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RICHMOND – Virginians taking advantage of a new state grants program for workforce training are graduating and being hired into careers that typically increase their take-home pay between 25 percent and 50 percent, and even higher in some cases. Those statistics represent a first look at the wage data of those who used Virginia’s New Economy Workforce Credentials Grants to earn FastForward credentials at a Virginia Community College.

“Businesses are lining up to hire workers with the right skills, and the salary increases are transforming the lives of Virginia families,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges.

PROMISING EARLY NUMBERS
Since the program’s inception, some 4,500 Virginians have used the grants to earn credentials in about 40 high-demand occupations. The average grant recipient is 36 years old, with an annual salary of $22,000 upon entering the program. Two out of three are new to community college education; and 20 percent received some form of public assistance in the year before the grants program began.

Early indicators show welders are seeing some of the biggest increases, up 50 percent. Manufacturers (31 percent), commercial truck drivers (33 percent), and healthcare administrators (23 percent) represent occupations with strong income growth. Construction and power line workers, and certified nursing assistants are also showing strong gains.

Wage analysis compares the program participant’s income before entering a program and the annualized salary earned for two or more quarters after earning a credential. Researchers say wage data from additional program graduates will allow for deeper analysis of these and other occupations.

SURPASSING EXPECTATIONS
“The success of Virginia’s Workforce Credentials Grants has surpassed even our most optimistic expectations,” noted Del. Kathy J. Byron (R-Bedford), sponsor of the House of Delegates legislation to enact the program. “This program is changing lives and transforming our workforce as a result.”

“Those with certifications have quickly found employment with family-supporting wages,” said state Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville), sponsor of the state Senate legislation. “And we expect each reporting period will yield further results. This is a win for employers and students.”

Virginia’s median income for those 25 and older stood at $42,000 in 2016, which represents a 2.1 percent increase from 2014, and a 4.8 percent increase from 2012. As the program name suggests, FastForward credentials are among the quickest way for an individual to elevate his or her career prospects.

CRUCIAL TO BUSINESSES
“We are pleased to see that the FastForward program is off to a successful start,” said Barry DuVal, president and CEO of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. “The availability of high-demand credential and degree programs is crucial to the businesses who employ these workers and to growing our economy. We look forward to working with public policy leaders to build on the program’s capacity.”

“Demand is high among both the businesses looking to fill these jobs, and the individuals seeking opportunity,” said DuBois. “The beauty of the program’s pay-for-performance nature is that money is spent only when results are achieved. This is a direct investment in Virginia’s workforce, and a boost for its competitiveness.”

MEETING GREATER DEMAND
The Virginia General Assembly created the grants program in 2016, allocating $12.5 million for the program’s first two years. The pay-for-performance program sold out early each year, exhausting the grant funding. The 2018 introduced biennial budget included $9.5 million for the grants in each of the next two years. Concerned over the high demand for the grants, business leaders and community college officials are working with legislators to further increase the funding.

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Since 1966, Virginia’s Community Colleges have given everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. By making higher education and workforce training available in every part of Virginia, we elevate all of Virginia. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 252,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

About FastForward: A high-demand program helping Virginians get the jobs they want and the salaries they need, FastForward programs are short-term training courses offered through Virginia’s Community Colleges to help you fast-track your career for 40 different occupations. State grants and other forms of financial assistance may be available for program applicants. For more information, please visit www.FastForwardVa.org.

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RICHMOND – In accordance with Section 23.1-307 (D) of the Code of Virginia, the State Board for Community Colleges provides notice that it will consider tuition and mandatory fee increases for Virginia’s Community Colleges, effective fall 2018, at 9 a.m., May 17, 2018, at 300 Arboretum Place, Richmond, Va.

The State Board will consider tuition and mandatory fee increases of between 1 percent and 3 percent for all undergraduate students, subject to further actions of the General Assembly. The community colleges would use the revenue generated from the tuition increase to pay for:

•Increased state employee fringe benefit costs;
•Operation and maintenance of new buildings;
•Technology infrastructure upgrades;
•Contractual obligations; and
•Investments in strategic initiatives to improve student success.

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Since 1966, Virginia’s Community Colleges have given everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. By making higher education and workforce training available in every part of Virginia, we elevate all of Virginia. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 252,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

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RICHMOND – The State Board for Community Colleges has certified three finalists for the position of president at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. The finalists were among 102 applicants from across the nation.

The three finalists, in alphabetical order, are Dr. Genene D. LeRosen of Glen Allen, VA; Dr. Feleccia R. Moore-Davis of Tallahassee, FL; and Dr. Paula P. Pando of Atlantic Heights, NJ.

“The Reynolds Community College presidency is attracting a talented collection of leaders from across the country,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “That’s no surprise. The college plays an important role in a community that is both growing and increasingly vibrant. The college has some promising initiatives on the horizon, like its culinary arts institute under construction in Church Hill, that makes this an exciting time for the institution as well as the people and businesses it serves.”

Dr. Genene D. LeRosen has worked in education for 35 years, starting as a business and adult education teacher in Henrico County, VA in 1983. LeRosen moved to the College of William & Mary, in Williamsburg, VA, in 1987, serving as a senior budget analyst and later as the assistant to the provost for academic planning. In 1991, she joined the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) as an academic affairs coordinator, rising to senior level. LeRosen joined Northern Virginia Community College in 1997, serving as a division chair for workforce technologies. She became a special assistant to the chancellor at the Virginia Community College System Office in 2000 before joining Reynolds Community College in 2003, where she continues to serve at the college’s executive vice president. LeRosen earned a doctorate from the College of William & Mary; a master’s degree from Virginia State University; and a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany.

Dr. Feleccia R. Moore-Davis has worked in higher education for more than 30 years. She began her career as a psychology faculty member at Fayetteville Technical Community College in 1988. She moved to the Central Campus of Houston Community College in 1992 where she became the psychology, sociology, and anthropology department chair. Moore-Davis began working at Lone Star College in Houston in 2003, serving first as the dean of business, math, communications and CIT, and then later as the college’s vice president for instruction. She currently serves as the provost of Tallahassee Community College, a position she has held since 2015. Over the past decade, Moore-Davis has also worked as an online instructor, teaching classes at both Lone Star College and the University of Houston. Moore-Davis earned a doctorate from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA; a master’s degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX; and a bachelor’s degree from Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans.

Dr. Paula P. Pando has worked in higher education for more than 21 years. She began her career in 1994 as the director of campus activities and programs at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, NJ. Beginning in 2000, Pando worked as a consultant for a New York firm, facilitating sensitivity and diversity training, among other topics. In 2003, she joined Hudson County Community College, in Jersey City, NJ, as the associate dean for student services. She has since risen through the ranks, holding three different vice presidencies, including her current role as senior vice president for student and educational services. In 2017, Pando was among 38 leaders from across the country selected for the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence, a rigorous 10 month applied leadership program. Pando holds a doctorate from Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ; a master’s degree from Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, NJ; and bachelor’s degree from Stockton University in Pomona, NJ.

The three finalists seek to succeed Dr. Gary Rhodes, the college’s third president, who will retire on September 1 after serving in that role for 16 years. The finalists will each visit the college in the middle of May to meet with faculty, staff, students and community members.

Serving more than 16,000 students annually, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College is the youngest and among the largest of 23 community colleges in Virginia. The college operates three campuses serving residents in the City of Richmond and the counties of Henrico, Hanover, Goochland, Powhatan and Louisa.

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Since 1966, Virginia’s Community Colleges have given everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. By making higher education and workforce training available in every part of Virginia, we elevate all of Virginia. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 252,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

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Glenn DuBois, the Chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges made the following statement today on the announced retirement of Tidewater Community College President Edna V. Baehre-Kolovani:

“I have known Edna Baehre-Kolovani since we were colleagues at Genesee Community College, in New York, in 1990. You will not find a harder worker, a more passionate advocate for our mission, nor a more talented fundraiser anywhere in community college education. Edna’s announcement today caps an impressive, 36-year career in which she has changed lives and strengthened communities everywhere she has worked. She should be proud.

“I congratulate Edna on a well-earned retirement and am glad to know that she and her husband will continue to call Virginia home.”

“We will soon announce an interim president for TCC. Later, we will conduct a national search for the college’s next permanent president.

“Meanwhile, I expect the college to continue forward with initiatives like the college’s pathway work, which will launch its first wave this summer, and other key efforts aimed at increasing enrollment, student success, and completion. There is too much to gain from these priorities for them to be lost in transition.

“Our external partners should know that the college remains committed to the projects upon which its major gifts campaign is focused. That campaign’s strong beginning is encouraging.

“Declining enrollment is challenging TCC – a college that is too big, and much too important, for that trend to continue. We must turn it around, and I am confident that we will. By leveraging the talents of our faculty and staff, improving communications and inclusion, and focusing on our mission, we will find the institutional success to which we all aspire.”

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RICHMOND —The State Board for Community Colleges established the 2018-2019 academic year in-state tuition and mandatory fees rate at $154 per credit hour today at its regular May meeting. Beginning this fall, in-state students will pay an additional $3.75 per credit hour – an increase of 2.5 percent – meaning the cost of a typical three-hour class will increase by $11.25, and the cost of a full-time load of classes for the year will increase by $112.50.

The new rate keeps community college tuition and mandatory fees at approximately one-third of the comparable costs of attending Virginia’s public four-year universities.
Virginia’s Community Colleges will use the tuition increase to pay a share of rising employee fringe benefit costs; strategic enrollment initiatives; costs associated with using various Virginia administrative systems; and facility maintenance and operating costs.

“Today’s decision requires us to find the balance necessary to advance two different priorities,” said Eleanor Saslaw, chair of the Virginia State Board for Community Colleges. “College affordability remains essential to the community college mission, and we’ve honored that. Meanwhile, resources are needed to increase student advising and other essential initiatives, like those identified in last fall’s JLARC report on our colleges, to help more students succeed and complete their programs of study. I believe we are honoring those needs too.”

OUT-OF-STATE TUITION
The State Board increased the tuition rate for out-of-state students by $3.75 per credit hour to a total of $351.60 per credit hour.
Out-of-state students make up approximately five percent of the total enrollment of Virginia’s Community Colleges.

TUITION DIFFERENTIALS
There were no differential tuition increase requests for fall 2018, meaning that the tuition differential rates remain unchanged from last year for the eight colleges that implement them (Germanna, John Tyler, Northern Virginia, Piedmont Virginia, Reynolds, Tidewater, Thomas Nelson, and Virginia Western).

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Since 1966, Virginia’s Community Colleges have given everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. By making higher education and workforce training available in every part of Virginia, we elevate all of Virginia. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve approximately 252,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

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RICHMOND – Dr. Glenn DuBois, the chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges, announced today that he is appointing an interim president to lead Tidewater Community College following the retirement of its current president at the beginning of July.

[caption id="attachment_28194" align="alignright" width="214"] Dr. Gregory T. DeCinque[/caption]

Dr. Gregory T. DeCinque – pronounced dee-SINK-yew – begins work at the beginning of July, 2018. Dr. Edna V. Baehre Kolovani, recently announced her retirement after serving as the college’s president since 2012.

DeCinque has presided over three different community colleges throughout his 44 year career in higher education. He was the acting president of Tunxis Community-Technical College, in Farmington, CT, for more than a year beginning in August 1992. He spent nearly 20 years as the president of Jamestown Community College in New York before retiring in August 2013. In addition, he served for nearly two years as the interim president of Cayuga Community College in Auburn, NY through the summer of 2015.

“Greg DeCinque is a respected and seasoned community college leader,” said DuBois. “I expect him to continue many of the student-focused initiatives underway at TCC, like the guided pathways work that will soon begin its first wave. I’m confident in his ability to unite the college community around the necessary work to increase enrollment, student success, and student completion – and see to it that TCC is the difference-maker that the community needs it to be.”

DeCinque holds a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin; a master’s degree from New York University; and a bachelor’s degree from Montclair State College.

“I’m extremely honored that Dr. DuBois has offered me an opportunity to work with the Virginia’s Community Colleges and specifically Tidewater Community College,” said DeCinque. “Both the system and the college has a great reputation for providing high quality education and training to the communities that they serve. Both my wife, Laura, and I look forward to meeting the members of the TCC community and all of southern Hampton Roads. I’m excited for the opportunity to implement the guided pathways work that will soon begin, as well as the continued expansion of the workforce training programs the college offers.”

Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, Tidewater Community College serves South Hampton Roads with four campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach and 7 regional centers. TCC is the largest provider of higher education and workforce services in Hampton Roads, enrolling more than 34,000 students in 2016-17.

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Since 1966, Virginia’s Community Colleges have given everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. By making higher education and workforce training available in every part of Virginia, we elevate all of Virginia. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 252,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

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RICHMOND – Dr. Paula P. Pando, of Atlantic Highlands, NJ, will become the next permanent president of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. That announcement was made today by Dr. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. Pando’s selection concludes a national search that attracted 102 applicants.

“Paula Pando’s life is a uniquely American success story,” said DuBois. “She was very young when her family came to the U.S. from Chile. She had to learn a new language and a new culture, and she has excelled ever since. She has built an impressive career, focused on helping people find and leverage opportunity, and I expect her to be a terrific president for Reynolds Community College.”

Pando has worked in higher education for more than 21 years. She began her career in 1994 as the director of campus activities and programs at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, NJ. Beginning in 2000, Pando worked as a consultant for a New York firm, facilitating sensitivity and diversity training, among other topics.

In 2003, she joined Hudson County Community College, in Jersey City, NJ, as the associate dean for student services. She has since risen through the ranks, holding three different vice presidencies, including her current role as senior vice president for student and educational services.

“I am thrilled and humbled to have the opportunity to lead Reynolds Community College as it approaches its half-century mark of providing the Richmond area outstanding educational opportunities, and to join the forward-thinking community college system that is the VCCS,” Pando said.

In 2017, Pando was among 38 leaders from across the country selected for the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence, a rigorous 10 month applied leadership program. Pando holds a doctorate from Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ; a master’s degree from Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, NJ; and bachelor’s degree from Stockton University in Pomona, NJ.

“Reynolds was blessed to receive an array of well-qualified candidates interested in serving as the next president of the college. This made our job very difficult. We selected a person who we believe is extremely well-qualified,” said Stephen E. Baril, chair of the Reynolds Community College local board. “She received outstanding reviews from faculty, staff, community leaders, and the College Board. We are delighted that Dr. Paula Pando has accepted our offer to be the next president of our college.”

Pando will become the college’s fourth president, succeeding Dr. Gary Rhodes, who will retire on September 1 after serving in that role for 16 years.

Serving more than 16,000 students annually, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College is the youngest and among the largest of 23 community colleges in Virginia. The college operates three campuses serving residents in the City of Richmond and the counties of Henrico, Hanover, Goochland, Powhatan and Louisa.

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Since 1966, Virginia’s Community Colleges have given everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. By making higher education and workforce training available in every part of Virginia, we elevate all of Virginia. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 252,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

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RICHMOND —Virginia’s Community Colleges (VCCS) and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) are working together to reduce barriers and make college transfer seamless for students who attend J. Sargeant Reynolds (JSRCC) or John Tyler (JTCC) community colleges and aspire to attend VCU. The collaboration between the VCCS and VCU to build new transfer models, for students majoring in arts and humanities, is being underwritten by grants awarded to the institutions by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The new transfer models, called the “Guided Pathways to Arts and Humanities” by VCCS and “Mapping Pathways to the Arts and Humanities” at VCU, will support four-year pathways in humanities and select arts disciplines between VCU and John Tyler Community College and J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, and will accelerate baccalaureate degree completion and strengthen faculty collaborations between the partner institutions. Those students will follow guided pathways focused on courses offered at the community colleges that will be aligned with major maps of the full undergraduate experience at VCU, including curricular, co-curricular and experiential and applied learning opportunities. Faculty members from all the participating institutions will collaborate to design the shared courses and curricula. Students will also receive comprehensive transfer advising along the way.

“This is an exciting opportunity to build a smarter, more student-focused transfer blueprint that could then be applied to other programs and other institutions,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “Ideally, this process will build a college transfer experience that is closer to the expectations of our students, will result in the loss of fewer college credits along the way, and will help students seeking a bachelor’s degree reduce their debt burden. We couldn’t ask for better partners in this work than VCU and the Mellon Foundation.”

The first year of the three-year, grant funded effort will focus on evaluation and planning. The first cohort of students to participate in it will occur in 2019, and one of the key outcomes by the end of the grant period is to develop and implement dual admission policies and processes for interested and eligible students. In addition, a select group of Mellon Fellows identified by the community colleges would participate in undergraduate research and learning experiences beyond those available to today’s transfer students in preparation for their successful transition to VCU.

“The generous grants from The Mellon Foundation help make VCU’s mission to provide students with a high-quality undergraduate experience possible,” said VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D. “I look forward to collaborating with my colleagues at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College and John Tyler Community College to develop a seamless transfer process that is easy to navigate and cost-efficient for students. Collectively, our goal is to ensure that students receive an education that will prepare them for their next step in life. I am confident we will succeed.”

The Mellon Foundation awarded $1.48 million to the VCCS, and $868,000 to VCU, to support the planning and execution of this new transfer model. The grants represent the first award the Mellon Foundation has made to either institution.

“As more than one-third of America’s 17.5 million undergraduates are enrolled in community colleges, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has sought to support innovative partnerships that provide new pathways for aspiring humanities students to obtain four-year degrees,” said Mariët Westermann, executive vice president for programs and research at the Mellon Foundation. “In addition to providing scholarly resources for community college faculty and students, collaborations of this sort also give university faculty and doctoral students insight into diversity and inclusion practices that are the hallmark of community college classrooms.”

The VCCS currently holds a guaranteed articulation agreement with VCU. Historically, approximately 75 students a year transfer from J. Sargeant Reynolds and John Tyler to VCU in the arts and humanities. This collaborative effort aims to increase the number of transfer students in the arts and humanities, but more importantly, to ensure that these students successfully compete with other degree-seeking students and prepare them for careers or graduate education.

All told, the VCCS holds formal, statewide transfer agreements with nearly three-dozen four-year universities, including VCU. In addition, Virginia’s 23 community colleges offer hundreds of local articulation agreements, and Virginia has a tuition grant in place to encourage transfer students to complete their associate degree before transitioning to a university.

The VCCS and VCU grants were awarded through The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Community College-Research University Partnerships, a special initiative of its program in Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities. This initiative, which grew out of the Mellon Foundation’s 2014 strategic plan, aims to foster collaborations that can respond effectively to challenges across the system of higher education. The growing role of community colleges in that ecosystem, which has been promoted by a range of federal and state entities, is of great interest to the Mellon Foundation.

The Mellon Foundation’s initial grants in support of such collaborations in Cleveland, Seattle, San Diego, San Francisco, Baltimore, New York City, and now Virginia, focus on partnerships between universities and community colleges that have strong humanities leadership and that share a commitment to successful humanities transfer. Given the enormous size of the community college sector and the wide variety of articulation agreements between two- and four-year institutions across the US, the Foundation has sought to identify areas of intervention that can gain scale and be replicated around the country.

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Since 1966, Virginia’s Community Colleges have given everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. By making higher education and workforce training available in every part of Virginia, we elevate all of Virginia. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve approximately 252,000 students each year. For more, please visit www.vccs.edu.

About VCU and VCU Health: Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 217 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Thirty-eight of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 11 schools and three colleges. The VCU Health brand represents the VCU health sciences academic programs, the VCU Massey Cancer Center and the VCU Health System, which comprises VCU Medical Center (the only academic medical center and Level I trauma center in the region), Community Memorial Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, MCV Physicians and Virginia Premier Health Plan. For more, please visit www.vcu.edu and vcuhealth.org.

About The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: The Mellon Foundation endeavors to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies. To this end, it supports exemplary institutions of higher education and culture as they renew and provide access to an invaluable heritage of ambitious, path-breaking work. The Foundation makes grants in five core program areas: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities; Arts and Cultural Heritage; Diversity; Scholarly Communications; and International Higher Education and Strategic Projects. For more, please visit https://mellon.org.

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RICHMOND – The Virginia State Board for Community Colleges approved a process, at its regular July meeting, to examine the sustainability of VCCS institutions. The measure, which focuses on accessibility, effectiveness, and efficiency within the VCCS, is a response to a recommendation from a recent Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) study that identified the lack of any process in VCCS Policy Manual for considering college consolidations and closings.

“Everyone on this Board is here to support our colleges in their urgent mission to serve people,” said Robin Sullenberger, chair of the State Board for Community Colleges. “And it makes sense to have the tools necessary to examine our own efficiency and ensure that we are being responsible both to the students we serve and the taxpayers who support us.”

A task force consisting of three former members of the State Board and three retired presidents wrote the Policy to Maintain Accessibility, Effectiveness, and Efficiency with the VCCS. All six of those individuals live in rural Virginia, and the presidents had all worked at small colleges. They were selected to ensure the nuances and unique considerations of the communities most likely to be touched by this policy were priority considerations in its creations.

“The VCCS is home to some of the very biggest and some of the very smallest higher education institutions in Virginia,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “I commend the committee for their work. They found a fair balance between our mission of affordability and access and our fiscal responsibility.”

Under the new policy, each of Virginia’s 23 community colleges will be evaluated annually, based on factors including effective delivery of programs to students, and recognizing the role the college plays in its local community. Detailed assessments will be conducted for colleges that fall below certain thresholds, including number of students served, population of service area, and cost of programs relative to the rest of the community college system.

“Should a college undergo a detailed assessment, there are requirements to gather information and perspectives from community stakeholders, and that’s important,” said Sullenberger. “Everyone knows that a community college is more than just some numbers on a spreadsheet.”

The annual evaluations required by the new policy will begin before the end of the calendar year. Should the findings necessitate a detailed assessment; the results of it will go to the chancellor, who would make a recommendation for Board consideration.

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Since 1966, Virginia’s Community Colleges have given everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. By making higher education and workforce training available in every part of Virginia, we elevate all of Virginia. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 252,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

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FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – In their first two years, FastForward workforce training programs at Virginia’s Community Colleges (VCCS) have enabled Virginians to earn more than 11,000 industry-recognized credentials to advance their careers. The most recent statistics were shared with the Virginia State Board for Community Colleges at its scheduled July meeting.

“Thanks to FastForward, thousands of our fellow-Virginians have been able to secure new jobs and career promotions,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “In the process, many of these newly-empowered workers are enjoying healthy wage hikes, and Virginia businesses are finding more of the skilled workers they need.”

“When we first proposed this initiative, we hoped to achieve 10,000 new credentials in the first two years, and we did even better than that,” DuBois added. “But the numbers tell only part of the story.”

This spring, the VCCS surveyed people who trained through FastForward. Nearly 700 FastForward graduates responded.

Here’s a sampling of their survey responses:

“I was stuck in a dead end job for a boss I didn't like. Training was very satisfying, fun, and informative. After training, I got a job right away in a field that I like. I'm getting experience toward getting the job I want, which would not be possible without the training.”

“I needed a job with benefits and I was tired of working weekends. Now I am working a job that is Monday-Friday, and I love it. I am being challenged and supported by my supervisors, and my coworkers are good to get along with.”

“I had worked at a basically dead-end job for years and had few marketable skills. Within the first two sessions of class, I felt like I was finally moving forward in life. It only took me about two weeks after training to find a job in the field I trained for.”

“I was very frustrated with the part time work I was doing, with low pay and no benefits. I had been out of the work force taking care of my elderly mother, but it was only for two and a half years. After she died, I could not get anyone to hire me for a full time job with benefits. People said things like ‘We don't hire anyone who hasn't worked in a while’ as if there was something wrong with me for taking care of my mother. I had to beg for food and medicine to survive, even with the part time job. I was so glad to be able to take a short-term training program at night that showed that I could learn new skills and was willing to work in a challenging field. I passed the National certification exam and began applying for jobs. I was chosen for the first one I was interviewed for! I love my new job, and have the pay and benefits I need. The instructor was wonderful.”

“Coming from retail work but with huge passion to join the health care field to save lives, I had no knowledge about health care. But after taking my CCMA program, I totally am on the right track of achieving my dream of being a part of the health care team to save lives.”

“We’re grateful for the General Assembly’s continued support for the Workforce Credential Grant program that makes FastForward programs so affordable to Virginians,” said DuBois. “We’re proud to share some of the stories that show FastForward is changing lives for the better in Virginia.”

Learn more at www.fastforwardva.org.

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Since 1966, Virginia’s Community Colleges have given everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. By making higher education and workforce training available in every part of Virginia, we elevate all of Virginia. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 252,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

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