Building
  • ISC Building
  • NEB Building
  • GRN Building


  • Agricultural and Natural Resources Technology
  • Business Technology
  • College Transfer
  • Engineering and Industrial Technology
  • Health Technology
  • Public Service Technology
  • Workforce Development & Continuing Education

For more information on the programs within these categories, see the VHCC Student Handbook.[6]


In-state residents pay $149.25 per semester credit hour, out-of-state residents pay $345.85 per semester credit hour and students in the 30-mile radius pay $149.25 per semester credit hour.[7]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Doug Blevins, 1985, gained national recognition for coaching professional football's premier kickers from a motorized wheelchair; received the 2014 Outstanding Alumni Award from the American Association of Community Colleges[8]
  • Richard Leigh, 1973, songwriter; winner of a Grammy Award; has had eight No. 1 hits on the country music charts; received the 2011 Outstanding Alumni Award from the American Association of Community Colleges[9]

External links[edit]


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  6. ^ VHCC Catalog and Student Handbook - Curriculum/Program Requirements
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