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The mission of Virginia’s Community Colleges, to address the state’s unmet higher education and workforce training needs, remains as urgent today as when we began. The innovations highlighted here are just some of the ways we strive to meet the evolving 21st century needs of the students, employers and communities we serve.

Developmental Education Redesign

Developmental Education Redesign

What if a college system could drastically shorten the time it takes students to complete developmental courses, giving them a fighting chance to progress to college-level work and graduate? That’s the focus of the Developmental Education Redesign initiative, which has received national attention for its innovative approach.

A new paradigm for preparing for college math has been created, and a redesign of English developmental courses is under way.

Middle College

Middle College provides a gateway to success for 18- to 24-year olds who did not complete their high school education. The program enables these young adults to learn the skills necessary to compete in today’s marketplace while simultaneously pursuing a GED.

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Career Coaches

Who doesn’t need a little coaching now and then? These community college employees work in high schools and communities to help individuals achieve their personal goals for what’s next.

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EdTech@theVCCS

A blog on distance education topics at Virginia’s Community Colleges
  • April 13, 2016
  • By Cheryl Huff
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OER Policy? What the?

Everyone talks about OER Policy, but what does it mean? What do OER policies look like in practice? How do they impact OER initiatives? How does our government and our world perceive Open policy? Is policy always necessary in OER implementation? The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges invites you on a journey, one where you will explore different

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  • March 31, 2016
  • By Cheryl Huff
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OpenVA to Launch OER Webinar: The State of OER Join Your VA Colleagues and Learn!

The State of OER :  OpenVA  will launch its first webinar on April 15th from 11:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.ET to highlight the open educational resource (OER) material faculty are creating and/or teaching around the state. Webinar: The State of OER Friday, April 15th 11:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.ET Featuring: Dr. Greg Hartman from VMI – OER for APEX Calculus Dr. Ioulia Rytikova from

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Great Expectations

This innovative, nationally recognized program helps Virginia’s foster youth earn the postsecondary credentials they need to achieve an independent and successful life. Great Expectations is offered at 17 of Virginia’s Community Colleges.

Reengineering Taskforce

Creativity, efficiency and passion are only three of the ingredients necessary to meet the 21st century needs of Virginia students and employers. This group is working to position the VCCS to meet tomorrow’s pressing challenges.