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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
  • October 6, 2017
  • By Jenny Quarles
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Farewell!

Many of you have already heard, but I am leaving the VCCS System Office effective October 6th. It has been a such a pleasure working with all of you. I depart full of hope that this community of faculty, designers, technologists, OER leaders, support professionals, etc. will continue asking difficult questions and advocating for change that will help the students

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  • May 8, 2017
  • By Jenny Quarles
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New Horizons 2017: A Focus on Student Success

While every New Horizons has its share of laughter and tears, 2017 proved to be an extra special year. As budgets shrink and the pressure to do more with less weighs upon all of us, this post will share some takeaways, challenges and triumphs that emerged as the VCCS came together for the largest event of the year. Student Success

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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.