VCCS Fall Listening Tour Begins
Statewide Strategic Planning Process
~ This plan will carry the VCCS into the next decade ~
RICHMOND — Virginia’s Community Colleges want to hear from you as they begin building their next statewide strategic plan. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of the VCCS, will conduct a series of listening tour sessions beginning later this month. Business, community, K-12 education and elected leaders are invited to participate in these sessions. Community college students will participate in separate, parallel sessions.
“Two out of every three jobs available in Virginia will require more than a high school education before the year 2020,” said DuBois. “It’s important for us to hear about what that means in these communities and how our colleges can help prepare people for that reality.”
This process will create the third strategic plan of DuBois’ tenure as chancellor. The next plan will begin in 2016 and carry through the beginning of the next decade. Like the two earlier plans, the next strategic plan will focus on meeting the external needs of the people, employers and communities Virginia’s Community Colleges serve through measurable goals.
A taskforce, charged with drafting plan, will begin working in 2014. John Downey, president of Blue Ridge Community College, will chair the panel. Edna Baehre-Kolovani, president of Tidewater Community College, will serve as co-chair. Virginia community college leaders from across the state, who will be named later this year, will make up the rest of the panel.
Scheduled listening tour sessions include:
Friday, September 20 10:30 a.m. Tidewater Community College
Virginia Beach Campus
Tuesday, November 12 10:30 a.m. Northern Virginia Community College
Thursday, November 14 10:00 a.m. Virginia Western Community College
Thursday, November 14 2:30 p.m. Danville Community College
Wednesday, December 4 10:30 a.m. Virginia Highlands Community College
Wednesday, December 4 2:30 p.m. Blue Ridge Community College
Thursday, December 5 10:00 a.m. J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
Parham Road Campus
Under the current plan, Achieve 2015, Virginia’s Community Colleges have more than doubled the number of minority and first generation students served; increased both graduation and transfer rates; weathered an unprecedented combination of historic budget cuts and enrollment increases; and more than doubled the number of Virginia employers served with tools like customized training.
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 more than 405,000 students a year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.