- Hispanic student enrollment grew nearly 58%, outpacing non-Hispanic enrollment growth.
- First generation Hispanic students increased more than six-fold, from 814 to nearly 6,000.
- More than a quarter (27%) of today’s VCCS Hispanic students is first-generation.
- More Hispanic students today (58%) are enrolling in transfer-oriented associate degree programs than five years ago (51%).
- The number of Hispanic students enrolled in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs has doubled over the past five years. Today, more than one in six Hispanic students are enrolled in STEM.
- Hispanic student GPAs are rising. Three quarters earned a GPA of 2.0 or better in 2012-13, compared to 70% five years ago.
- The percentage of Hispanic students earning more than 30 credits in the VCCS increased from 25.7% to 31.3%
- More Hispanic students are graduating. The number of Hispanic graduates rose from 714 to 1,777 over the past five years, an increase of 150%.
Essential Transfer Opportunities[caption id="attachment_14693" align="alignright" width="300"] Armando Vega, Jr. met Governor Terry McAuliffe at the 2014 VCCS Legislative Reception.[/caption]
Armando Vega, Jr. is a 2014 graduate of Tidewater Community College who will be taking advantage of an offer to attend UVa in the fall. The former U.S. Navy sailor said financial consideration forced him to pass on an earlier opportunity to attend American University. The guaranteed transfer agreements between the VCCS and 30 public and private universities kept his dreams alive.
“The price of tuition is great but more than anything, what the VCCS offered was the articulation agreements. That was key for me,” Vega said.
Vega said his professors were first rate and that his community college’s diversity and inclusive nature was good preparation.
“Our country is becoming more and more diverse. Learning how to work well with everyone is becoming key, especially if you’re looking to do anything in business on a larger scale,” he said.
See the Student Success Snapshot detailing these enrollment trends for more information.
About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created more than 40 years ago, the VCCS is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve nearly 400,000 students a year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.
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“Whenever you have the opportunity to serve, your job is to direct traffic and solve the goals of the system and stay on target.”
A self-styled Facebook “junkie,” Helfant-Browning says one of the biggest challenges facing the State Board in the coming year is learning to do more differently because the Commonwealth can no longer count on government contracting and the presence of government to be the state’s “growth employer.
“Therefore, we need to look at attracting more business and industry that can bring jobs to that skilled workforce which we have and creating the environment that the Commonwealth is the place to do business and to be headquartered.”
From an academic perspective, Helfant–Browning says Virginia’s Community Colleges are doing a good job of attracting younger students who need a pathway to four-year institutions. “We’re also identifying that not everyone needs a full academic set of credentials. But they need a credential to maximize their ability to be productive members of society. That’s equally important to the board members understanding for the commonwealth to grow and prosper – we must have a workforce that is either educated, certified or a combination of those things.”
Born in West Virginia, Helfant-Browning currently resides in Virginia Beach where she enjoys working out on a regular basis.
“I always feel like I’m being mentally challenged. But I like to physically challenge myself, weights and light cardio and those type things to keep me in shape.”
Helfant-Browning was appointed to the State Board by Gov. Tim Kaine in 2009 and was reappointed in 2011 by Gov. Bob McDonnell. She previously served eight years, including three terms as chair, on the Tidewater Community College local board. She currently serves as liaison to both Tidewater and Paul D. Camp community colleges.
Also taking on a new role on the board is Idalia Fernandez. She becomes the board’s vice chair, the title previously held by Helfant-Browning.
Fernandez is president of the Hispanic College Fund, a $6 million non-profit that supports Hispanic students. In her role, she oversees developmental programs, fundraising and finances of the fund.
She was also appointed to the State Board for Community Colleges in 2009 by Gov. Tim Kaine and currently serves as liaison to Lord Fairfax Community College.
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 in both academic and workforce training programs. For more information, please visit myfuture.vccs.edu.
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