Virginia’s Community Colleges to Locate Shared Services Center in Botetourt County
RICHMOND – Virginia’s Community Colleges will open a shared services center in Botetourt County in July, 2016. The center, located at 147 Daleville Drive, was selected from among eight possibilities considered during a competitive bid process. The shared services center is a central component of a longer-term VCCS effort to increase efficiency by removing administrative burdens from Virginia’s 23 community colleges and the Richmond-based system office. The decision was announced, and the lease formally signed, during the regular March meeting of the Virginia State Board for Community Colleges.
A few dozen people are expected to work at the shared services center when operations begin this summer. That number is expected to increase as operations and services are phased into the center. The facility is capable of housing nearly 200 employees.
“This shared services center is an important part of our work in keeping faith with our students and taxpayers,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “Increasing our efficiencies with regard to backroom functions means that we can direct more resources to the tools and strategies that directly touch our students and contribute to their success. We’re also excited to locate this facility in rural Virginia. We’re convinced that the many benefits of the region, especially its workforce, will make this center a success.”
Jack Leffel, Chair of the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors said, “The addition of the Virginia Community College System Service Center to our county is simply enormous. This will not only provide for savings to the system but also provide jobs for the local community.” County Administrator, Gary Larrowe said, “Botetourt is working hard to deliberately identify opportunities that will allow all sectors of our community to be successful. The addition of the VCCS jobs will allow for additional growth and thus helps all of us in the Roanoke Region.” He went on to say, “We look forward to a long and lasting relationship with VCCS in Botetourt.”
Virginia’s Community Colleges are pursuing a shared services approach to its administrative processes after internal research indicated that moving some of those processes into a collaborative shared-services environment would increase the organization’s efficiency. The VCCS shared services center will be phased into operations with the goal of providing service to every Virginia community college and the VCCS system office in Richmond.
About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Since 1966, Virginia’s Community Colleges have given everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. By making higher education and workforce training available in every part of Virginia, we elevate all of Virginia. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve approximately 400,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu. To share a story about how community colleges change lives, visit 50.vccs.edu.
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Public Relations