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VPCC’s Online Computer Science, Automotive Programs Honored

VPCC’s automotive program has been reaccredited. (Photo courtesy of VPCC)

HAMPTON — Virginia Peninsula Community College (VPCC) is celebrating a pair of honors, with its online associate program in computer science ranked in the top 25 in the country by TechGuide and the ASE Education Foundation reaccredited the college’s master automobile service technology program.

TechGuide, which according to its website, “provides actionable information to help readers make data-driven decisions on technology careers and training,” lists VPCC’s online associate program in computer science at No.22.

“It is an honor to be recognized for the hard work and high quality of instruction that goes into making our computer science students successful,” said Scott Stauble, dean of the STEM division at VPCC.

Colleges go through a thorough evaluation process, and numerous factors are considered, including tuition, student-to-faculty ratio, admission and graduation rates, and alumni success. TechGuide uses data from the National Center for Education Statistics to ensure the accuracy and reliability of its information.

TechGuide wrote in a press release: “This recognition highlights the excellence of your program and your unwavering commitment to academic excellence. By earning a place among the top 25 institutions providing exceptional educational opportunities, your program reaffirms its dedication to delivering outstanding education.”

Stauble praised Sally Schaffner, an instructor and head of the computer science department, “The computer science program, like all programs in the STEM division, strives to ensure students are prepared for their next steps. A huge congratulations to Professor Schaffner for her hard work in meeting this goal.”

Schaffner said her experience at the college has been rewarding.

“I enjoy working with the students and am happy to be able to help them achieve their career goals,” she said.

Find more on the rankings on the TechGuide website.

Automotive program reaccredited

The ASE Education Foundation reaccredited the college’s master automobile service technology program, VPCC said.

“A huge congratulations to Mark Burge and J.T. Tussing for their successful reaccreditation work and running a high-quality program,” Stauble said.

Burge, an instructor and head of the automotive program, said the program requires 1,200 hours of combined classroom and lab/shop activities. In addition, all the instructors must hold ASE certification in a number of areas.

“The STEM division at VPCC strives to offer our community top-notch technical education,” Stauble said. “This reaccreditation from ASE is a clear sign that we are meeting that goal and beyond.”

ASE stands for Automotive Service Excellence, and the ASE Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization that evaluates and accredits entry-level automotive technology education programs against standards developed by the automotive service industry, according to its website.

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