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State Board for Community Colleges November 2013 Business Meeting

RICHMOND – The State Board for Community Colleges will convene its regular meeting on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 at 9 a.m. in the Godwin-Hamel Board Room on the 15th floor of the James Monroe Building, 101 N. 14th Street, Richmond.

State Board Committees will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 20, also in the James Monroe Building. 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 Audit Committee meet at 3 p.m.; and the Personnel Committee meets at 3:45 p.m. An orientation session for new members will begin at 1 p.m. on Nov. 21. Agenda items for the regular business meeting on Nov. 21 include:

Academic, Student Affairs & Workforce – The State Board will consider program approvals for Central Virginia Community College to offer a new Associate of Applied Science in Computer and Electronics Technology-Computer Networking and also a new Associate of Applied Science in Nuclear Technology. The board will hear reports on system-wide transfer agreements, a new mobile app for the Virginia Education Wizard, and the success of veterans in community colleges, among other reports.

Facilities – The State Board will consider approval of plans for a parking garage at John Tyler Community College and a new entrance road and sign at New River Community College, among other facilities projects. A report will be received on a feasibility study for a Varina Center for J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

Budget and Finance – The State Board will receive updates on the state budget development process, on achieving administrative efficiencies, and will receive the financial report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Personnel Committee – The State Board will consider revisions to adjunct faculty contracts and to policies on 12-month administrative and professional faculty. A report on the Chancellor’s Task Force on Diversity will also be received.

Chancellor’s Report – Chancellor Glenn DuBois will introduce Mitzi S. Reynolds, new executive director of the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education, and will present a request for approval of President Emeritus. An educational presentation, “Focus on Teaching Excellence,” will be presented by Dr. Patti Lisk of Germanna Community College and Professor Callan Bentley of Northern Virginia Community College.

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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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NEWS RELEASE
November 19, 2013  

 
Michael A. Smith and Valley Proteins, Inc. Make Record Donation to VFCCE
$2 million gift leads Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative Fundraising

RICHMOND – Michael A. Smith and Valley Proteins, Inc., the family-owned company Smith operates with his brother, Gerald F. Smith, Jr., are each donating $1 million to the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE). The combined $2 million gift – among the largest ever made to a foundation supporting Virginia’s Community Colleges (VCCS) – becomes the lead gift for the foundation’s Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative.

“We are proud to say that we were born and raised here. The people and communities of the region have contributed to our family’s company ever since our grandfather opened it for business shortly after World War II. We believe in rural Virginia. That is why we are strategically investing in a plan to help bring rural Virginia back,” said Michael A. Smith, who also serves as the chair of the VFCCE.

RURAL VIRGINIA HORSESHOE INITIATIVE

The Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative, which will benefit from the gift, is a partnership between 14 Virginia community colleges, their foundations and the VFCCE. The ten-year initiative will help middle class families who mistakenly believe education past high school is out of reach; foster youth who are most at-risk; and adults who failed to finish high school but need money to pay for workforce training beyond a G.E.D.

“This is a transformative gift for our young statewide foundation. It comes from an employer with deep roots in Virginia. It is a validation of what our community colleges can do to ensure Virginia companies succeed and that every Virginia family can obtain the opportunity that higher education provides,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges.

A LEGACY OF GENEROUS INVESTMENTS

The $2 million gift is the latest in a series of significant investments that Valley Proteins has made in the VFCCE. That includes the Valley Proteins Endowment Fund that began awarding an annual grant in 2007 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 conducts its rendering operations.

The company has also funded the VFCCE’s Valley Proteins Fellows Program for three years. The fellowships, awarded to extraordinary second-year students attending a Virginia Community College include up to $5,000 for tuition, books, fees and expenses. In addition, the Fellows Program provides recipients with the opportunity to participate in unique academic and leadership opportunities.

“We are so grateful for the generosity and leadership Mike Smith and Valley Proteins have provided our foundation,” said Jennifer Gentry, VCCS vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement. “With their partnership we are making a difference for families across Virginia, and giving people the skills and knowledge they need to find success. This gift continues that work in a truly significant way.”

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; helping more Virginia foster youth pursue and complete higher education through its Great Expectations program; and leading a partnership to improve rural Virginia’s education pipeline through the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative.  For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu/Foundation.

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 credit and non-credit students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

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For immediate Release
12.5.2013

 

 

Chancellor Glenn DuBois Names Strategic Plan Taskforce Members
~ Taskforce will work through 2014 to shape next six-year plan ~

RICHMOND — Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges, has announced the members of the taskforce that will create the next VCCS six-year strategic plan. The group will begin working in January on a process that will last throughout 2014. The plan will succeed the current VCCS six-year strategic plan, Achieve 2015.

“I’m grateful for the leadership, experience and perspective these individuals will bring to this work,” said DuBois. “Individually, these task force members are among the star performers at their respective community colleges. Together, they are a powerful reminder of the deep well of talented higher education leaders that make our colleges such powerful resources to the communities we serve.”

The taskforce members are diverse, broadly drawn from most of Virginia’s 23 community colleges and represent all operational areas of a college, including two members of the Virginia State Board for Community Colleges and two students. The strategic planning taskforce members include:

Edna Baehre-Kolovani - President, Tidewater Community College
Rick Brehm - Vice President for Finance and Administration, Germanna Community College
Mikell Brown - Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, John Tyler Community College
Jeanian Clark - Vice President Of Workforce Solutions And Continuing Education, Lord Fairfax Community College
John Downey - President, Blue Ridge Community College
Charlie Errico - Professor of History, Northern Virginia Community College
Angela Falconetti - Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Virginia Western Community College
Frank Friedman - President, Piedmont Virginia Community College
Catherine Finnegan*- Assistant Vice Chancellor for Institutional Effectiveness, System Office
Angeline Godwin - President, Patrick Henry Community College
Ghazala Hashmi - Professor of English, Reynolds Community College
Monisha Holmes - Student, Rappahannock Community College
Tim Jones - Director of Information Technology, New River Community College
Daniel Lufkin - Vice President for Student Affairs, Thomas Nelson Community College
David Nutter - Board Member, State Board
Sheri Robertson - Associate Vice President for Academic Services, Northern Virginia Community College
Robin Sullenburger - Board Member, State Board
Donna Van Cleave - Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance, System Office
Armando Vega - Student, Tidewater Community College
*Finnegan is serving as the lead staff member to the taskforce.

John Downey, president of Blue Ridge Community College, will chair the taskforce. Edna Baehre-Kolovani, president of Tidewater Community College, will serve as co-chair.

Today’s announcement comes at the end of DuBois’s statewide listening tour. The eight-stop fall tour gave DuBois the opportunity to hear directly from elected; community; education; and economic development and business leaders about challenges that would benefit from greater community college focus.

“Increasingly, community colleges are being looked at as the go-to place for bringing a community together and building a consensus for designing its future. That’s a new 21st century role that we are being asked to fulfill, and our community colleges are up to the task,” said DuBois.

Under the current plan, Achieve 2015, Virginia’s Community Colleges have:

•More than doubled the number of minority and first generation students served;
•Increased both graduation and transfer rates; 
•Weathered an unprecedented combination of historic budget cuts and enrollment increases;
•More than doubled the number of Virginia employers served with tools like customized training; and 
•Remained on schedule to raise more than $550 million in philanthropic gifts and grants.
 
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 www.vccs.edu.

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For immediate Release
01.17.2014

 

State Board for Community Colleges January 2014 Business Meeting

RICHMOND – The State Board for Community Colleges will convene its regular meeting on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 9 a.m. in the Godwin-Hamel Board Room on the 15th floor of the James Monroe Building, 101 N. 14th Street, Richmond.

 State Board Committees will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 22, also in the James Monroe Building. 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. Board members will also meet beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22 to learn about the budget and legislative process and for training. Agenda items for the regular business meeting on Jan. 23 include:

 Academic, Student Affairs & Workforce – The State Board will receive the Annual Report of Student Success 2012-13; a Progress Report on Workforce Development for FY 2013; and a report on policy manual changes, among other information items.

 Facilities – The State Board will consider approval of a master site plan update for the Hampton Campus of Thomas Nelson Community College and a plan for J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College to lease space during the renovation of Georgiadis Hall on the Parham Road Campus. The board will also receive updates on all capital outlay and construction projects.

 Budget and Finance – The State Board will receive updates on the Governor’s budget recommendations for the biennium and will also hear a report on a benchmarking study being conducted as part of the reengineering process.

 Personnel Committee – The State Board will hear updates on a process to analyze human resource strategies across the system to identify opportunities for consolidation, standardization and automation.

 Chancellor’s Report – Chancellor Glenn DuBois will introduce Dr. Abby Stonerock, the new director of faculty development. Enrollment Reports and updates on the VCCS Reengineering Taskforce will also be presented, among other information items. 

 

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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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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~ 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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