- Tidewater Community College’s OpenTCC project, where business faculty are developing the first ever associate’s degree in business administration with no textbook costs (http://www.tcc.edu/news/press/2013/TextbookFreeDegree.htm).
- A team of math faculty and instructional designers developed a web site to help students prepare for several units in developmental math (http://vpt-math.vccs.edu).
- Faculty members at New River Community College have created free, web-based resources for English 111 & 112 courses.
- Northern Virginia Community College’s Extended Learning Institute (ELI) is creating a series of general education course options that will become part of an OER-based general education certificate program. The courses will be open to NVCC students as well as distance learning students from other Virginia Community Colleges; the open materials will be available system-wide as well as licensed through the Creative Commons.
“Open Educational Resources have the potential to significantly drive down the cost of a community college degree,” says Dr. Richard Sebastian, director of director of teaching and learning technologies for Virginia’s Community Colleges. “We look forward to expanding this pilot grant program to move open resources even further into the fabric of community college academic life.”
The 12 new grant recipients to boost the use of OERs include:
- Central Virginia Community College – Juville Dario-Becker – Biology 101
- Paul D. Camp Community College – Safianu Rabiu – Biology 102
- Southwest Virginia Community College – Loretta Beavers – Business 100
- Thomas Nelson Community College – Riham Mahfouz – Chemistry 111
- Southside Virginia Community College – Leslie Cline – Public Speaking (CST) 100
- Blue Ridge Community College – James Eriksen – English 111
- Germanna Community College – Cheryl Huff – English 112
- Rappahannock Community College – Matt Brent – History 101
- Northern Virginia Community College – Shelley Slaey – Information Technology Essentials 115
- Wytheville Community College – Jason Lachniet – Math 163
- Tidewater Community College – Glenn E. “Bert” Fox – Psychology 201
- New River Community College – Peggy Dunn – Student Development 100
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 405,000 students a year. For more information, please visit myfuture.vccs.edu.[post_title] => Virginia’s Community Colleges Work to Slash Textbook Costs - 5.2.13 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => virginias-community-colleges-work-to-slash-textbook-costs-may-02-2013 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-08-06 13:33:32 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-08-06 17:33:32 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.vccs.edu/?post_type=newsroom&p=6931 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => newsroom [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 6933 [post_author] => 13 [post_date] => 2013-04-30 07:59:43 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-04-30 07:59:43 [post_content] =>
Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of Governor Bob McDonnell
Office of the Governor
Contact: Paul Logan
Phone: (804) 786-4401
Virginia Community College System
Contact: Jeffrey Kraus
Phone: (804) 819-4949
Virginia Department of Education
Contact: Charles Pyle
Phone: (804) 371-2420
Governor Bob McDonnell to Honor VCCS Dual-Enrollment Graduates with Governor’s Medallions
~ Program Expansion Means More Affordable College Options for Virginia Families ~
RICHMOND – Ernestine Powell may have experienced déjà vu last June as she donned her cap and gown and prepared to give the valedictorian’s address at her high school graduation. After all, just one month before, she had graduated magna cum laude with an associate’s degree and a general education certificate from Paul D. Camp Community College.
Like students across Virginia, Powell had taken advantage of a dual enrollment program offered by Virginia’s Community Colleges (VCCS) and public schools, which allows students to earn college credit while still attending high school. In a typical year, hundreds of students earn enough college credits to graduate with a college credential the month before they finish high school.
Beginning this spring, those students will also earn a Governor’s Medallion at their college commencement. Students will also be able to wear the Governor’s Medallion as part of their academic regalia at their high school graduation ceremonies a month later.
“These students are not just smart, they are also savvy,” said Governor Bob McDonnell. “These medallions allow us to honor the impressive academic achievements of these students while highlighting a terrific opportunity that other families and students may know little about. Dual enrollment is an important tool in our work to create an additional 100,000 college graduates by 2025.”
“I want to congratulate these hardworking students on this major accomplishment. Being college and career ready is vitally important in our 21st Century economy, and these students have the opportunity, knowledge and skills to pursue their own path as a result of completing this credential at the community college,” said Secretary of Education Laura Fornash.
An estimated 610 students will earn medallions this spring. Students qualify for the medallion when they earn enough college credits to earn an associate’s degree, a general studies college certificate, or both. That number is expected to grow in the coming years as more dual-enrollment agreements are created.
House Bill 1184, signed by Governor McDonnell in April 2012, requires that each of Virginia’s Community Colleges and every local school division they serve develop agreements allowing high school students to complete an associate's degree or a one-year general education certificate from a community college concurrent with a high school diploma. The associate degree or general education certificate may also include credits earned through Advanced Placement (AP) as well as dual-enrollment if applicable.
“I know firsthand what dual enrollment can mean for students and families. All three of my children took advantage of it when they were in high school,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “Expanding dual enrollment opportunities are a win-win scenario for everyone involved. We look forward to working with our partners in K-12 public schools to offer dual enrollment to even more students.”
“I'm sure the medallions will be treasured keepsakes that will remind these students of their achievement,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright.[post_title] => Governor Bob McDonnell to Honor VCCS Dual-Enrollment Graduates with Governor’s Medallions - 4.30.13 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => governor-bob-mcdonnell-to-honor-vccs-dual-enrollment-graduates-with-governors-medallions-april-30-2013 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-08-16 15:04:43 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-08-16 15:04:43 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.vccs.edu/?post_type=newsroom&p=6933 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => newsroom [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 6936 [post_author] => 13 [post_date] => 2013-04-29 08:32:53 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-04-29 08:32:53 [post_content] =>
“Building the Bond Tour” Begins Next Phase for Foster Youth-Focused Community College Initiative
RICHMOND, Va. – Anne Holton, the new program director of Great Expectations, and other Virginia Community College leaders will host a series of events across Virginia beginning in May, seeking ideas and support for elevating the next phase of the foster youth-focused program.
Great Expectations is an initiative of the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education and Virginia’s Community Colleges (VCCS). Virginia529 College Savings Plan is sponsoring the Building the Bond Tour, which also corresponds with National Foster Care Month.
Begun in fall 2008 at five pilot community colleges, Great Expectations is serving foster youth today at 17 Virginia community colleges. Over that time, the program has served more than 500 students; increased foster youth graduation and retention rates; and earned awards and national recognition as a unique answer to the vexing challenge of single-digit foster youth graduation statistics.
“As a society we can spend up to one million dollars on a youth who has spent his or her life inside the child welfare system. It is a heartbreaking loss to see so many of them end up incarcerated or homeless only months after turning 18,” said Holton, hired in January to lead Great Expectations. “Isn’t it so much better to have a program like ours help these young people earn a college credential that will allow them to sustain themselves? We’ve had a terrific first five years and we’re seeking ways to make the next five years even better.”
The Building the Bond tour includes a series of public luncheons for social workers, foster parents and others who work to help Virginia’s foster youth. The events are free, though registration on the Great Expectations website is required. The luncheon events will be held May 1 in Charlottesville; May 23 in Norfolk; and May 29 in Richmond.
Holton will also attend the Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival May 18 at Virginia Highlands Community College (VHCC) in Abingdon to benefit the college’s Great Expectations program. Leigh, a Grammy-winning artist, is an alum of VHCC.
“Anne Holton is bringing a lot of energy and excitement to an initiative that is close to my heart and I applaud her for it,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “Our colleges are at their best when they can bring the community together to address a community need. And the plight of Virginia’s foster youth is just that: an unmet community need. No question, this tour and the conversations and awareness it creates will only improve Great Expectations moving forward.”
The Great Expectations Building the Bond Tour is made possible by the generous support of Virginia529 College Savings Plan.
“Virginia529 is proud to sponsor the Great Expectations Building the Bond tour,” said Mary Morris, CEO of Virginia529 College Savings Plan. “Our mission is to help make college more affordable and accessible to all Virginians. The opportunity to partner with VCCS and the VFCCE to support the Great Expectations program is an exciting way to assist and encourage foster youth to realize their dreams, highlight the exceptional programs at Virginia’s Community Colleges and focus everyone on the importance of higher education.”
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 400,000 students each year. For more information, please visit myfuture.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.
About Virginia529: Virginia529 is a college savings plan that offers flexible, affordable, tax-advantaged savings programs for qualified higher education expenses through its four programs – Virginia529 prePAIDSM (prePAIDSM), Virginia529 inVESTSM (inVESTSM), CollegeAmerica® and CollegeWealth®. With over 2.2 million accounts and $39 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2012, Virginia529 is the largest 529 plan in the country. For more information on Virginia529’s college savings options, visit Virginia529.com.[post_title] => “Building the Bond Tour” Begins Next Phase for Foster Youth-Focused Community College Initiative - 4.29.13 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => building-the-bond-tour-begins-next-phase-for-foster-youth-focused-community-college-initiative-monday-april-29-2013 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-08-16 15:05:14 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-08-16 15:05:14 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.vccs.edu/?post_type=newsroom&p=6936 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => newsroom [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) )
Friday, May 2013State Board Agenda for May 2013 Business Meeting - 5.10.13
Thursday, May 2013Virginia’s Community Colleges Work to Slash Textbook Costs - 5.2.13