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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 Friday, April 11, 2014

Isaac Grunstra – VHCC’s Man of Steel

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

Isaac Grunstra has received the Congressional Gold Medal for Youth Award, hiked 100 miles through the wilderness, and he’s also an Eagle Scout. Not too shabby for a guy who only recently turned 16. “He’s a great kid,” says his mother, Ruth Grunstra. “He is very purposeful in the choices he makes.” Isaac, who has […]

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Posted on Wednesday, April 9, 2014

How Virginia Tracks the Education and Training of Its Workforce

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

All States gather high-level, state-wide data on a variety of measures such as education, productivity, salaries, wages, and employment. These measures allow a comparison at a national level of the general health of a State. Virginia tracks progress on these indicators through Virginia Performs – the Commonwealth’s performance leadership and accountability system. The Council on […]

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Posted on Monday, April 7, 2014

The Faculty Perspective: Inside CFAC

Posted By Virginia's Community Colleges | 0 comments.

by Dr. Charles Errico, CFAC Chair The Chancellor’s Faculty Advisory Committee (CFAC) consists of elected representatives from each of the twenty-three community colleges. Twice during the academic year, they meet in Richmond with the Chancellor and his administrative staff for a collegial and free-flowing discussion that addresses faculty concerns and issues related to student success. […]

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Posted on Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Training Helps Marine Compete in Competitive Job Market

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

I could not pass up sharing the following testimonial from Eileen Thawley, a Marine Corps veteran in Northern Virginia. IT Jobs for Veterans provides funding for veterans to obtain training, certification and job placement assistance. The program started out placing unemployed veterans in IT jobs but has since expanded to all training and assistance that […]

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Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014

Passion for Music and Teaching Shines Through for NRCC Educator

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 3 comments.

2014 has hardly begun and it’s already proven to be quite a year for New River Community College associate professor of music, Dr. Louise Billaud. She recently received her doctoral degree and her dissertation has been honored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). To top it off, Billaud has received the Outstanding Faculty Award […]

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Posted on Thursday, March 27, 2014

Elizabeth Creamer: Profile in Workforce Leadership

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

When Governor Terry McAuliffe announced additional appointments to his administration earlier this week, it was no surprise to see Elizabeth Creamer’s appointment as Advisor for Workforce Development, within the Secretary of Commerce and Trade Office. “I feel certain that she’ll be doing a great deal of good for the Commonwealth at large and for workforce […]

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Posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

General Assembly Roundup: Special Session 3/24/2014

Posted By Ellen Davenport | 0 comments.

This morning, Governor Terry McAuliffe released HB 5003.  A press release describing this budget is attached.   This budget used former Governor McDonnell’s budget as a starting point, and incorporated 104 revenue and expenditure amendments.  HB 5003 contained a two-year pilot program for Medicaid expansion; Governor McAuliffe had received a letter from the federal government’s Center for […]

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