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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  July 14, 2014


 

State Board for Community Colleges July 2014 Business Meeting 

RICHMOND – The State Board for Community Colleges will convene its regular meeting on Thursday, July 17, at 9 a.m. in the Godwin-Hamel Board Room, James Monroe Building, 101 N. 14th Street, 15th floor, Richmond.

State Board Committees will meet on Wednesday, July 16. The Academic, Student Affairs and Workforce Development Committee and the Budget and Finance Committee meet at 1:30 p.m.; the Facilities Committee and the Personnel Committee meet at 3 p.m.; and the Audit Committee meets at 3:30 p.m.

A complete agenda is available online here: http://www.boarddocs.com/va/vccs/Board.nsf/Public.

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About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created more than 40 years ago, the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 405,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

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Roberts 

RICHMOND –The next president of Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) is Dr. Alfred A. Roberts, of Emporia, Virginia. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges, said Roberts will assume his new post on or about Aug. 1, 2014, replacing retiring president Dr. John Cavan.

“I’ve known Al for a long time and I have observed his leadership at SVCC for many years,” DuBois said in making the appointment. “I’m confident he will do a terrific job in taking the college to the next level.”

Roberts is currently provost of SVCC’s Christanna Campus in Alberta, a position he has held since 2012. He served as provost of the John H. Daniel Campus of SVCC, in Keysville, from 2010-2012.  Prior to that, he was vice president of workforce services at SVCC. His career at SVCC began in 1995 when he assumed the role of administrator for student support services.

“The Southside Virginia Community College Board unanimously supports Dr. Roberts as our next president,” said Dr. Charlette T. Woolridge, acting chair of the College Board. “We are very pleased and excited to have a solid and experienced new president with proven leadership, expertise to advance educational and workforce development programs to prepare students for the 21st century economy, a commitment to working with the Southside Virginia community and leaders to strengthen our economy, and more. We look forward to his leadership in our region.”

“We set a high standard and spent many hours in our search, with input from stakeholders at the state and local levels,” said Dr. Nancy Carwile, College Board member and former chair. “In all areas, Dr. Roberts was first among well-qualified candidates. Our hearts were in this process and Dr. Roberts' heart is also in this work as SVCC moves forward.”

Roberts says the presidency is “a great opportunity for me to give back to the community that has done so much for me.”

“I have a real commitment to a high level of community engagement; to quality academic programs; and to workforce training and development,” he said. “It will be a challenge to follow in Dr. Cavan’s footsteps, but also a tremendous opportunity to advance the mission of the college and enhance its reputation as a world class, 21st century community college.”

Before joining SVCC, Roberts was program director for Sussex-Greensville-Emporia Adult Activity Services and also taught radio and television production classes at Norfolk State University.

He received his doctorate from Old Dominion University, his master’s from Virginia State University and his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.

The longest serving president in the VCCS, Cavan has presided over SVCC since 1983.

 

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created more than 40 years ago, the VCCS is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve an estimated 400,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

 

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RICHMOND —The State Board for Community Colleges established the 2014-2015 in-state tuition and mandatory fees rate at $136 per credit hour by unanimous vote at its regular May meeting. Beginning this fall, in-state students will pay an additional $6.00 per credit hour, which means the cost of a typical three-hour class will increase by $18.00 and the cost of a full-time load of classes for the year will increase by $180.

Virginia’s Community Colleges will use the tuition increase to bolster its student services across the state. These resources, that include financial aid counseling and academic coaching, are a growing priority for helping first-generation students and those from underrepresented populations. The increase will also fund higher employee health insurance and retirement costs; utility and technology costs; and the costs of operating new facilities.

“Today’s tuition decision strikes an importance balance between ensuring that Virginians have affordable access to higher education and that we have the people and resources in place to help them succeed when they arrive at one of our community colleges,” said Bruce J. Meyer, chair of the State Board for Community Colleges.

Keeping a public promise

The board’s tuition decision is in accord with Achieve 2015, the VCCS six-year strategic plan that calls for keeping community college tuition and fee rates at one-half or less than that of the comparable rates at Virginia’s four-year universities.    

Currently, tuition and mandatory fees at Virginia’s Community Colleges are just over one-third (37 percent) of the average of comparable tuition and fees charged by Virginia’s public four-year institutions.

Tuition differentials

The State Board also agreed to increase the tuition differential rate for Northern Virginia Community College by $1.50 per credit hour. Even with the differential, NVCC’s tuition remains the lowest among comparable colleges in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

Further, the board approved an increase of $1.00 per credit hour to the tuition differential rate for Piedmont Virginia Community College.

The tuition differential rates for J. Sargeant Reynolds ($3.10), Tidewater ($1.00), Thomas Nelson ($1.00) and Virginia Western ($1.00) community colleges were unchanged from last year.

Out-of-state tuition

The State Board increased the tuition rate for out-of-state students by $6.00 per credit hour to a total of $330.60 per credit hour. Out-of-state students make up approximately 5-percent of the total enrollment of Virginia’s Community Colleges.

           

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created more than 40 years ago, the VCCS is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve an estimated 400,000 students a year. For more information, please visit  www.vccs.edu.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  May 13, 2014

News Release Highlights:

  • Dr. Gene C. Couch, Jr., will become VHCC’s president effective July 1, 2014.
  • Currently executive vice president at Alamance Community College in Graham, N.C., Couch is an Abingdon native.

 

Dr. Gene C. Couch, Jr. to Become President of Virginia Highlands Community College

RCouchICHMOND — Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges, announced today that Dr. Gene C. Couch, Jr., of Burlington, N.C. will become the 6th president of Virginia Highlands Community College (VHCC) beginning July 1.

Couch, an Abingdon native who grew up in southwestern Virginia, is currently executive vice president at Alamance Community College in Graham, N.C.

“Gene has an impressive track record of leadership in the North Carolina Community College System -- a state system of community colleges that I have a lot of respect for,” DuBois said in making the appointment. “He is also a product of our system, having achieved his first degree at Southwest Virginia Community College. His Virginia Highlands Community College appointment is a great fit.”

Prior to serving at Alamance, Couch was vice president for instruction and student services at Southwestern Community College in Sylva, N.C. from 2005-2010 and was vice president for instructional services from 1999-2005, after also serving as chair of the health sciences division there and program director for radiography.

”I applaud the community college system on its presidential selection process,” said Jamey Rector, chair of the Virginia Highlands College Board. ”The system has a great tool in bringing in a new president. We had four really good candidates, and we are confident Dr. Couch will be the next key element in moving Virginia Highlands forward.”

“I’m a product of Virginia’s Community Colleges – and I hope that students see that as proof that they can stay near and go far,” Couch said, who added the appointment is definitely a homecoming for him.

“Virginia Highlands has a rich history of service to southwest Virginia,” he said, “and I am looking forward to joining the team. I recognize the trust shared with me to become an outstanding leader and member of the VHCC Community.”

He holds an associate degree from Southwest Virginia Community College in Richlands, a bachelor’s degree from Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, N.C., a master’s degree and an education specialist degree from Western Carolina University and a doctorate from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Couch replaces Dr. Ron E. Proffitt, who retires this year after four years with Virginia Highlands.

 

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created more than 40 years ago, the VCCS is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 400,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

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Dr. Gene C. Couch, Jr., of Burlington, N.C., is currently executive vice president at Alamance Community College in Graham, N.C., a position he has held since June 2011. He was vice president for instruction and student services at Southwestern Community College in Sylva, N.C. from 2005-2010 and was vice president for instructional services from 1999-2005, after also serving as chair of the health sciences division there and program director for radiography. He holds an associate degree from Southwest Virginia Community College in Richlands, a bachelor’s degree from Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, N.C., master’s degrees from Western Carolina University and a doctorate from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee. Virginia Highlands will continue interviews at the community college; VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois hopes to make an appointment later in May. The appointee will replace Dr. Ron E. Proffitt, who retires this year after four years with Virginia Highlands.   About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created more than 40 years ago, the VCCS is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 400,000 students each year. 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The effort, led by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE), aims to help underserved students in rural Virginia complete high school and pursue advanced education. The announcement was made at the 9th Annual Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy Luncheon. More than one in four of the 2.1 million Virginians across parts of the Rural Horseshoe have less than a high school education, according to VFCCE.  And, while Virginia ranks in the top 10 for higher education attainment, the Commonwealth ranks 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. The Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative (RVHI) seeks to address the lack of educational attainment across rural Virginia, where nearly one in four adults lack a high school education and fewer than one in five have a bachelor’s degree. The focus will be providing full-time career coaching assistance to middle majority students and those from underrepresented populations, who are often overlooked by traditional guidance counseling but are critically needed to provide a trained workforce in most rural areas. The 10-year goal is to cut in half (one in eight) those lacking a high school diploma and double from 26 percent to 52 percent the population in rural Virginia holding an associate’s degree or other college certification. “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,” said Dr. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “AT&T’s contribution will enable us to help more Virginians develop the skills necessary to compete in today’s ever-changing work environment.” Virginia State Senator Walter Stosch said the VA Rural Horseshoe Initiative not only helps individuals improve their skills, it also is an important economic development tool for rural communities. “If students complete high school and develop new skills, they’ll be better prepared for jobs and opportunities – and employers will be more inclined to start or grow businesses in our rural communities because of the stronger pool of local talent,” said Stosch.  “AT&T’s contribution is a much-needed boost for this program.” Vince Apruzzese, regional vice president for AT&T in Virginia, said the program will prepare students for success and help grow rural communities. “At AT&T, we see supporting education as investing in the future because a well-educated workforce may be the single most important thing businesses can do to help Virginia succeed in a digital, global economy,” said Apruzzese. “This contribution will provide VFCEE with the additional resources they need to help students complete high school, pursue college studies, and grow Virginia’s rural economies.” Apruzzese added that the contribution is aligned with AT&T Aspire, one of the largest corporate commitments focused on helping more students graduate from high school ready for college and careers. In 2012, AT&T announced an additional quarter-billion-dollar expansion to the program, bringing the total commitment to $350 million since the program was launched in 2008. Learn more about AT&T Aspire by visiting www.att.com/aspire. Learn more about the Rural VA Horseshoe Initiative at http://www.vccs.edu/giving/rural-horseshoe-initiative/.

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Pictured in Photo:  VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois; Vince Apruzzese, regional vice president for AT&T in Virginia; Virginia Senator Walter Stosch; and former Governor Gerald Baliles, currently chair of the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education display check for the foundation to benefit the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative.

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created more than 40 years ago, the VCCS is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than a quarter-million credit students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu. About the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education:  Working hand in hand with Virginia’s 23 community colleges, the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education seeks to guarantee financial assistance to all students who dream of attending college.  The foundation is building an endowment that is already generating interest to provide full scholarships to selected community college students.  Donors to the fund are invited to endow a single scholarship in their name and designate it to any of Virginia’s community colleges or regions.  For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu/giving. [post_title] => AT&T Contributes $45,000 to Virginia Foundation for Community College Education [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => att-contributes-45000-to-virginia-foundation-for-community-college-education [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-05-08 10:10:03 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-05-08 14:10:03 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.vccs.edu/?post_type=newsroom&p=14374 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => newsroom [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) )
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