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President Scott Miller recently announced the establishment of Opus, a summer work program for Virginia Wesleyan students. The Opus work program will serve approximately 20 students with financial need who would like to continue their studies at Virginia Wesleyan. Participating students will have the opportunity to live on campus in Brock Village and will be provided with a modest meal plan. They will begin their duties following May Commencement and will work 25 hours per week for a period of 13 weeks. Projects will focus on corrective maintenance, grounds and landscaping and general campus beautification. The major goals and expected outcomes from the Opus program are to ensure the completion of a liberal arts education for students with limited financial resources; to develop strong work ethic, communication and problem-solving skills; to give graduates the professional/technical knowledge essential for their work and the executive skills required to plan, organize and prioritize tasks; to build a reliable source of workers who are knowledgeable, skilled and likely to remain in the region; and to increase campus pride among students.