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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
  • June 7, 2019
  • By Kenyada McLeod
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Gannon Nordberg featured on the Screencast-o-matic blog

Gannon Nordberg, instructional technology specialist at Lord Fairfax Community College and eLET representative, was recently published in the Screencast-o-matic blog. If you have participated in our evening webinar series, you may have had the Nordberg experience by way of his expert facilitation, easy-to-understand explanations and amazingly fast and informative chat responses. In the blog post, Nordberg shares his experiences with

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  • May 2, 2019
  • By Kenyada McLeod
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Page Durham wins tickets to InstructureCon 2019

It’s a fact that change is rarely easy. The transition to Canvas has resulted in mixed emotions for many. As usherers of change, members of the eLET Committee have come up with some fun and creative ways to engage faculty and to quite simply make this transition as enjoyable as possible. Page Durham, instructional designer at Germanna Community College and

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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.