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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
  • July 18, 2014
  • By Richard Sebastian
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Get your hammers. We’re building an OpenVA

It is encouraging that last year’s OpenVA conference wasn’t a one-off event. It easily could have been. The conference was initiated and supported by the McDonnell administration, now gone, and could easily have ended with a round of pat on the backs and atta boys after the conference’s closing session, held at the Stafford campus of the University of Mary

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  • July 18, 2014
  • By Richard Sebastian
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All Rights Reserved: Copyright MOOC begins on July 21st

From July 21-August 18, Coursera will offer a free professional development MOOC on US copyright law for librarians and educators. The course, Copyright for Educators & Librarians, will be taught by instructors from Duke, Emory, and UNC Chapel Hill. Here is a brief summary about the 4 week course: Fear and uncertainty about copyright law often

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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.