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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2014

News Release Highlights:

  • Finalists were certified for position of president at Virginia Highlands Community College in Abingdon.
  • Candidates will interview at the college; an appointment is expected later this spring.

 

State Board Committee Certifies Finalists for President at Virginia Highlands Community College

RICHMOND – The State Board for Community Colleges has certified finalists for the position of president at Virginia Highlands Community College in Abingdon, Virginia. The three finalists include Dr. Barbara J. Fuller, of Lebanon, VA; Dr. John A Hogan, of Columbus, Indiana; and Dr. Susan E. Short, of Salem, VA.

Dr. Barbara J. Fuller is currently vice president for academic and student services at Southwest Virginia Community College in Richlands, having served in a vice president's position since 2010.  Prior to that she was dean of the business and engineering division at the college as well as serving as program developer and coordinator in Workforce Development beginning in 1985 and as an adjunct instructor from 1979-1982. She holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Virginia Tech, a bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University and an associate degree from Southwest Virginia Community College. 

Dr. John A. Hogan is currently associate vice president for student affairs at Ivy Tech Community College, and served as chancellor and chief executive officer for the Columbus Region of Ivy Tech for more than a decade, beginning in 2003. Previously he was executive dean and chief executive officer at the Anderson Campus of Ivy Tech from 1999-2003 and was director of enrollment and student services and adjunct instructor at the Richmond, Indiana Ivy Tech campus, including two years as interim dean for instructional affairs. He began at Ivy Tech as a registrar in 1988. He holds a doctorate from Indiana State University and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Western Kentucky University.

Dr. Susan E. Short is currently associate vice president for engagement at Virginia Tech, a position she has held since 2011, and also served as director of Outreach Program Development and as director of the Roanoke Center for Virginia Tech. Previously she was vice president of instruction and student services at Lord Fairfax Community College from 2001-2004, where she had also served as director of instruction and student services, director of student support services, and coordinator of student activities/counselor beginning in 1984. She holds a doctorate from Virginia Tech, a master’s degree from Shippensburg University and bachelor’s degree from the Shenandoah College and Conservatory of Music.

Candidates will attend college interviews at the community college in late April; VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois hopes to make the appointment 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. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu

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RICHMOND – W. Heywood Fralin, noted Virginia business leader and philanthropist, is the keynote speaker on Tuesday, April 15 at the 11:30 a.m. Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy at The Country Club of Virginia Westhampton Clubhouse in Richmond.

Fralin is expected to focus on the central role community colleges play in economic development throughout the regions of the commonwealth, and on the need for additional funding for Virginia’s Community Colleges, both from state resources and from private philanthropy.

The Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy is hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) to honor leading philanthropists from each of Virginia’s 23 community colleges as well as the statewide foundation. This marks the ninth year for the awards.

Chairman of Medical Facilities of America, Inc., Fralin has been part of higher education and economic development efforts across the commonwealth for the last two decades. He currently chairs the Virginia Business Higher Education Council, which formed the Grow by Degrees coalition in 2009, with a goal to award an additional 100,000 higher education degrees by 2025.

In 2013, Fralin and his son, William H. Fralin, were recognized with the 2013 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy for Virginia Western Community College as co-trustees of the Horace G. Fralin Charitable Trust. In the fall of 2012, that trust committed the largest single scholarship donation in the Virginia Community College System with a gift of $5 million over five years. Fralin also has served as a member of the University of Virginia Board of Visitors, including two years as rector, and on the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. He currently serves on the board of trustees of the University of Virginia College Foundation and on the Virginia Western Education Foundation Board and is a member of the State Council for Higher Education.

This year’s class of distinguished philanthropy leaders has contributed a combined total of more than $12 million to Virginia’s Community Colleges.

(Pictured above, W. Heywood Fralin (second from left), was a 2013 Philanthropy Award winner along with son William H. Fralin (third from left), shown here with VWCC students and VWCC President Bobby Sandel).

Recipients of the 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy:

Blue Ridge Community College  Augusta Health / Sentara RMH Medical Center
Central Virginia Community College  The Sonny Merryman Family
Dabney S. Lancaster Community College  The Alleghany Foundation
Danville Community College  LifePoint / Danville Regional Medical Center
Eastern Shore Community College  Jeff Holland
Germanna Community College  Spotsylvania County
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College  Metropolitan Health Foundation
John Tyler Community College  The Cameron Foundation
Lord Fairfax Community College  William Holtzman
Mountain Empire Community College  Martha J. Rhoton
New River Community College  Paul and Gary Duncan
Northern Virginia Community College Volkswagen Group of America
Patrick Henry Community College  Gary and Susan Collins
Paul D. Camp Community College  Smithfield Foods
Piedmont Virginia Community College  Julie Heyward
Rappahannock Community College  The Children of Charles and Elizabeth Ryland
Southside Virginia Community College  Halifax Regional Health System
Southwest Virginia Community College  CONSOL Energy Inc.
Thomas Nelson Community College  Sentara Healthcare
Tidewater Community College  Robert C. Nusbaum and Linda S. Laibstain
Virginia Highlands Community College  The late C. B. Hale
Virginia Western Community College  Roanoke City School Board
Wytheville Community College  Daniel Copeland
Virginia Foundation for Community College Education  Valley Proteins, Inc.

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/Foundation

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10, 2014

 

State Board for Community Colleges Schedules Meeting

RICHMOND – The State Board for Community Colleges Executive Committee will meet on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. in the Windsor Room at the Country Club of Virginia, at 6031 St. Andrews Lane, Richmond.

For more information, contact Jeffrey Kraus, jkraus@vccs.edu, 804-592-6767.

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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.

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The State Board for Community Colleges will convene its regular meeting on Thursday, March 20, at 9 a.m. in the Student Center Building of the Virginia Beach Campus at Tidewater Community College, 1700 College Crescent, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

State Board Committees will meet on Wednesday, March 19, also at the Virginia Beach Student Center at TCC. 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. An Executive Committee meeting will take place at the conclusion of the other committee meetings. Agenda items for the regular business meeting on March 20 include:

Academic, Student Affairs & Workforce – The State Board will consider approval of a new associate in applied science degree in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration for Tidewater Community College. The State Board will also hear reports on the Virginia Education Wizard Mobile App as well as reports on a pilot program to track industry recognized credentials, among other information items.

Budget and Finance – The State Board will begin preliminary discussion of 2014-2015 tuition and fees. Guidance from the State Board will be used to develop recommendations for the board to consider at its May 2014 meeting. The State Board will also receive an update on the 2014 General Assembly session and a report on a benchmarking study currently under way to document current processes as part of a project to identify opportunities for improving service effectiveness and efficiencies.

Facilities – The State Board will consider action to expand a lease in Loudoun County to allow for co-location services with George Mason University, as part of a broader collaboration agreement between both institutions. Reports on college construction and capital outlay projects will also be received.

Personnel Committee – The State Board will hear an update on the work of the Chancellor’s Task Force on Diversity.

Chancellor’s Report – Chancellor Glenn DuBois provide updates on 2013-14 goals and on the VCCS Reengineering Task Force.

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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 myfuture.vccs.edu.

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News Release Highlights:

• Eastern Shore Community College earns the Valley Proteins 6th Annual Award.
• The award will expand ESCC’s HVAC training program to meet employers’ growing needs.
• The Valley Proteins Endowment Fund supports workforce efforts at community colleges through the VFCCE

 

Eastern Shore C.C. Plan to Meet Employer Needs and 
Boost HVAC Career Opportunities Earns Annual Foundation Award

Eastern Shore Community College (ESCC) will soon expand its HVAC program to train people to maintain large commercial HVAC and refrigeration equipment thanks to an award funded by Valley Proteins, Inc. and administered by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE).

The ESCC program currently teaches people how to repair and maintain residential HVAC units. The $10,000 foundation grant will pay for new equipment and the design of a new, expanded curriculum. Those changes will allow the program to teach people to work on commercial HVAC and refrigeration equipment. Eastern Shore employers, ranging from poultry processing plants to space rocket launching facilities, say they need more people with those skills. That demand is echoed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which reports that the demand for HVACR mechanics and installers will grow by 34 percent by 2020, and that their median annual salary is more than $43,000.

The ESCC HVAC training program has graduated dozens since beginning in 2004. Nearly one-third of the program’s most recent group of graduates earned the highest possible credential level.

The Valley Proteins Endowment Fund is awarded annually to support workforce development programs at Virginia’s Community Colleges in the areas of environmental science, commercial truck driving, heating and air conditioning, and office technology in regions where the company operates.

“Earning this award will help us expand a needed program that much sooner,” said Dr. Linda Thomas-Glover, president of Eastern Shore Community College. “That means we can respond to the needs of Shore employers sooner and prepare more hard-working people to start promising careers sooner. We are very appreciative of the commitment of Valley Proteins to supporting ESCC and the Virginia Community Colleges as we combine resources to develop a strong local workforce.”

“This year’s award recipient is a reminder of what a catalyst a community college can be for a local economy,” said Michael A. Smith, vice president of Valley Proteins and former chair of the VFCCE. “Congratulations to Eastern Shore Community College on putting together a wonderful proposal. We are excited to think what this could mean for connecting HVACR-trained folks with the employers who really need them.”

“We are dedicated to expanding opportunities through creative partnerships,” said Jennifer Gentry, assistant vice chancellor for VCCS Institutional Advancement. “This endowment is a great example of the synergy that comes from joining together employers who are vested in the quality of tomorrow’s Virginia workforce and the community colleges that elevate it every day.”

Valley Proteins, Inc. is committed to supporting the workforce, particularly in the areas in which it has a business presence. The 65-year-old firm, headquartered in Winchester, operates plants in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas. Its processing facilities recycle food waste materials into usable products and bio fuels for feed and industrial applications.

This is the first time Eastern Shore Community College has earned the award. Previous recipients of the annual award include Blue Ridge Community College, John Tyler Community College, Paul D. Camp Community College and Southside Virginia Community College.

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.

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.

About Eastern Shore Community College: Opened in 1971, and situated on 115 acres on U.S. Route 13, ESCC serves the residents of Accomack and Northampton Counties. ESCC serves an estimated 1,400 students a year. For more information, please visit es.vccs.edu.

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~ That’s no surprise says VCCS grad turned veteran turned professor ~


RICHMOND — A growing and increasingly diverse number of U.S. military veterans are enrolling in Virginia’s Community Colleges. That’s neither a mistake nor surprising says one person who has spent her adult life watching the issue from all sides: first as a community college student and graduate; then as an officer in Army Reserve; and now as a full-time nursing professor at her alma mater.

The VCCS collectively served 24,132 veteran students between the 2008-09 academic year and last year. A look within those numbers reveals some interesting trends:

  • The VCCS served 65 percent more veterans last year (9,404) than they did in the 2008-2009 school year (5,703).
  • Women accounted for nearly one-third of the veteran students compared to only ten percent of the total U.S. veteran population.
  • The number of Hispanic/Latino veteran students grew by 165 percent during that period.
  • The number of African American veteran students increased 96 percent in that time.

“The system is more user-friendly for veterans today then when I was in college in the early 1980s,” said Brenda Dixon, a professor of nursing at Germanna Community College. “We reach out to the veterans, and employ coordinators to ease the transition of veterans to the college setting. Our faculty receives training, geared toward assisting Veterans in the classroom. Also, veterans are allowed to form a club on campus, which serves as a support system.”

Dixon, who was one of 12 children, was the first in her family to attend college when she entered the nursing program at Germanna Community College in 1980. There, a mentor’s stories of military service inspired her to enlist in the Army Reserve where she would go on to serve four years on active duty and rise to the rank of Lt. Colonel. She continued her education, earning a master’s degree and several post-master’s certificates. Today, she is a professor at the community college where it all began.

Dixon says her experience as a community college student allows her to identify with the people she is teaching and her experience in uniform gives her special insights on working with Veterans. "While serving on active duty for four years, working with soldiers injured in combat, I was able to gain an appreciation for the sacrifices they made, and identify techniques that could be used to assist the veterans with re-entering back into the community."

Further, Dixon says the increased diversity seen among veteran students simply mirrors the larger community. “When I started teaching nursing in 1986, I was the only African American nursing faculty member. [Today] more minority faculty and students, from many different countries, are seen on campus.”

“Preparing veterans for good-paying civilian careers is one of the best ways that we can show them our appreciation for their service,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “These encouraging numbers demonstrate that we are doing that and show us ways that we can do even more moving forward.”

See more on the success of Veterans as students in this recent Student Success Snapshot.

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 nearly 400,000 students a year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

January 27, 2014

Bill Bolling Joins Rural Virginia Education Partnership

RICHMOND, Va. – Former Virginia Lt. Governor Bill Bolling is joining the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative. Bolling will co-chair the effort’s steering committee along with Robert Harrell of Suffolk.

"I grew up in a rural community, and I feel passionately about the need to provide better educational opportunities for young people in the rural parts of our state,” Bolling said. "That's what the Rural Horseshoe Initiative is all about, and I look forward to continuing my work in public service by serving as co- chair of this tremendous partnership and helping achieve their important goals."

The Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative is a partnership between the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE), 14 Virginia community colleges and their respective foundations to increase educational attainment in Virginia’s rural regions. Last fall the effort earned a $2 million lead gift from a third-generation Virginia business, Valley Proteins, Inc. and one of its owners, Michael Smith.

“We are grateful for the passion, experience and perspective that Bill Bolling will bring to this effort,” said former Gov. Gerald Baliles, chair of the VFCCE. “From his roots, growing up in the coalfields of southwest Virginia, to his work as lieutenant governor to increase job opportunities across the commonwealth, Bill understands how vital it is for every Virginian to have access to the knowledge and skills that 21st century jobs demand. I am looking forward to working with him in this role.”

Rural Virginia, which includes the Northern Neck, Eastern Shore, Southside, Southwest Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley, has a population of 2.1 million people. If it were its own state, it would rank 50th in the nation in the percentage of people who hold a college degree; the rest of Virginia would rank number two. Likewise, nearly one in four people in rural Virginia lack a high school diploma. That compares to one in ten for the rest of Virginia.

The initiative focuses on two goals. The first is to cut in half the current percentage of rural Virginia’s population without a high school diploma, or equivalent. The second is to double the number of people in rural Virginia who hold a workforce credential or an associate’s degree from 26 percent to 53 percent. The ten-year initiative will help middle class families who mistakenly believe education past high school is out of reach and adults who failed to finish high school but need money to pay for workforce training beyond a G.E.D.

Bolling, who chaired the Governor’s Rural Jobs Council in 2013, is joining a team that is brimming with business, public service and community leaders from across Virginia. The steering committee includes:

 

John “Jay” Adams

Jean Clary Bagley

The Honorable Gerald L. Baliles

The Honorable Bob Bloxom

The Honorable Bill Bolling, Co-chair

Carthan Currin, III

Ben Davenport, Jr.

The Honorable Barnie Day

John Hardesty, Jr.

William C. Hall, Jr.

The Honorable Eva T. Hardy

Robert W. Harrell, Jr., Co-chair

The Honorable Charles Hawkins

Ibbie Hedrick

The Honorable Jack Kennedy

The Honorable Jerry Kilgore

Cynthia Lawrence

Jeffery K. Mitchell

The Honorable David Nutter

Joe Philpott, Jr.

Donnie Ratliff

Gerald “J.J.” Smith, Jr.

D. Coleman Speece

“Robin” Sullenberger

Lucia Anna (Pia) Trigiani

Robert Wrenn

 

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 approximately 400,000 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 http://www.vccs.edu/giving.

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