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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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September 30, 2014

~ Grant will advance employment and financial literacy for 1,800 Virginians with barriers to higher education and employment ~

RICHMOND - Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Virginia has been selected by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to receive an $11.9 million grant to advance employment and financial literacy for 1,800 Virginians in challenging environments. Virginia received the largest single grant award of any organization or state in the $50.7 million DOL Workforce Fund grant competition which awarded funds to 11 organizations in nine states.

The successful Workforce Innovation Fund grant proposal was jointly developed by the Office of the Governor and the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). Grant activities will focus on implementing the Working Families Success Network (WFSN) model at six of the Commonwealth’s One Stop employment centers.

The WFSN model was developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Four of Virginia’s 23 community colleges are already implementing the model in collaboration with the Achieving the Dream organization. The model helps individuals cut through red tape and access services and resources to help them earn good-paying jobs.

This grant and the activities align with Governor Terry McAuliffe’s executive order establishing his “New Virginia Economy” workforce initiative, a robust plan that calls for 50,000 new STEM-H credentials earned by 2018.

“In order to create a new Virginia economy, our education and workforce development systems must give the necessary support to level the playing field for success,” said Governor McAuliffe. “This program will help our community colleges and One Stop Career Centers provide students the necessary financial and support services to help them succeed in a 21st century economy.”

“This grant will allow Virginia to implement a proven model of workforce development that doesn’t just train people for a job, but helps them to build their financial and career management skills.” Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones said.

“Earning a college credential is no longer optional for those seeking in-demand jobs,” said Glenn DuBois, Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System. “This grant is a vital step in positioning Virginians to realize the American Dream.”

The VCCS Workforce Development Services unit will oversee the five year project, working with six regional workforce investment boards that are responsible for delivery of services authorized under the federal Workforce Investment Act.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Sept. 15, 2014

 

RICHMOND – The State Board for Community Colleges will convene its regular meeting on Thursday, September 18, at 9 a.m. in the Godwin-Hamel Board Room, James Monroe Building, 101 N. 14th Street, 15th floor, Richmond. An orientation session for new board members will begin at 8 a.m. and will continue after the State Board meeting at 12:30 p.m.

State Board Committees will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 19. 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 is available online here: 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 — Whit Madere brings a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluating and improving the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes as he takes over as director of internal audit for Virginia’s Community Colleges.

And he’s eager to get down to business.

“The first big task of our Internal Audit team will be to reassess VCCS needs to identify those areas in which we can make the most meaningful contributions to support the system office and the individual colleges in mitigating risks and overcoming any obstacles to achieving their objectives,” Madere said.

A registered certified public accountant who’s currently pursuing a doctoral degree in education, Madere had most recently worked as assistant director in the Office of Audit and Consulting Services at the University of Texas at El Paso. He has also taught accounting at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri and auditing at Austin Community College and at St. Edward’s University, also in Austin.

Madere says he’s passionate about higher education and the opportunities it provides for students to enrich their lives and the communities they work and live in. “Joining the VCCS team gives me an opportunity to pursue my passion together with like-minded higher education academics and professionals.”

Madere holds a MBA from Baylor University and a bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin.

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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