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Rural Horseshoe Initiative

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Preparing people in the rural
crescent for the jobs of the future

Rural Horseshoe Initiative

The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) has launched the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative to tackle the challenge of preparing people in the state’s rural crescent for the jobs of the future.

A wake up call

Did you know that one in four (2.1 million) Virginians across parts of the Rural Horseshoe have less than a high school education? And, even though Virginia ranks in the top 10 for higher education attainment, we rank 19th from the bottom in percentage of the population with at least a high school equivalency.

The VFCCE hopes to change those statistics by leveraging the programs and resources of 14 of Virginia’s Community Colleges: Blue Ridge, Dabney S. Lancaster, Danville, Eastern Shore, Lord Fairfax, Mountain Empire, New River, Patrick Henry, Paul D. Camp, Rappahannock, Southside, Southwest Virginia, Virginia Highlands, Wytheville.

Having an educated populace means current employers are less likely to leave the rural crescent and new employers are more likely to relocate here.

Case for Support

While it’s abundantly clear that many parts of Virginia are seeing positive economic activity even as we grow out of the most recent recession, this is not the case for nearly 75 percent of the Commonwealth’s geography.

If Virginia’s education gap in the Rural Horseshoe is left unaddressed, vast areas of the state will be doomed to poverty and a continuing reliance on support from government entities.

Join our team and stay connected!

With one in four Virginians across parts of the state’s rural crescent having less than a high school education, preparing them for the jobs of the future is of paramount importance. To help accomplish that goal, The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) has launched the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative. By tapping into the programs and resources of 14 of the state’s community colleges, Virginians will be able to develop the skills necessary to compete in today’s ever-changing work environment.

You can lend a hand

While the VFCCE will be devoting considerable resources to the Rural Horseshoe Initiative to ensure its success, we can’t do it alone. We need your help!

Please use the form below to become a Rural Horseshoe Initiative volunteer.


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