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~ Credentials Will Open Doors to Promising, High-Demand Career Opportunities~

 RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced the launch of a new grant program designed to ensure that workforce credentials are accessible and affordable for Virginians seeking the skills they need to obtain good-paying jobs in high-demand fields.

The New Economy Workforce Industry Credentials Grant program covers 124 different community college training programs at Virginia’s Community Colleges geared toward providing workforce credentials at one-third of their former cost.

“This program establishes a first-in-the-nation performance funding formula to create and sustain a supply of credentialed workers who meet the needs identified by our business leaders,” said Governor McAuliffe. “This week’s launch is the culmination of many months of hard work by public and private sector partners, all of us working together to ensure that Virginia has a 21st century workforce with the skills and experience to compete in today’s global economy.”

Virginia’s Community Colleges consulted with Virginia businesses to develop the list of eligible credentials that can provide access to a wide variety of high-demand jobs, such as certified welder, electrician, medical records tech, computer network specialist, pharmacy tech, digital security specialist, emergency medical tech, industrial machinery mechanic, dental assistant, and commercial truck driver.  The Virginia Board of Workforce Development identified more than 170 in-demand jobs aligned with the Commonwealth’s economic development targets for which Virginians can prepare through the new workforce program.  

These are jobs that require specific skills, but not necessarily a traditional college degree. Community Colleges are making it even easier to earn workforce credentials by developing new programs and adding classes and locations for increased convenience.

“To create the skilled workforce the Commonwealth needs now and in the future, we need more options for training and credentialing that work for Virginians of all ages and life circumstances,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “With the New Economy Workforce Credentials program, for the first time, we have new options for workforce training and development that promptly get trainees into the skilled labor force.”

Research indicates that these workforce credentials are in high demand across Virginia and will be for the foreseeable future. The company Burning Glass produced a recent report indicating that there were more than 175,000 job vacancies for so-called middle-skill occupations last year in Virginia – the types of jobs that typically require some type of credential. The jobs paid more than $28 per hour (or more than $58,500 per year). According to the research, the jobs went unfilled for an average period of 26 days, which is longer than the national average. As a result, Virginia businesses lost 36.4 million hours of productivity. Virginia families lost more than $1 billion in potential wages, and Virginia’s General Fund lost more than $54.3 million in revenue.

Other studies predict that Virginia will have to fill more than 1.4 million jobs over the next decade. As many as two-thirds of those positions will require postsecondary level workforce credentials.

“The New Economy Workforce Industry Credentials Grant program will be a game changer for the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Education Dietra Trent. “The in-depth research that has gone into establishing this innovative program will help us to increase access and success in higher education, especially for some of our most underserved populations.”

Students enrolling in one of the workforce credential training programs covered by the new grants will pay only one-third of the normal cost. Program costs vary widely, depending on the length and complexity of the training. For a list of programs covered by the grants, visit this link on the VCCS website.

The maximum value of each grant is $3,000. For example, a student who enrolls in and successfully completes a grant-eligible program that normally costs $4,500 will now pay $1,500, and the grant covers $3,000 of the cost. Additional financial aid can offset that cost even further. More information is available at the workforce development offices of Virginia’s Community Colleges.

Governor McAuliffe won bipartisan support this year among Virginia lawmakers for funding to enable approximately 10,000 Virginians to receive Workforce Credentials Grants for training costs over the next two years. This unique performance-based funding model is the first in the nation. Further, it represents the first significant public funding for workforce training programs in the 50-year history of Virginia’s Community Colleges.

“These workforce credentials increasingly represent the American Dream in the 21st century,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “Individuals earn these credentials in weeks and months, not semesters and years. Those students are often quickly employed by businesses hungry for their skills. And they accomplish all that without piling on a decade’s worth of student debt.”

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 400,000 students each year.  For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu. To share a story about how community colleges change lives, visit 50.vccs.edu.

 

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RICHMONDThe State Board for Community Colleges will convene its regular meeting on Thursday, July 21, at 9 a.m. in the offices of the Virginia Community College System at 300 Arboretum Place, Richmond, Virginia, 23236.

State Board Committees will meet on Wednesday, July 20, also at 300 Arboretum Place. The Academic, Student Affairs, and Workforce Development Committee and the Budget and Finance Committee meet at 1:30 p.m.; the Facilities and Personnel Committees meet at 3 p.m.; and the Audit Committee meets at 3:30 p.m. An Executive Committee meeting will take place at the conclusion of all other committee meetings.

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 approximately 400,000 students each year.  For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu. To share a story about how community colleges change lives, visit 50.vccs.edu.

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RICHMOND – Faculty and staff members at Virginia’s Community Colleges will be working closer with their students to more accurately determine their academic and career goals and to ultimately help guide them across the finish line. Attaining the education and credentials they need will enable students to become more employable, higher paid, and stronger contributors to the workforce and community.

According to the State Council on Higher Education for Virginia, only 38% of VCCS first-time- in-college students complete an academic credential or continue their education as transfer students after four years. Data analyses indicate that low fall-to-fall retention is a significant reason that completion rates are so low.

“We want to help more students complete their journey toward a postsecondary credential,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “We’re not helping students who leave us only with a bag of credits. The credential is what holds value in the marketplace.”

During the 2015-16 academic year, Virginia’s Community Colleges established a Student Success Leadership Institute designed to develop collaborative leadership teams – including leaders from all levels – and empower those teams to create a compelling and clear action plan for enhancing the overall student experience and increasing the number of students who earn certificates, workforce credentials or associate degrees.

As part of that action plan, and in accordance with the 50th anniversary of Virginia’s Community Colleges, Chancellor Glenn Dubois will lead a listening tour during the 2016-2017 academic year to gather information from our 23 colleges on best practices for student success.

“We will continue to engage and enable our colleges and provide them with the technical and functional support that they need to do this work,” said Dr. Sharon Morrissey, vice chancellor for academic services and research. “We’ve done this in pockets but we’re talking about changing that conversation to one that is more of a continuum of student success as opposed to one-off initiatives that address very small populations.”

By 2018, Morrissey says the action plans should be fully implemented and the programmatic, process, and policy changes designed to improve student success outcomes should be part of each college’s culture.

“What we’re doing is taking a step back and celebrating our last 50 years and we’re looking forward to say how we can improve the things that we do that support the overall student experience for the students that we have today,” said Shauna Davis, executive director of the Student Success Center, which is being funded by a grant from the Kresge Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Virginia’s Community Colleges will continue to evaluate student success outcomes to identify and share the strategies that have the greatest impact on increases in student retention, progress, and completion.

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 400,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu. To share a story about how community colleges change lives, visit 50.vccs.edu.

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~ New rate represents smallest increase in more than a decade ~

RICHMOND —The State Board for Community Colleges established the 2016-2017 academic year in-state tuition and mandatory fees rate at $146.25 per credit hour at its regular May meeting.  Beginning this fall, in-state students will pay an additional $3.75 per credit hour – an increase of 2.6 percent – which means 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 represents the smallest increase in community college tuition in more than a decade, and keeps community college tuition and mandatory fees at approximately one-third of the comparable costs at Virginia’s public four-year colleges and universities.

Virginia’s Community Colleges will use the tuition increase to pay their share of employee pay raises; rising fringe benefit costs; and costs associated with using the state’s new accounting software. It will also pay for operating costs for new buildings.

“We are grateful for the investment the General Assembly and the Governor made in our colleges in the new biennial budget. Their partnership is essential to maintaining the affordability that is so important to our mission. This year’s modest tuition increase represents investments we must make to meet operating cost increases,” said Idalia Fernandez, chair of the State Board for Community Colleges.

Tuition differentials

The State Board also agreed to approve select increases in the tuition differential rates that are in addition to the base tuition.  The board approved increasing the differential for Northern Virginia Community College by $1.25 per credit hour. Even with the differential, NVCC’s tuition remains the lowest among comparable colleges in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

Further, the board approved an increase of 50 cents per credit hour to the tuition differential rate for John Tyler Community College in Chesterfield and the Tri-city area.

The tuition differential rates remain unchanged from last year for the following community colleges: Germanna in Fredericksburg; Piedmont Virginia, in Charlottesville; Reynolds in Richmond; Tidewater in Hampton Roads; Thomas Nelson on the Virginia Peninsula; and Virginia Western in Roanoke.

Out-of-state tuition

The State Board increased the tuition rate for out-of-state students by $5.75 per credit hour to a total of $342.85 per credit hour.  Out-of-state students make up approximately 5 percent of the total enrollment of Virginia’s Community Colleges.

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 400,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu. To share a story about how community colleges change lives, visit 50.vccs.edu.

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RICHMOND – The next president of Paul D. Camp Community College is Dr. Daniel Lufkin, currently vice president for student affairs at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton. Lufkin will assume his new post in early July, replacing Dr. William C. Aiken, who has served as PDCCC’s interim president since April, 2015.

“Dan is a rising star in our business. He’s the right leader for Paul D. Camp Community College at the right time. I’m confident that he can continue the momentum that has been achieved under his predecessor, Bill Aiken,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges.

VCCSLogo-smallLufkin has served as vice president for student affairs at Thomas Nelson Community College since 2013. Before that, he was dean of enrollment management at Maricopa County Community College District /Gateway in Phoenix, where he served as a member of the president’s leadership team from 2009-2013. Previously, he served as vice president for student affairs at MCCCD/Gateway.

“The selection of a new president is an arduous task, especially when you have a group of four well qualified candidates,” said Lynn Jones, chair of the Paul D. Camp Community College local board. “We are pleased that Dr. Daniel Lufkin has accepted the position of President for Paul D. Camp Community College. He brings a wealth of experience in higher education which will be beneficial as he leads PDCCC forward. Coupled with his warm and friendly personality, Dr. Lufkin is the right choice for the position.”

“I am honored and humbled to be named the next President of Paul D. Camp Community College,” Lufkin said. “The service region is very much like the area where I grew up, and I am eager to start making connections both on campus and in the community. The college plays a vital role in the success of the region, and I look forward to strengthening partnerships and developing programs that meet the needs of the students and communities we serve.”

Lufkin holds a doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University, FL, as well as a master’s in education from Northern Arizona University, and a bachelor’s degree from State University College at Potsdam, NY.

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 400,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu. To share a story about how community colleges change lives, visit 50.vccs.edu.

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RICHMOND – The State Board for Community Colleges has certified a group of four finalists for the position of president at Paul D. Camp Community College, with campuses in Suffolk and Franklin. The finalists were among 90 people who applied for the presidency from across the country.

The four finalists include Dr. Pamela Haney, of Matteson, IL; Dr. Daniel Lufkin, of Williamsburg; Dr. Mark Smith, of Temple, TX; and Dr. Kristen Westover, of Martinsville.

Dr. Pamela J. Haney is currently vice president of academic affairs for Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, IL, a position she has held since 2012. Previously, she served as dean of the college’s science, business, and computer technology department. From 2009-2010, Dr. Haney also served as assistant dean of the college’s academic initiatives program. She holds a doctorate in interpersonal communication from Bowling Green State University, OH, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Norfolk State University.

Dr. Daniel W. Lufkin is currently vice president for student affairs at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, a position he has held since 2013. Prior to that, he was dean of enrollment management at Maricopa County Community College District /Gateway in Phoenix, where he served as a member of the president’s leadership team from 2009-2013. Previously, he served as vice president for student affairs at MCCCD/Gateway. He holds a doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University, FL, as well as a master’s in education from Northern Arizona University, and a bachelor’s degree from State University College at Potsdam, NY.

Dr. Mark A. Smith is vice president of educational services at Temple College in Temple, TX, a position he has held since 2008. Previously, he served as associate vice president of the college’s distance education department. From 2003-2006, he also served as college director, student affairs for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston, MS. He holds a doctorate in education from Capella University in MN, and both a master’s degree in business administration as well as a bachelor’s degree in general studies from William Carey College in MS.

Dr. Kristen A. Westover is currently 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. She holds a doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University in FL., and both a master’s degree in instructional technology and a bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University in KS.

Candidates will attend on-campus interviews at PDCCC in late April. The college’s next president will be announced in May. The appointee will follow Dr. William C. Aiken, who has served as PDCCC’s interim president since April, 2015.

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 400,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu. To share a story about how community colleges change lives, visit 50.vccs.edu.

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Richmond – More than two dozen individuals, families, and businesses from around Virginia have earned the 2016 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy. The awards were presented at a luncheon ceremony at the Country Club of Virginia on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.

Hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE), the 11th annual event honors leading philanthropists from each of Virginia’s 23 community colleges as well as the statewide foundation. This year’s class of distinguished philanthropy leaders has contributed a combined total of more than $11 million dollars to Virginia’s Community Colleges.

In addition to helping community college students realize their dreams of continuing their education, keynote speaker Mike Petters, VFCCE board member and president and CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries, said donors also play a critical role in Virginia’s workforce development efforts.

“By supporting the foundation, you support access, affordability, and student success at every one of Virginia’s Community Colleges across the state from Big Stone Gap in southwestern Virginia to Melfa on the Eastern Shore – and 21 community colleges in between.”

Graciela Billingsley, this year’s Eva T. Hardy Commonwealth Scholarship Recipient, took to the podium to thank her benefactor. 

“This scholarship – you – have truly impacted my life because in continuing my higher education at Northern Virginia Community College, I will be able to continue to learn important course work that will be the foundation to my future.”

Recipients of the 2016 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy:

Blue Ridge Community College, Robert E. and Frances W. Plecker Family

Central Virginia Community College, Andrew H. and Anne O. Easley Trust

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, Highlands Community Bank

Danville Community College, Gene Haas Foundation

Eastern Shore Community College, The Late Donald Trufant

Germanna Community College, Adam and Rhonda Fried

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Steve Esbach

John Tyler Community College,  John Randolph Foundation

Lord Fairfax Community College, Luray Caverns Corporation

Mountain Empire Community College, Kline Foundation Board of Directors                               

New River Community College, Giles County

Northern Virginia Community College,  Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Patrick Henry Community College, Thomas P. Dalton Family

Paul D. Camp Community College, Hampton Roads Community Foundation and Dr. Deborah DiCroce

Piedmont Virginia Community College, The Perry Foundation

Rappahannock Community College,  John and Susan Moore

Southside Virginia Community College, Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives

Southwest Virginia Community College, The Gaynelle Lockhart Albert Family

Thomas Nelson Community College, Rotary Club of Newport News

Tidewater Community College, Barnes & Noble College

Virginia Highlands Community College, Eastman Credit Union

Virginia Western Community College, Optical Cable Corporation and Neil D. Wilkin, Jr.

Wytheville Community College, Robert “Tom” and Patty DuPuis

Virginia Foundation for Community College Education, Eva T. Hardy

About the Keynote Speaker: Mike Petters is president and CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries, America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of manufacturing, engineering and management services to the nuclear energy, oil and gas markets. Petters previously served as president of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding and as president of Northrop Grumman’s Newport News sector. He joined Newport News Shipbuilding in 1987 in the Los Angeles-class submarine construction division.

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 400,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu. To share a story about how community colleges change lives, visit 50.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; helping more Virginia foster youth pursue and complete higher education through the 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.

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RICHMOND – The State Board for Community Colleges Ad-Hoc Committee on Presidential Certification will meet on Monday, April 25, at 9 a.m.

The meeting will be held at the offices of Community Wealth Ventures Inc., 1825 K. Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., 20006. The purpose of the meeting is to certify finalists for the position of president of Paul D. Camp Community College, with campuses in Franklin and Suffolk.

Additional public locations for the meeting include Virginia Community College System offices at the Arboretum, 300 Arboretum Place, Richmond, Virginia, 23236.

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



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About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created in 1966, 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.

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RICHMOND — April 6 marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of legislation that created the Virginia Community College System.

Fifty years ago, the General Assembly passed and Governor Mills Godwin signed, on April 6, legislation that created the State Board for Community Colleges and the State Department of Community Colleges.

The legislation paved the way for what would become, by 1972, a statewide system of 23 comprehensive community colleges, realizing the vision of having higher education opportunity within commuting distance of all Virginians.

Virginia’s Community Colleges are marking the 50th Anniversary of the statewide system of comprehensive community colleges in 2016 with a year-long observance that celebrates the progress of the past 50 years as well as the promise of the future.

Since then, Virginia’s 23 colleges have served well over 2.6 million people, awarded more than 575,000 credentials and associate degrees, and launched countless numbers of transfer students into bachelor programs, advanced degrees, and successful careers.

The original legislation creating the system merged technical colleges that existed or were under construction with two-year branches of four-year institutions, and subsequently, with entirely new institutions to promote Godwin’s vision of a comprehensive community college that served both the transfer and the occupational needs of all Virginians.

Two colleges, Northern Virginia and Virginia Western, opened as part of the system in the fall of 1966, which grew to eight by the next fall and to 23 by the fall of 1972.

“Whatever else our community colleges may accomplish,” Godwin said at the 1967 dedication of John Tyler Community College, “they have taught us that we can never again think of a college education as something that belongs to the privileged or the few.”

In 2016, Virginia’s Community Colleges are celebrating tremendous gains while enthusiastically looking forward to the profound difference community colleges will make in Virginia’s new economy over the next half-century.

As part of that year-long observance, community members can share their stories regarding what community colleges have meant for them. A web landing page has been created to collect those stories at 50.vccs.edu.

(Featured image): This photo of legislation being signed appeared in the Richmond Times Dispatch on April 7, 1966.

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 400,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.To share a story about how community colleges change lives, visit 50.vccs.edu.

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RICHMOND – Virginia’s Community Colleges will open a shared services center in Botetourt County in July, 2016. The center, located at 147 Daleville Drive, was selected from among eight possibilities considered during a competitive bid process. The shared services center is a central component of a longer-term VCCS effort to increase efficiency by removing administrative burdens from Virginia’s 23 community colleges and the Richmond-based system office. The decision was announced, and the lease formally signed, during the regular March meeting of the Virginia State Board for Community Colleges.

A few dozen people are expected to work at the shared services center when operations begin this summer. That number is expected to increase as operations and services are phased into the center. The facility is capable of housing nearly 200 employees.

“This shared services center is an important part of our work in keeping faith with our students and taxpayers,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “Increasing our efficiencies with regard to backroom functions means that we can direct more resources to the tools and strategies that directly touch our students and contribute to their success. We’re also excited to locate this facility in rural Virginia. We’re convinced that the many benefits of the region, especially its workforce, will make this center a success.”

Jack Leffel, Chair of the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors said, “The addition of the Virginia Community College System Service Center to our county is simply enormous. This will not only provide for savings to the system but also provide jobs for the local community.”  County Administrator, Gary Larrowe said, “Botetourt is working hard to deliberately identify opportunities that will allow all sectors of our community to be successful. The addition of the VCCS jobs will allow for additional growth and thus helps all of us in the Roanoke Region.” He went on to say, “We look forward to a long and lasting relationship with VCCS in Botetourt.” 

Virginia’s Community Colleges are pursuing a shared services approach to its administrative processes after internal research indicated that moving some of those processes into a collaborative shared-services environment would increase the organization’s efficiency. The VCCS shared services center will be phased into operations with the goal of providing service to every Virginia community college and the VCCS system office in Richmond.  

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 400,000 students each year.  For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu. To share a story about how community colleges change lives, visit 50.vccs.edu.

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