- Collaborative project by Wytheville Community College, Patrick Henry Community College, New River Community College and Southwest Virginia Community College – $412,856 to expand WCC’s current commercial truck driver's license program to serve regional needs and train drivers across four community college territories.
- Collaborative project by Piedmont Virginia Community College, Germanna Community College and Central Virginia Community College – $163,785 to purchase trailer and training equipment to build a mobile welding school that will be shared by the three colleges.
- Collaborative project by Southside Virginia Community College, Patrick Henry Community College and Danville Community College – $601,651 to establish a regional training program for commercial truck drivers.
- Collaborative project by Germanna Community College, Paul D. Camp Community College and Virginia Western Community College - $179,313 to expand GCC’s public-private partnership with the Virginia Asphalt Association and VDOT for trained asphalt technologists to serve regional needs.
- Blue Ridge Community College - $500,152 for welding and machining, and commercial driver’s license programs.
- Central Virginia Community College - $299,900 for credential training programs in project management, healthcare, information technology, manufacturing and human resources.
- Community College Workforce Alliance (Reynolds and Tyler Community Colleges) - $100,000 for commercial truck drivers training.
- Eastern Shore Community College - $118,859 for expanded training in healthcare, cybersecurity and commercial truck drivers.
- Germanna Community College - $283,237 to establish a new facility in Fredericksburg to deliver training in welding, manufacturing, skilled trades.
- Lord Fairfax Community College - $375,587 to increase workforce training capacity in multiple programs in manufacturing, logistics, and healthcare.
- New River Community College - $131,781 for certification training in manufacturing, pharmacy technician.
- Northern Virginia Community College - $121,491 to expand industry credential programs and corresponding job placement services in IT, healthcare, welding, and commercial driver's license.
- Patrick Henry Community College - $110,605 for credentials training in health care, medical billing and coding.
- Paul D. Camp Community College - $199,609 to establish new credential training for industrial maintenance electrical and instrumentation.
- Piedmont Virginia Community College - $300,000 to expand training in healthcare, aviation, logistics, and cybersecurity.
- Southwest Virginia Community College - $200,000 for credentials training for health care and building trades.
- Thomas Nelson Community College - $416,565 to create EKG technician and plumber programs and to redesign six other programs in health sciences and skilled trades.
- Tidewater Community College - $200,000 for training programs in welding and cybersecurity.
- Virginia Highlands Community College - $194,400 for healthcare and commercial truck drivers.
- Virginia Western Community College - $100,000 for certification training for computer machining operations.
- Wytheville Community College - $231,231 to expand existing power lineman training in collaboration with Southside Virginia Community College.
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 — A handful of Virginia’s Community Colleges will soon be working together to elevate early childhood education in the commonwealth thanks to a $1 million personal gift from Ben and Betty Davenport. The funding will establish the Davenport Early Childhood Development Institute in partnership with four of Virginia’s Community Colleges: Danville, Patrick Henry, Virginia Western, and New River community colleges.
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the gift at the 50th Anniversary gala celebration, hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education, in Richmond on Saturday.
"We believe every child should have the opportunity to have a successful, productive life,” the Davenports stated. “We like to compare childhood development to planting a crop. You would never sow the seeds without first preparing the ground and nurturing the planting until time to harvest. Similarly, children need proper care and educational instruction from the beginning of life. The community college system is at the forefront of providing the training to make this happen."
The Institute’s purpose is to create a talented workforce in Southern and Southwestern Virginia to ensure access to high-quality training and education for individuals working in childcare centers or family childcare homes, and increasing access to high quality childcare options for all working parents. Programming will include training, a network of professional development opportunities, coaching, and a Fellows Program, which will provide select students with financial incentives, service opportunities and leadership experiences.
“Early childhood development is increasingly important to tomorrow’s Virginia,” said Glenn DuBois, VCCS chancellor. “It’s one of those unmet needs our colleges were created to address. The future of Virginia’s workforce and economy is related to quality education starting at birth. This timely gift will ensure that a more qualified early childhood development workforce is available for years to come.”
The Davenports of Chatham, Virginia, are longtime philanthropists, with a special interest in education. Ben Davenport currently serves as chairman of two companies, each of which employs more than 100 area residents – Davenport Energy and First Piedmont Corporation, a full-service waste management company he started in 1969. Both of the Davenports have a history of advocating on behalf of early childhood education. Betty has served on the board of Smart Beginnings Danville/Pittsylvania, and Ben is director emeritus of the Virginia Early Childhood 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 approximately 340,000 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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