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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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RICHMOND – The State Board for Community Colleges will convene its regular meeting on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at the new Regional Center for Workforce Education and Training (RCWET) on the Woodbridge campus of Northern Virginia Community College at 15200 Neabsco Rd. Woodbridge, VA 22191.

State Board Committees will meet on Wednesday, March 16, also at the RCWET. 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 3:45 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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 Virginia’s Community Colleges Celebrate  Fifty Years of Progress; Promise for the Future
~ Community members asked to share their stories ~

RICHMOND — 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.

And one part of that year-long observance is to ask community members to 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, and they will be shared later in the year at events commemorating the system.  Community members are welcome to share stories from a student, family, business, or government perspective, past or future, about how community colleges have strengthened the community – and student lives.

Virginia’s Community Colleges were created by the General Assembly in 1966 to provide comprehensive institutions that addressed unmet needs in higher education and workforce training. By 1972 there were 23 community colleges located across the state in a master plan that put access to quality higher education within a short drive of every Virginian.

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.  

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.

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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 - Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) received a $1,965,730 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to help provide reemployment services to former coal industry workers who need to access jobs in emerging and growing fields.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor Terry McAuliffe said, “Getting Virginians who are switching careers the training and support they need to get good new jobs is a critical part of keeping our economy strong, particularly in Southwest Virginia. I applaud the public and private partners contributing to the success of this important grant initiative that will help in our efforts to create jobs and build a new Virginia economy.”

The funds will serve approximately 210 workers affected by layoffs from Alpha Natural Resources based in Bristol, Virginia. They will provide affected workers in a number of southwestern Virginia counties with career services and training to prepare them for in-demand jobs associated with advanced manufacturing and the adventure tourism and outdoor recreation industries.

“I congratulate the partners who have committed to working together to support the job training and career development needs of coal miners and their families,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “This grant is especially important for the Southwest Virginia region as it transforms and diversifies its sources of economic growth. Talent is the number one asset to accomplish this transformation, and this grant is an investment in that talent.”

“This grant will allow VCCS to provide individuals in Southwest Virginia with amazing career opportunities,” said Secretary of Education Anne Holton. “Higher education has stepped up to the plate and is providing education and training, delivering specialized labor market research, and building capacity to provide services to the people who need it the most.

"VCCS will lead key project partners including the Southwest Virginia Workforce Development Area One, New River/Mount Rogers Local Workforce Development Area Two, Mountain Empire Community College, Southwest Virginia Community College and Virginia Tech’s Office of Economic Development.

“Often, people who have been laid off are looking for the most efficient way back into the workplace, earning a salary that can support a family. Increasingly, that means our short-term training programs that lead to industry-recognized certifications. Our community colleges are eager to help these people, and grateful for the partners and the resources that will help make that possible,” said Glenn DuBois, Chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges.

Other partners in the project include Economic Development Districts-the LENOWISCO Planning District, the Cumberland Plateau Planning District Commission and the New River Valley Regional Commission, Wise County Industrial Development Authority, Friends of Southwest Virginia, the Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing and The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

Funding is provided by the Partnership for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) National Dislocated Worker Grants, led by the Economic Development Administration (EDA).

To view the news release on the governor's website, click here.

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Dixon2RICHMOND - Six new board members will be joining the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education in January.

Dan Dixon, of Arlington, is retired from World Savings Bank as the group senior vice president and director for government relations where he represented the company on public policy issues related to the financial services industry, including consumer protection, housing, federal deposit insurance, bank capital standards and government-sponsored enterprises.

He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master of science in physics from Southern Methodist University, where he also taught physics to undergraduates, and a master of science in management from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. He also taught math to graduate students there. Dixon has been an avid supporter of the Great Expectations program.

 

Dorcas2Dorcas Helfant-Browning, of Virginia Beach, is a managing partner and principal broker with Coldwell Banker Professional Realtors and former chair of the State Board for Community Colleges, as well as former president of .the National Association of Realtors. She has been an active volunteer in her community and was named Hampton Roads Woman of the Year in 1990.

She is a past chair of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. She was also past president of the Virginia Aquarium Foundation; past board member and board chair of Tidewater Community College; and past chair and current board member of Tidewater Community College Real Estate Foundation.

 

Petters3C. Michael Petters, of Newport News, is president and CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries, and former member of the State Board for Community Colleges. He previously served as president of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding and as president of Northrop Grumman’s Newport News sector. In 2014, Petters was elected to the executive committee of the Aerospace Industries Association.

He serves on the Commonwealth of Virginia's Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates and as chairman of the Virginia Business Council. He also serves on the board of directors for the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation and the National Bureau of Asian Research; on the board of trustees of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation; on the distinguished advisory board for the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation; and on the advisory council for the Naval Historical Foundation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from the U.S. Naval Academy. He also has an MBA from the College of William and Mary.

 

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Stewart Roberson, of Richmond, is chairman, president, and CEO of Moseley Architects. He served as superintendent of schools for Falls Church City Public Schools and Hanover County Public Schools and was a professor at the University of Virginia. Roberson was formerly on the board of trustees for AdvancED, the world’s largest educational accrediting agency, and is the past chair of Bridging Richmond, a collaborative of business leaders, school superintendents, college presidents, and human service providers.

Presently, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges and is chair of the Governor’s SOL Innovation Committee. Roberson holds a bachelor’s degree in history, a master’s of education in administration and supervision, and a doctorate in leadership and policy studies, all from the University of Virginia, where he is also a professor of practice. He joined the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Steering Committee in 2015.

 

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F. Blair Wimbush, of Chesapeake, is retired from Norfolk Southern Railway as vice president real estate and chief sustainability officer. He began his railroad career with NS as an attorney and progressed through a number of leadership positions in the NS Law Department, including senior general counsel, before moving into business management. Wimbush has held a number of leadership positions within the legal profession and in the community, including as president or board chairman for the Virginia Commission on Women and Minorities in the Legal Profession, the Virginia Law Foundation, the Roanoke Museum of Fine Arts, and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

He chairs the board of the UVA Law School Foundation and is secretary to the board of the Children’s Health System (CHKD). Wimbush holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Rochester and a law degree from the University of Virginia. He also attended the Norfolk Southern Management Development Program at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

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Michael Wilkerson, of Winchester, is manager of the Mid-Atlantic Business Banking Division for Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. for Wells Fargo. He joined Wachovia Bank in 1982 and has held various positions in the retail and business banking areas. He is a graduate of Elon University and the North Carolina School of Banking at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. He joined the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative Steering Committee in 2015.

Officers of the VFCCE board for 2016 will be: Ronald Holmes, of Fredericksburg, serving as chair; Dorcas Helfant-Browning serving as vice chair; Chandra Lantz of Richmond, secretary; and Gaye Montgomery, of Richmond, treasurer.

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 ww.vccs.edu/giving.

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 in both academic and workforce training programs. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

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RICHMOND Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) will soon expand its Commercial Driver’s Licensing (CDL) program to meet the growing demand for truck drivers thanks to an award funded by Valley Proteins, Inc. and administered by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE).

The BRCC program currently teaches students a variety of challenging maneuvers including parallel parking, off-set parking, and blind side off-set parking. The $10,000 foundation grant will be used to pay for 19 hand-held radios that out-of-the-cab instructors can use to speak directly to students in “real time” while they are behind the wheel. A portion of the grant will also be used to market the CDL program to different populations in the Shenandoah Valley and to host a CDL open house at BRCC next spring. 

[caption id="attachment_21798" align="alignright" width="300"]BRCC check Valley Proteins, Inc. Vice President Michael A. Smith, BRCC President John Downey, and VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois[/caption]

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of tractor-trailer truck drivers is expected to grow 11 percent by 2022. In fact, some parts of the country are already experiencing an acute shortage of truck drivers.

"We are so appreciative of this Valley Proteins grant. The goal of our program is to provide the community and industry with the best-trained students possible. This generous grant will provide new training tools and help keep our students focused on that outcome,” observed Jim Butler, BRCC’s CDL program director.  

BRCC employs two full-time instructors and nine adjunct instructors to teach its CDL training program. On average, 100 students per year obtain a CDL-Class A license and another five students obtain a CDL-Class B license. BRCC owns and maintains a fleet of nine tractor trailers.      

The Valley Proteins Endowment Fund is awarded annually 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 operates.

"Blue Ridge Community College works hard to position itself as a premier provider of workforce training that produces outstanding employees for in-demand jobs.  This award will support a program that is meeting a critical need for highly qualified drivers with CDL certifications,” said Dr. John Downey, president of Blue Ridge Community College. “We are so grateful to Valley Proteins for their generosity and for their long-standing commitment to Virginia’s Community Colleges.”

Headquartered in Winchester, Valley Proteins, Inc. is committed to supporting the workforce, particularly in the areas in which it has a business presence. The 66-year-old firm operates plants in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Its processing facilities recycle food waste materials into usable products and bio fuels for feed and industrial applications.

This is the second time Blue Ridge Community College has earned the award. Previous recipients of the annual award include Eastern Shore Community College, John Tyler Community College, Paul D. Camp Community College, and Southside Virginia Community College.

       

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State Board for Community Colleges November 2015 Business Meeting

RICHMOND – The State Board for Community Colleges will convene its regular meeting on Thursday, November 19, 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, November 18, 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 Committee and the Personnel Committee meet at 3 p.m.; and the Audit Committee meets at 3:45 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: 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.

 

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RICHMOND – The State Board for Community Colleges will convene its regular meeting on Thursday, September 17, 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, Sept. 16, 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 Committee and the Personnel Committee meet at 3 p.m.; and the Audit Committee meets at 3:30 p.m. 

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: 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.

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