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RICHMOND – Dr. Janet Gullickson will become the sixth president of Germanna Community College. That announcement was made today by Dr. Glenn DuBois, the chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. Gullickson’s hiring caps off a process that began with a national search, which attracted more than 100 candidates, and finished last month with open-to-the-community visits of three finalists to the college.

“Janet brings outstanding qualifications to this presidency,” said DuBois. “She’s a dynamic community college educator with an impressive resume of significant leadership positions. I’m excited to bring her aboard and confident she’ll do a great job at Germanna.”

Gullickson has presided over two community colleges, including her current position as the president of Spokane Falls Community College, a position she has held since 2012. Prior to that, she served two years as the chief academic officer for the second largest district of the Community Colleges of Spokane. Gullickson served as the president of Front Range Community College in Westminster, CO between 2004 and 2005. She was also the interim president and provost in Minnesota of what is now called the Northeast Higher Education District, which includes Ely, Eveleth and Virginia.

She holds a doctorate in education from the University of Minnesota, a master’s degree from South Dakota State University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota.

“This wasn’t an easy choice and that’s a compliment to the process and the finalists it produced,” said William E. Thomas, of Culpeper, the chair of the Germanna Community College local board. “The community really engaged with this process and they felt a strong connection to Dr. Gullickson. She really shares their priorities, and seems to understand the challenges we face in a fast-growing region. During our interview Janet indicated that she very much wanted to be the next president of Germanna, but only if she was a good fit. The responses from college employees, as well as many stakeholders was that they saw her as a great fit. We look forward to working with her when she arrives this summer.”

Gullickson will succeed Dr. David Sam, who has served as Germanna’s president for nearly a decade. Sam announced last summer that he would retire at the end of the current academic year.

Germanna Community College, which opened in 1970, is a two-year, public institution of higher education, serving a total headcount of about 13,000, including both students in academic courses and workforce development training, in the counties of Caroline, Culpeper, King George, Madison, Orange, Spotsylvania, Stafford and the city of Fredericksburg.

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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WHAT: The New Horizons 2017 conference, the premier teaching and learning conference hosted by Virginia’s Community Colleges, will include remarks by two special allies of higher education: former Virginia First Lady and Secretary of Education, Anne Holton, and U.S. Senator, Mark R. Warner.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
12:45 pm (Hotel Roanoke Ballroom)
The Honorable Anne Holton
Former Virginia Secretary of Education, former Executive Director of the Great Expectations program for foster youth

Thursday, April 13, 2017
10:30 am (Hotel Roanoke Ballroom)
The Honorable Mark Warner
Virginia’s Senior U.S. Senator

WHERE: Hotel Roanoke
110 Shenandoah Avenue
Roanoke, VA 24016

WHO: In addition to Ms. Holton and Sen. Warner, more than 750 guests will participate in New Horizons, including State Board for Community College members, college presidents, community college leaders, local board members, faculty and staff.

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RICHMOND – The State Board for Community Colleges has certified four finalists for the position of president at New River Community College. The finalists were among more than 90 applicants from across the nation.

The four finalists include Dr. David L. Brand of Fayetteville, NC; Dr. Pat Huber of Pulaski, VA; Dr. Susan Short of Salem, VA; and Dr. Kristen A. Westover of Martinsville, VA.

“The New River Community College presidency is attracting some impressive and diverse talent from both inside and outside Virginia,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “The focus our colleges are placing on student success, our innovative approaches to providing short-term workforce training and our stability make us attractive to high-performing education leaders who are seeking their next career step.”

Dr. David L. Brand has worked in higher education for the last 18 years, following a 23-year career in the United States Army from which he retired at the rank of Major. Brand currently serves as the senior vice president and chief academic officer of Fayetteville Technical Community College in North Carolina, a role he has held since 2012. Prior to that, he worked as the director of the Department of Education, a senior civilian role at the U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, NC. He also worked as the senior military training and education analyst at the Center for Army Lessons Learned, based at Fort Leavenworth, KS. Brand also worked as the chief academic officer and dean of the college at Bauder College in Atlanta. For six years he worked at DeVry University and Keller Graduate School of Management in Atlanta, where he began as a director of academic operations, rose to become the dean of the education center and then the regional director of operations. Brand earned a doctorate of education from the University of South Carolina; a master’s degree from the University of Houston and a bachelor’s degree from Troy State University.

Dr. Pat Huber has worked in education for 41 years, and has worked at New River Community College since 1988 where she began as an adjunct English instructor. Huber began working at NRCC full-time in 1992 as an assistant professor. From there, she rose through the ranks becoming an assistant division chair in 1999, a dean in 2005 and vice president for instruction and student services in 2007 – the position she holds today. Huber also served as the interim vice president for academic and student services at Wytheville Community College during the spring and summer of 2003. Huber earned a doctorate in community college leadership from Old Dominion University; a master’s degree from West Virginia University in Morgantown; a bachelor’s degree from Emory & Henry College in Emory, VA; and an associate degree from Wytheville Community College.

Dr. Susan Short has more than 36 years of experience working in higher education, with a blend of community college and university experience. She currently serves as the associate vice president for engagement at Virginia Tech – a position she has held since 2011. Short began her career as an admissions counselor at Shenandoah College and Conservatory in Winchester, VA. She later worked as a graduate counselor at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. Short worked for 20 years at Lord Fairfax Community College, in Winchester, VA, beginning in 1984 as a counselor/coordinator of student services. She also served as the director of student support services and the director of instruction and student services, ultimately rising to vice president of instruction and services. Short began working for Virginia Tech in 2004, first as the college’s Roanoke Center director and Commonwealth Campus Centers Program leader. She also worked as the college’s outreach program development director before rising to her current role. Short earned a doctorate of junior and community college education from Virginia Tech; a master’s degree from Shippensburg University; and two bachelor’s degrees from Shenandoah College and Conservatory.

Dr. Kristen A. Westover has more than 25 years of experience in higher education. She currently serves as the vice president for academic and student services at Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville, a position she has held since 2011. Previously, she served as higher education program coordinator at the University of Texas in Austin, from 2009-2011. From 2008-2009, she also served as director of technical programs for the Kansas Board of Regents. In 2016, the Aspen Institute selected Westover for inclusion in the inaugural class of its national Aspen Presidential Fellows program. She holds a doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University in Florida, and both a master’s degree in instructional technology and a bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University in Kansas.

The four finalists are vying to succeed Dr. Jack Lewis, who retired last year after serving NRCC for 42 years, including 17 as college president. Longtime Virginia community college leader, Dr. Charlie White, is currently serving at the college’s interim president.

The finalists will each spend a day or more on the campus of NRCC in April, to meet with faculty, staff, students and community members.

New River Community College, which opened in 1969, is a comprehensive community college located in Virginia’s New River Valley, serving an estimated 4,500 students in the counties of Montgomery, Floyd, Pulaski and Giles and the city of Radford.

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 – A committee of the State Board for Community Colleges will meet on Friday, March 31, 2017, at 12:15 p.m. at the VCCS System Office at 300 Arboretum Place, Suite 200, Richmond, VA to certify a panel of finalists under consideration to become the next President of New River Community College (NRCC).

Dr. Charlie White is serving as the college’s interim president. Dr. Jack Lewis, the college’s fifth president, retired in December after serving the college for more than 42 years, including 17 as president.

The national search to find New River’s next permanent president has attracted more than 90 applicants. The finalists certified by the Board will each spend a day on campus in April to meet with faculty, staff, students and community members.

New River Community College, which opened in 1969, is a comprehensive community college located in the New River Valley of Virginia, serving an estimated 4,500 students in the counties of Montgomery, Floyd, Pulaski and Giles, and the city of Radford.

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 will convene its regular meeting on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in the Conference Center Gallery on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College at 1651 E. Parham Rd., Richmond, VA 23228.

State Board Committees will meet on Wednesday, March 15, also in the Conference Center Gallery. The Academic, Student Affairs and Workforce Development Committee and the Budget and Finance Committee meet at 1:30 p.m. (Salons 3 and 2 respectively); the Facilities Committee and the Personnel Committee meet at 3 p.m. (Salon 2 and the Executive Board Room respectively); and the Audit Committee meets at 3:45 p.m. in Salon 3. An Executive Committee meeting will take place at the conclusion of all other committee meetings in the Executive Board Room.

Public comment will be received at each regular meeting of the board following the approval of minutes. Persons desiring to comment must notify the Chancellor’s Office in advance as specified by the VCCS Policy Manual.

A complete agenda for the State Board meeting is available at:  http://www.boarddocs.com/va/vccs/Board.nsf/Public.

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 Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) has partnered with one of the nation’s largest retailers to respond to a growing need in the local labor market.

Thanks to a generous $80,000 grant from Walmart, the VFCCE is pledging to help hundreds of Richmond-area community college students pay for their certification exams.

The students targeted for assistance through the Workforce Credential Award initiative have completed their studies in a high-demand field like manufacturing, IT, or healthcare but may not be able to afford the cost of the certification exam (average cost of $200). The lack of certification delays their entry into the workforce.

The target population for the initiative are students at J. Sargeant Reynolds and John Tyler Community Colleges who have completed an industry-recognized and approved credit workforce training program but lack the financial resources to pay for the required certification exam.

Awards will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. The grant is expected to fund certification exams for an estimated 360 students. It is projected that 90% of the students who participate in the program will pass the exam and immediately enter the workforce in the Greater Richmond area.

Featured image (l to r): Dr. Sharon Morrissey, vice chancellor for academic services & research, Dr. Gary Rhodes, president, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Glenn DuBois, chancellor, Peter Johnson, Walmart market manager (north Richmond), Dennis Dickson, Walmart market manager (south Richmond), Robert Davis, Walmart regional general manager, Dr. Ted Raspiller, president, John Tyler 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; 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: 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 300,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

 

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~Funds support solar/renewable workforce development at seven community colleges~

Richmond, Va. – Virginia’s Community Colleges are creating and expanding training programs for those seeking careers in renewable energy, thanks in part to a grant of $150,000 from the Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Virginia Power.

The grant to the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education, or VFCCE, is helping seven community colleges fund new energy labs and equipment, allowing them to offer solar panel technician training and other renewable energy courses. The community colleges benefitting from the initiative are John Tyler, Northern Virginia, Tidewater, Virginia Highlands, Mountain Empire, Southside Virginia and Central Virginia.

Virginia aspires to be a leader in solar produced power, but needs to bolster its solar workforce to leverage significant investments being made in the sector. Installing and maintaining solar panels for solar farms, residential communities, commercial developments and other structures will require more skilled workers.

“Virginia can’t afford to miss out on a growing industry like solar energy because our workforce lacks the training and skills to seize the opportunity,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “We are delighted to work with Dominion to prepare the next generation of solar workers – another big example of our efforts to meet the needs of Virginia’s business community to help grow the Commonwealth’s economy.”

Virginia currently ranks 30th in the nation for solar energy production, but many companies, including Dominion Virginia Power, are forging ahead to add solar energy to the grid. Dominion is committed to developing 400 megawatts of renewable energy by 2020. It currently has 398 megawatts of large-scale solar facilities (enough to power 95,000 homes) under development or in operation in 12 Virginia localities. In January, the company completed three large-scale solar farms that employed 550 workers during construction.

“Virginia’s community colleges are uniquely positioned to provide the training for skilled workers in renewable energy fields,” said Hunter A. Applewhite, president of the Dominion Foundation. “We are excited to support these initiatives that will help boost job growth in Virginia.”

This workforce development project started in 2016. It will grow in 2017 to expand the curriculum to all community colleges that offer energy programs. The curriculum will also support expansion of energy programs at high schools through dual enrollment and usage of mobile solar labs.

About the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE)
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/giving.

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 300,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

About Dominion
Dominion (NYSE: D), is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy. The Dominion Foundation is dedicated to improving the physical, social and economic well-being of the communities served by Dominion companies, including Dominion Virginia Power. The Foundation supports nonprofit causes that meet basic human needs, protect the environment, support education and promote community vitality. For more information, visit www.dom.com.

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RICHMOND – The State Board for Community Colleges has certified three finalists for the position of president at Germanna Community College. The finalists were among more than 100 applicants from across the nation.

The three finalists include Dr. John R. Donnelly of Charlottesville, VA; Dr. Janet Gullickson, of Spokane, WA; and Dr. Linda Thomas-Glover, of Onley, VA.

“This opportunity at Germanna is attracting an impressive breadth and depth of talent,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “We take that as a vote of confidence in the college, as well as the entire Virginia Community College System. Our focus on student success, our innovative approaches to providing short-term workforce training and our stability make us attractive to community college leaders who yearn to make a difference.”

Dr. John R. Donnelly is currently vice president for instruction and student services at Piedmont Virginia Community College, a position he has held since 2010. Prior to that, he served for two years as vice president of academic and student affairs/provost for Massachusetts Bay Community College in Wellesley Hills, MA. Donnelly began his community college career as an adjunct instructor of history at Germanna Community College in 1999 and rose through the ranks serving as a full-time faculty member and eventually an assistant dean and dean at the college. He holds a doctorate in higher education from the University of Virginia, master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University.

Dr. Janet Gullickson has presided over two community colleges, including her current position as president of Spokane Falls Community College, a position she has held since 2012. Prior to that, she served two years as chief academic officer for the second largest district of the Community Colleges of Spokane. Gullickson served as president of Front Range Community College in Westminster, CO, between 2004 and 2005. She was also interim president and provost of what is now known as Minnesota’s Northeast Higher Education District. Gullickson holds a doctorate in education from the University of Minnesota, a master’s degree from South Dakota State University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota.

Dr. Linda Thomas-Glover is the current president of Eastern Shore Community College, a position she has held since 2009. Prior to that, she served as provost/chief academic officer of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College in Kentucky beginning in 2004. Thomas-Glover also worked for more than a decade at Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, NC, rising through several positions, ultimately serving a nine-month term as the college’s interim vice president of instruction. She holds a doctorate in chemistry from Temple University, a master’s degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a bachelor’s degree from South Carolina State College.

The three finalists are vying to succeed Dr. David Sam, who has served as Germanna’s president for nearly a decade. Sam announced last summer that he would retire at the end of the current academic year.

The finalists will each spend a day or more on the campuses of Germanna between Monday, March 20 and Thursday, March 30, 2017, to meet with faculty, staff, students and community members.

Germanna Community College, which opened in 1970, is a two-year, public institution of higher education, serving a total headcount of about 13,000, including both students in academic courses and workforce development training, in the counties of Caroline, Culpeper, King George, Madison, Orange, Spotsylvania, Stafford and the city of Fredericksburg.

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 – A committee of the State Board for Community Colleges will meet on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. in the Board Room of the System Office at 300 Arboretum Place, Suite 200, Richmond, VA, to certify a panel of finalists under consideration to become the next President of Germanna Community College.               

Dr. David Sam, who has served as Germanna’s president for nearly a decade, announced last summer that he would retire at the end of the current academic year.               

The process to replace Sam has attracted more than 100 applicants. Each of the finalists certified by the Board will spend a day on campus between Monday, March 20 and Thursday, March 30, 2017, to meet with faculty, staff, students and community members.               

Germanna Community College, which opened in 1970, is a two-year, public institution of higher education, serving a total headcount of about 13,000, including students in academic courses and workforce development training, in the counties of Caroline, Culpeper, King George, Madison, Orange, Spotsylvania, Stafford and the city of Fredericksburg.

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 300,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

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~ Affordable pricing, job prospects in high-demand careers attract students across every region of Virginia. ~

RICHMOND — Virginia’s unique pay-for-performance program to help more individuals earn the workforce credentials necessary for jobs in high-demand careers is, itself, generating high demand.

In just its first seven months, Virginia’s New Economy Workforce Industry Credential Grants program has enrolled 3,309 people, of which more than half have already completed training, and 824 have earned an industry-recognized credential in a high-demand field.

The credentials at the heart of this program are postsecondary, industry-recognized certifications and licensures that people achieve through short-term community college training programs in fields ranging from healthcare and information technology to manufacturing, skilled trades and logistics. The grants program focuses on specific skills that Virginia businesses say are in high demand and can lead to good jobs in growing career fields.

“These credential grants represent the most important change in the way the state prepares workers for jobs of the future. Businesses across the state told us to focus less on degrees and more on skills, and that is what this program does. We’re off to a good start,” said Del. Kathy Byron (R-Bedford County), who sponsored the legislation creating the grants program last year, along with state Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville).

The grants program, which relies on businesses to determine what credentials are in high demand within their region, is facilitated through the Virginia Board for Workforce Development. Community colleges respond to that need by creating or expanding short-term training programs. More than 130 specific training programs have been deemed eligible through that process.

“For years the business community has been concerned about the ability to find potential employees with the skills needed in today's economy. This program has given businesses hope that they are being heard, and that we are responding. I look forward to expanding this effort,” said Sen. Ruff.

Students who pursue these training programs are eligible for the grants on a first-come, first-served basis. The grants cover two-thirds of the training program costs, leaving students to pay for the remaining third, typically a price ranging between $100 and $1,100.

Nearly a third of the students who enroll in the program (28%) are pursing credentials in the healthcare field. A similar percentage (30%) are working toward logistics-related credentials. A quarter of the students are enrolled in manufacturing and welding (15%) and other skilled trades (9%). Information technology credentials, including cybersecurity, attracted 11% of grant students, and the remaining 8% are pursuing credentials in business and education.

“This is a good news story for both individuals and the employers who seek to hire them,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “These grants have accelerated the work of our colleges to deliver the trained and skilled workforce that everyone agrees is critical to Virginia’s economic future.”

The success of this program can be found in every region of Virginia, with colleges serving urban, suburban and rural communities all experiencing enrollment increases.

“This grant program is the most important economic development legislation that the General Assembly has passed in a decade,” said Brett Vassey, president and CEO of the Virginia Manufacturers Association. “Our members tell us that these industry-recognized credentials meet more than 60 percent of their workplace needs. This program is taking Virginia in the right direction.”

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 300,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

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