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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
  • March 27, 2017
  • By Jenny Quarles
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The work you do in OER matters. We can spout numbers about dollars saved and the impact on student completion and retention. But today, in honor of Open Education Week, I’d like to talk about one student. Sara (not her real name) was a student in my Survey of American Literature course in fall 2016 and she offered me permission

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  • March 10, 2017
  • By Jenny Quarles
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A Little Professional Development

Hands down, the Virginia Community College offers some amazing professional development opportunities. While I hope to see many of you at the VCCS signature conference, New Horizons on April 12-14, the reality remains that not every staff or faculty member has the ability to attend. We have a lot of work to do in order to offer more digitized means

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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.