News from around the VCCS
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Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Initiative Update: Helping Virginians Achieve the American Dream
“We’re at a turning point in realizing our mission as community colleges.” – Craig Herndon
Considering recent events, it is no surprise that Craig Herndon is excited about the role of workforce training as Virginia’s Community Colleges enter our second 50 years of strengthening lives and communities statewide. Community colleges have offered workforce training programs for many years to prepare Virginians for industry credentials and jobs that do not necessarily require traditional college degrees. However, until recently, there was little or no funding to help students pay for the short-term, non-credit courses.
Did You Know?
Submitted by Rochelle Fisher, Workforce Development Services
The Workforce Credential Grant (WCG) program continues to outpace expectations.
Below are the most recent stats about the program (as of 2/14/17):
WCG Enrollments: 3,514
WCG Training Program Completions: 1,774
Average Age of WCG Students: 34
Top Enrollments (by Credential):
• Commercial Driver’s License
• Certified Nurse Aide
• Comptia (Network, A+, Security)
• Clinical Medical Assistant
• Welding (various certifications)
• Pharmacy Technician
• Manufacturing Technician
• Teaching License (Career Switcher)
• Billing and Coding Specialist
• Core – Introductory Craft Skills
DIVERSITY SPOTLIGHT: NOVA receives Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award for third consecutive year
Submitted by Kathy Thompson, Northern Virginia Community College
Northern Virginia Community College was recently awarded the prestigious 2016 HEED Award by the owner and publisher of Insight into Diversity Magazine, Lenore Pearlstein. The HEED—Higher Education Excellence in Diversity—Award is in its 12th year, and Pearlstein said she developed it to celebrate the great work that colleges are doing to advance diversity among their students, faculty, staff and administrators.
PDCCC graduate wants to inspire others to make a difference
Submitted by Wendy Harrison, Paul D. Camp Community College
Astronomer Carl Sagan once noted, “We’re made of star stuff…We long to return,” And while realizing our aspirations can be much like reaching for the stars, 2014 PDCCC graduate Kenya Smith advises, “Do not give up on your dreams. Have faith and stay focused on what you need to do.”
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Week 6 (Feb. 13 – 17, 2017)
Submitted by Ellen Davenport, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Governmental Relations
With the scheduled “sine die” adjournment date of February 25 approaching next weekend, the 2017 General Assembly is heading down the home stretch. There has been no talk yet of adjourning early, but luckily there has also been no interest of a deadlock on the budget, adjourning later, or having to call a special session in the spring.
Upcoming Meetings & Events
Advisory Council on Presidents (ACOP) Meeting
Diversity, Inclusion and Student Success: What is an Inclusive Environment? – Part 1
Feb. 23 (12:00pm – 1:00pm)
Central Virginia Regional Center for Teaching Excellence: The Impact of Socioeconomic Status on Student Success
Inquiry Editorial Board:
Call for Applications
Feb. 24 (Deadline)
Feb. 28-Mar. 3
Diversity, Inclusion and Student Success: What is an Inclusive Environment? – Part 2
Mar. 9 (12:00-1:00 pm)
State Board Meeting
Southwest & Central Virginia Regional Centers for Teaching Excellence: Enhancing Faculty Engagement: Cultural Navigation & Student Success
Faculty Peer Group Meeting
(English, History & Related Humanities)
Chancellor’s Faculty Advisory Committee (CFAC)
Workforce Development Services Advisory Council
New Horizons Conference
Advisory Council on Presidents (ACOP)
State Board Meeting
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