Bluefield University in the News


by | Feb 3, 2011

Learn gardening, quilting, forensics, or writing in a BC workshop.

Bluefield College will offer a variety of Saturday workshops for the community this spring in gardening, quilting, forensics, writing, and bow making.

The workshops will be offered through BC’s Fine Arts Community School, in existence for more than 16 years to enable local families and students of all ages and interests, including home-schoolers, to explore and study the arts and other topics and trades of interest with the guidance of mentors who have appropriate training and experience.

As part of the classes and instruction this spring, the school will offer eight one-day workshops in “Building a Better Vegetable Garden,” “Quilting,” “The Basics of Growing Herbs,” “Butterfly Gardening,” “Forensic Science,” “Writing for Young Writers,” “Writing for Adults,” and “Wreath and Bow Making.”

Building a Better Vegetable Garden Workshop

For beginning or experienced gardeners who want to learn how to improve soil, start seeds, and grow the best vegetables.

Saturday, March 19, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Tuition: $20

Ages 12 and up

Instructor: WVVA-TV meteorologist Corey Henderson

Quilting Workshop

Learn the basics for making and completing a quilt in six hours.

Saturday, March 19, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Saturday, March 26, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Tuition: $70

Ages 10 and up

Instructor: Gloria Coffey

Basics of Growing Herbs

Get all your questions about herbs answered while getting your hands dirty in planting an herb pot to harvest fresh herbs all summer long.

Saturday, March 26, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Tuition: $25

Ages 12 and up

Instructor: Ellen Reynolds of Beagle Ridge Herb Farm

Butterfly Gardening: How to Attract Flying Flowers to Your Garden

Learn the lifecycle of the butterfly and host and nectar plants, and take home a garden plan, host plant, and plant list.

Saturday, March 26, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Tuition: $25

Ages 12 and up

Instructor: Ellen Reynolds of Beagle Ridge Herb Farm

Forensic Science Workshop

Be part of a team collecting and analyzing evidence to solve a crime in this thrilling crime scene investigation.

Saturday, March 26, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Tuition: $30

Ages: grades 9th-12th

Instructors: Emily Lambert and Kelly Walls

Writing Workshop for Young Writers

Hear a writer and storyteller read Appalachian poetry and prompt students to find their poetic Appalachian voice, and learn from a retired English professor and writer a step-by-step process for writing flash fiction.

Saturday, April 9, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Tuition: $60

Ages 10-18

Instructors: Susanna Holstein and Salvatore Buttaci

Writing Workshop for Adults

Explore with a writer and storyteller your place in the mountains through discussion and creative writing, and learn from a retired English professor and writer how to create different forms of poetry.

Saturday, April 9, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Tuition: $60

Ages: adults

Instructors: Susanna Holstein and Salvatore Buttaci

Wreath and Bow Making Workshop

Learn the basics of wreath and bow making.

Saturday, May 7, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Tuition: $20

All ages

Instructor: Sharon Porter of Friends of Christ Crafts

To register or for more information about the spring workshops, call 800-872-0175 (x4246) or 276-326-4246, or e-mail [email protected], or visit the Bluefield College web site at

Tuition for workshops is due by the start of instruction and may be mailed in advance and made payable to Bluefield College, 3000 College Drive, Bluefield, VA 24605.

Bluefield University

[email protected]276.326.4212

Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231


Meet our core Counseling faculty

Dr. Challen Mabry

Assistant Professor of Counseling

Dr. Kristen Moran

Associate Professor of Counseling

Brandy Smith

Assistant Professor of Education & Counseling,
Director of the Master of Arts in Counseling Program,
Title IX Confidential Counselor

Our team is here for you! How can we help?

This form requires credentials in order to request information.