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A blog dedicated to the latest news and information about Virginia’s Community Colleges. We have a stable of great contributors who will offer legislative updates, workforce updates, and an inside look at Virginia’s Community Colleges and the work we do.

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Posted on Thursday, September 18, 2014

WIOA: The Road Ahead

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

President Barack Obama signed The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Congress passed […]

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Posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2014

It’s Game On for the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative

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The Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative (RVHI) is an exciting new pilot program from the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education and the VCCS to raise the educational attainment rates of those living in rural parts of Virginia and better prepare them for the jobs of the future. Seven of Virginia’s Community Colleges are taking part […]

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Posted on Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Take Five: SVCC’s New President Dr. Al Roberts Hits the Ground Running

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

Dr. Alfred A. Roberts was tapped to succeed Dr. John Cavan as president of Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) in early August. Formerly the provost of the college’s Christanna Campus in Alberta, Roberts says he’s humbled by his appointment and promises to enhance SVCC’s reputation as a world class, 21st century community college. 1. You have spent a sizable portion of your […]

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Posted on Monday, September 8, 2014

Wizard takes home Governor’s Technology Award

Posted By Susan Hayden | 1 comment.

Virginia’s Community Colleges were winners in the Governor’s Technology Awards presentation, held at the Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium (COVITS) in Richmond on Sept. 3, 2014. The VCCS received the Innovative Use of Technology in Education award for the Wizard mobile app. The Wizard app was developed as a native app available for both iOS […]

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Posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fast Track Marine Welding Program Welds Success

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

From training to employment in a month’s time. This is the type of success that Paul D. Camp Community College’s fast track Marine Welding Program graduates are achieving. Local employers like Huntington Ingalls are driving demand for welders in the Franklin, Suffolk and Smithfield areas of Virginia. The three week, 120-hour welder training program, is […]

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Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Chancellor’s Retreat Provides Backdrop for Governor’s New Workforce Initiative

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 1 comment.

Governor Terry McAuliffe told more than 400 people who had gathered for the Chancellor’s Retreat that he needed their help in selling Virginia’s high-quality product workforce. “I want to crush the other 49 states on job creation,” he said. Moments later, the state’s chief executive signed executive order 23 and the “New Virginia Economy” Workforce Initiative was put […]

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Posted on Monday, August 11, 2014

Take Five: Getting Acquainted With VHCC’S New President Dr. Gene Couch

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

1. As president of VHCC, what are some of your first orders of business? On July 1, 2014, I officially began work as the president of Virginia Highlands Community College (VHCC). I am deeply honored and very excited about being named the sixth president of VHCC. I firmly believe in the power of the community […]

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