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MEDIA CONTACT: Jeffrey Kraus
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(804) 819-4949
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Awards Ceremony Will Highlight 2015 New Horizons Conference

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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