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RICHMOND – The State Board for Community Colleges Ad-Hoc Committee on Presidential Certification will meet on Monday, Feb. 23, at 10 a.m.

The meeting will be held at the Virginia Beach Campus of Tidewater Community College, in the Provost’s Conference Room, Princess Anne Building A, 1700 College Crescent, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The purpose of the meeting is to certify finalists for the positions of president of Northern Virginia Community College, with campuses in Annandale, Alexandria, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, Virginia.

Additional public locations for the meeting include:

• Community Wealth Partners, 1825 K Street, NW, Suite 1000, Washington, D.C.

• Virginia Community College System offices on the 15th floor of the James Monroe Building, 101 N. 14th Street, Richmond, Virginia.

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

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About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created more than 40 years ago, the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 405,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

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RICHMOND – New Horizons will host its annual meeting – the premier teaching and learning conference of Virginia’s Community Colleges – at the Hotel Roanoke in Roanoke, VA on Wednesday, April 1 - Friday, April 3, 2015.

This year, a total of 26 community college projects will compete for the coveted VCCS New Horizons Excellence in Education Awards. Finalists will display their projects to the public during opening festivities on April 1st and winners will be announced at the New Horizons Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 2nd.  

According to Dr. Abigail Stonerock, director of faculty development for VCCS, “This is the largest number of nominees we have had in the last 6 years, with 15 of our colleges represented among the 26 nominees. The projects represent proven practices and outcomes in education, collaboration, and innovation. The review committee is ready to dive in. It is a rigorous, but inspiring process.”

The New Horizons Excellence in Education (EIE) Awards acknowledge the enhancement of student success through academic engagement, technology, and innovation within VCCS. The awards program provides an annual opportunity to showcase, celebrate, and share the best practices, ideas and innovations of colleagues across VCCS that contribute to teaching and learning, student success and the strategic vision of Complete 2021: One Goal. One Future. 

New Horizons is the single largest gathering of Virginia Community College teachers, researchers, administrators, and professionals. In 2014, New Horizons hosted approximately 1,000 attendees including representatives from all VCCS colleges, for over 180 hours of programming, 10 live-streamed sessions, 35+ exhibitors, and honored 12 Excellence in Education Award finalists. 

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About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created more than 40 years ago, the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 405,000 students each year. For more information, please visit http://www.vccs.edu/

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RICHMOND – The State Board for Community Colleges will convene its regular meeting on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 9 a.m. in the Godwin-Hamel Board Room, James Monroe Building, 101 N. 14th Street, 15th floor, Richmond.

State Board Committees will meet on Wednesday, January 28 at the James Monroe Building. The Academic, Student Affairs and Workforce Development Committee and the Budget and Finance Committee meet at 1:30 p.m.; the Facilities Committee and the Personnel Committee meet at 3 p.m.; and the Audit Committee meets at 3:30 p.m. In addition, new board member orientation sessions will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday Jan. 28 and at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29.

Public comment will be received at each regular meeting of the board following the approval of minutes.

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

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About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created more than 40 years ago, the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 405,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

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VaSealCommonwealth of Virginia 
Office of Governor Terry McAuliffe

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:  December 11, 2014

Office of the Governor 
Contact: Brian Coy 
Email: Brian.Coy@governor.virginia.gov  

Virginia Community College System 
Contact: Amanda Christopher 
Phone: 804-819-5382 
Email: achristopher@vccs.edu  


Governor McAuliffe Invests $500,000 in Community College Program to Credential Virginians in High-demand Sectors

~Pilot Program will help 500 Virginians earn credentials through an incentive program at Virginia’s Community Colleges~

 

RICHMOND - Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that seven of Virginia’s Community Colleges will receive direct incentives totaling $500,000 for student completion of credentials identified regionally as high-demand by business and industry. The pilot program is an initiative of Governor McAuliffe’s New Virginia Economy Strategic Plan and supports his goal of seeing an additional 50,000 credentials in the Virginia economy before the end of his term. These credentials can lead an individual into careers that boast median wages at or above the Commonwealth’s per capita personal income of $48,377.

Participating community colleges include Blue Ridge Community College, Germanna Community College, Thomas Nelson Community College, Virginia Western Community College, and the three colleges that comprise the Southern VA Works collaborative – Danville Community College, Patrick Henry Community College, and Southside Virginia Community College.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McAuliffe said, “The pilot program that I am announcing today will increase the number of Virginians with the credentials that benefit the entire Commonwealth.  These credentials, which are highly valued by business and industry, are the foundation for both individual success and for building a new Virginia economy.”

“This is an incredible opportunity for the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “Few investments offer the prospect of greater return than getting more Virginians equipped with the credentials to compete in a 21st century economy. We have travelled around the U.S. and the world, and a well-equipped workforce is the number one request of businesses that are attempting to expand or relocate to Virginia.” 

Some examples of high-demand credentials include:

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification – for leading teams of employees and managing a budget on projects, a credential that is in particularly high-demand in Northern Virginia and the Greater Richmond Region.
  • American Welding Society (AWS) certification – to become a welder, a credential in great demand throughout the entire Commonwealth, but especially in the Hampton Roads region.
  • Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) certification – to become a professional driver, operating tractor trailers, a credential in demand across Virginia and especially through Southern and Southwest Virginia.

“These credentials can help individuals secure good-paying, middle class jobs that will allow them to support a family. And, they can do that without accruing a mountain of student debt,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges.  “Helping more people earn these types of credentials is the higher education issue of our time.”

Federal Workforce Investment Act funding will be applied toward noncredit programs and courses at the pilot community colleges. These intensive training programs, designed with the direct guidance of business and industry, help Virginians get the jobs that fuel a diverse economy. Cost barriers will be removed, and 500 more Virginians will earn in-demand skills and credentials through this incentive program.

Incentives will only be paid for students who start programs and complete credentials that are identified as regionally high-demand sectors by business and industry. Incentives will be used to fuel and motivate the completion of credentials that help Virginia diversify its economy, yield a high return on investment and most importantly meet the needs of business.

 

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RICHMOND – Fifty-seven students representing Virginia’s 23 community colleges were honored Tuesday, November 18, at a luncheon in honor of scholarships they received.

Shawn Boyer, chairman of the board of Snagajob and keynote speaker for the luncheon, told students to “throw the word failure out of your vocabulary.”

“You are going to make lots of errors," he said. "Don't let that start affecting your psyche.” Boyer founded Snagajob in 1999 and in 2008 he was named Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. In 2013, he moved from CEO to chairman of the board at the hourly employment network. He told students not to be afraid to try new things, to find a path that is true to them, and to learn and grow from mistakes instead of being paralyzed by them.

The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) distributed more than $350,000 in scholarships this year to students from across the Commonwealth.

The Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship Program, with 25 recipients this year, was established in 2006 through the generosity of longtime partners Wells Fargo and Dominion. The scholarships recognize students from across the Commonwealth who have demonstrated academic excellence during high school as well as a commitment to developing leadership skills. Each scholarship bears the name of one of many philanthropy leaders who support Virginia’s Community Colleges.

Nineteen scholars received additional scholarships in honor of special philanthropists and friends who further the mission of Virginia’s Community Colleges, and 13 students were honored as participants in two prestigious Fellows Programs: Valley Proteins Fellows and Potomac Health Foundation Fellows.

Commonwealth Legacy Scholars

Sarah Clark, Blue Ridge, Augusta Health Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Kyle Templeton, Blue Ridge, Sentara RMH Medical Center Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Dalton King, Central Virginia, The Sonny Merryman Family Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Jonathan Coleman, Dabney S. Lancaster, Allegheny Foundation Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Meredith Meissner, Danville, Danville Regional Medical Center Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Thomas Molter, Eastern Shore, Jeff Holland Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Andrea Gayle, Germanna, Spotsylvania County Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Michael Fare, Reynolds, Metropolitan Health Foundation Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Ali Muslem, John Tyler, The Cameron Foundation Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Kyle Hanson, Lord Fairfax, William Holtzman Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Alexis Potter, Mountain Empire, Martha J. Rhoton Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Megan Mercer, New River, Paul Duncan and Gary Duncan Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Renee Ordoobadi, Northern Virginia, Volkswagen Group of America Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Travis Maxey, Patrick Henry, Gary and Susan Collins Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Bonnie Newsome, Paul D. Camp, Smithfield Foods Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Spencer Clem, Piedmont Virginia, Julie Heyward Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Kendra Yates, Rappahannock, Children of Charles and Elizabeth Ryland Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Delilah McCall, Southside Virginia, Halifax Regional Health System Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Hunter Newton-Meade, Southwest Virginia, Consol Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Jeremy Collins, Thomas Nelson, Sentara Healthcare Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Nevin Voors, Tidewater, Robert C. Nusbaum & Linda S. Laibstain Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Jessica Moret, Virginia Highlands, C. B. Hale Memorial Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Alexie Jean Jacques, Virginia Western, Roanoke City School Board Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Kenley Meredith, Wytheville, Daniel M. Copeland Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Tiffany Riggs, VFCCE, Valley Proteins Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship

Richmond Region Commonwealth Legacy Scholars

Shauneal Bobb, Reynolds
Adam Mandelblatt, Reynolds
John Tivenan, Reynolds
Kailey Washok, Reynolds
Juliana Hybner, John Tyler
My Nguyen, John Tyler
Lyndsay Welch, John Tyler

Named and Memorial Scholars

Jose Martinez, John Tyler, ACG Richmond/VFCCE Scholarship
Lauren Housel, Piedmont Virginia, Shahnaz Ahmed Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Madison Wells, Patrick Henry, Gerald L. Baliles Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Brandon Wimbish, Patrick Henry, Gerald L. Baliles Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Michee Mutangu, Northern Virginia, Kathy Camper Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Jennifer Butler, Germanna, John Casteen Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Christina Dadaian, Tidewater, Eva T. Hardy Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Anna Bailey, Germanna, Michael A. Smith Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Meghan Schoenhals, Lord Fairfax, Jonathan Alje Toxopeus Scholarship
Breanna Hawkins, John Tyler, William H. Talley III Godwin Society Scholarship
Alex Brockman, Thomas Nelson, Danny Hunley Godwin Society Scholarship

Potomac Health Foundation Fellows

Emily Kern, Northern Virginia
Omoladun Olaseni-Asaramola, Northern Virginia
Morgan Rigg, Northern Virginia

2014-2015 Valley Proteins Fellows

John Jimenez, Dabney S. Lancaster
Christopher Henshaw, Germanna
Linda Foreman, Reynolds
Jayson Johnson, Reynolds
Ryan Pledger, Reynolds
Wanda Olden, Paul D. Camp
Madeleine Morales, Piedmont Virginia
Lisha Long, Southwest Virginia
Kingdom Oguibe, Thomas Nelson
Daniel Peets, Wytheville

 

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created more than 40 years ago, the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve approximately 400,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

About the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education: Working hand in hand with Virginia’s 23 community colleges, the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education seeks to guarantee financial assistance to all students who dream of attending college. The foundation is building an endowment that is already generating interest to provide full scholarships to selected community college students; 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 will convene its regular meeting on Thursday, November 20, at 9 a.m. in the Godwin-Hamel Board Room, James Monroe Building, 101 N. 14th Street, 15th floor, Richmond.

Prior to the regular business meeting, the State Board will hold its Annual Meeting at the Richmond Marriott Hotel, 500 East Board Street, Richmond. The Annual Meeting begins at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18 and concludes at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 19.

State Board Committees will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at the Richmond Marriott Hotel, following the conclusion of the VCCS Annual Meeting. 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.

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

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About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created more than 40 years ago, the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 405,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

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RICHMOND, Va. – The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is donating $50,000 to the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) to promote adult literacy efforts through the foundation’s Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative (RVHI). The retailer’s gift, which will be matched on a one-to-one basis, will fund $1,000 incentive scholarships for adults who earn their high school equivalency to attend a community college to earn a postsecondary credential. Altogether, the Dollar General donation and the matching funds will help 100 adults pursue a college credential.

“This is a very generous donation from a company that is looking for ways to give back to the families and communities who help make their stores successful,” said former Virginia Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, co-chair of the RVHI Steering Committee. “I applaud Dollar General for the leadership example they are setting with this donation and look forward to working with other companies who are looking for ways to contribute to the improvement and enhancement of the people who call rural Virginia home.”

“At Dollar General, we are passionate about our mission of Serving Others throughout the communities we serve,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “It’s exciting to see the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s outreach in action as we partner with organizations to further education and literacy and make a real difference in people’s lives.”

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $97 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 5.8 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

More than one in four of the 2.1 million Virginians across parts of the Rural Horseshoe have less than a high school education, according to the VFCCE. In addition, while Virginia ranks in the top 10 for higher education attainment, the Commonwealth ranks 19th from the bottom in percentage of the population with at least a high school equivalency.

The VFCCE hopes to change those statistics by leveraging the programs and resources of 14 of Virginia’s Community Colleges: Blue Ridge, Dabney S. Lancaster, Danville, Eastern Shore, Lord Fairfax, Mountain Empire, New River, Patrick Henry, Paul D. Camp, Rappahannock, Southside, Southwest Virginia, Virginia Highlands, and Wytheville.

 “With one in four Virginians across parts of the state’s rural crescent having less than a high school education, preparing them for the jobs of the future is vital,” said Dr. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “Dollar General’s contribution continues this effort’s momentum to help more Virginians develop the skills necessary to compete in today’s ever-changing work environment.”

The Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative (RVHI) seeks to address the lack of educational attainment across rural Virginia, where nearly one in four adults lack a high school education and less than one in five have a bachelor’s degree. The focus will be providing full-time career coaching assistance to middle majority students and those from underrepresented populations, who are often overlooked by traditional guidance counseling but are critically needed to provide a trained workforce in most rural areas. The 10-year goal is to cut in half (one in eight) those lacking a high school diploma and double from 26 percent to 52 percent the population in rural Virginia holding an associate’s degree or other college certification.

About the Dollar General Literacy Foundation: The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education as part of the company’s mission of Serving Others for over 20 years.  Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $97 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 5.8 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit www.dgliteracy.org.

About Dollar General Corporation: Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. With more than 11,500 stores in 40 states, Dollar General has more retail locations than any retailer in America. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America's most-trusted manufacturers such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg's, General Mills, and PepsiCo. For more information on Dollar General, please visit www.dollargeneral.com.

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created more than 40 years ago, the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve approximately 400,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

About the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education:  Working hand in hand with Virginia’s 23 community colleges, the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education seeks to guarantee financial assistance to all students who dream of attending college. The foundation is building an endowment that is already generating interest to provide full scholarships to selected community college students; 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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stemVirginia’s Community College students pursuing studies in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields statewide have access to new scholarships, research experiences, internships and courses thanks to a NASA grant awarded to the Virginia Space Grant Consortium.

The Consortium’s newly announced program, STEM Takes Flight at Virginia’s Community Colleges, is designed to provide scholarships as well as real-world work and research experiences that foster community college retention in STEM academic tracks through graduation with an associate’s degree or transfer to a four-year institution. Faculty professional development is also offered. The STEM Takes Flight website at www.vsgc.odu.edu/stemtakesflight provides detailed information on all program components described below and links to applications.

The Community College Bridge Scholar (CCBS) component will provide a $5000 award and mentoring to 15 students during the spring 2015 semester and 2015 – 2016 academic year. Freshmen students can apply in fall semester 2014 with applications due November 17. CCBS will help bridge students to next steps in higher education or employment through coaching and mentoring by VSGC staff, four-year college faculty, and by upper classmen.

Through the Build/Fly/Learn component, selected students will work in teams to undertake hands-on paid summer research projects at NASA Langley Research Center. Individual paid student summer research projects at NASA Langley Research Center and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Wallops Flight Facility will also be offered. These opportunities will be open to a total of 38 community college students who have completed their freshman year and are rising sophomores or in their sophomore year at the time of the research experience. Students will work under the guidance of a NASA mentor.

Ten students will receive grant-sponsored internships through the Consortium’s Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program. The program is already open to community college students; however, the additional sponsored funding will increase the number of community college students who can be placed. This aspect of the STEM Takes Flight program seeks to reinforce the value of community college students to employers and increase their retention in the workplace.

Three new courses will be offered. Two multi-disciplinary courses designed to engage community college students in mission development and planning will be available through Eastern Shore Community College. Students will develop and fly a sounding rocket payload as part of RockSat-C, a student flight opportunity at NASA Wallops in summer 2016. A third system-wide online course led by Virginia Western and Thomas Nelson Community Colleges will allow faculty-led student teams to tackle the issue of sea level rise and its impact on coastal communities and ecosystems. A service-learning component will bring them to NASA Wallops where they will use geospatial technology and a review of the historical data to study the impact at NASA Wallops. The Old Dominion University’s Mitigation and Adaptation Research Institute (MARI) will advise the teams and provide webinars on the science of sea level rise.

Community college faculty will benefit from the STEM Takes Flight program through a residential professional development workshop in STEM disciplines, scheduled to take place at NASA Wallops Flight Facility in early June 2015. The workshop will focus on the integration of STEM in the NASA workplace. Twenty faculty participants will experience a hands-on case study that will assist them in educating their students about the importance of team work, technical skills and problem solving.

STEM Takes Flight at Virginia’s Community Colleges partners include: the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), Eastern Shore Community College, Virginia Western Community College, Thomas Nelson Community College, NASA Langley Research Center and NASA Wallops Flight Facility.

The initiative also has the support of Governor Terry McAuliffe. “The initiative includes an excellent collection of STEM programs,” he notes. “The goals align with those of my administration to support STEM education and workforce training for Virginia students.”

VCCS Chancellor Glenn Dubois states, “Providing paid real-world work and research experiences for students, scholarship support, and faculty professional development that can bring the excitement of NASA missions and interdisciplinary teamwork into the classroom are worthwhile and impactful opportunities which I heartily support.”

The STEM Takes Flight initiative directly embraces VCCS goals of increasing access to affordable education and training in preparation for workforce success and tripling the number of students graduating with associate degrees, transferring to a four-year institution and/or receiving a workforce credential.

The NASA grant provides $500,000 in funding for a two-year award period. The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC), which is celebrating its 25th year, is a coalition of the Virginia Community College System, five Virginia colleges and universities, NASA, state educational agencies and other institutions representing diverse STEM and aerospace education, research and workforce development interests.

VSGC affiliate members include: Virginia Community College System; College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, NASA Langley Research Center, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Wallops Flight Facility, Science Museum of Virginia, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, Virginia Department of Education, MathScience Innovation Center, Virginia Air and Space Center, and Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology.

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created more than 40 years ago, the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 405,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

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