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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 Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Veterans Day 2019 Update: VCCS aims to serve the needs of military affiliated students

Posted By Jim Babb | 0 comments.

As a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Army, James Evins, Jr. learned firsthand about the challenges of returning to civilian life in 1998. “During my transition from the military, I found it difficult to transfer my experience to the college campus,” says Evins. “The problem, I soon realized, was not that I had not been […]

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Posted on Monday, November 4, 2019

ALICE: Unable to move forward and one setback from disaster

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

Payday. It’s finally arrived.  Thanks to those two hours of overtime, your take-home pay is a little more than normal. You want to celebrate but your enthusiasm is short-lived. Once you start crunching the numbers, you realize you’re going to come up short again this month. One or two bills, possibly more, will probably go […]

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Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2019

VCCS bookstores pitch in to help campus food pantries

Posted By Jim Babb | 0 comments.

This fall, at 19 VCCS colleges where bookstores are operated by the Follett Higher Education Group, customers have been encouraged to “round-up” to the nearest dollar on their purchases, and make a contribution to their local campus food pantry. The VCCS Hunger Project began in September and runs through November 30, so there’s still time […]

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Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2019

VCCS to offer training to better serve students who have suffered traumatic events

Posted By Jim Babb | 0 comments.

Virginia’s Community Colleges are about to take a leadership position on training faculty, staff and administrators to identify and better serve students who have suffered traumatic events. The goal is to have more than 300 trauma informed individuals across all 23 of our colleges by this time next year. “When we can recognize the problems […]

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Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Chancellor urges system-wide pivot toward adult learners; greater focus on life challenges facing students

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Facing an inevitable decline in the number of traditional college age students, aged 18-24, and a growing need for adults to re-skill to keep up with a changing economy, VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois drove home a message to the 2019 Chancellor’s Retreat: it’s time to refocus on serving more adult learners and do more to […]

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Posted on Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Virginia Community Colleges Association aims to break down silos

Posted By Jim Babb | 0 comments.

“I know that at work, I’m in my own cyclone of activity, so it’s a real benefit to be able to come to an event like this and get a more statewide perspective.”   Lisa Shiflett McDaniel, president of the Virginia Community Colleges Association sees a definite up-side to annual conferences that give college faculty, staff […]

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Posted on Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Top scholars at Virginia’s Community Colleges offer a glimpse into the future

Posted By Jim Babb | 0 comments.

  Editor’s note:  Predicting the future is always risky business, but inexorable demographic trends are all but certain to change the makeup of students at American colleges in the years to come.  Perhaps it was a coincidence that this year’s cohort of VCCS top scholars already seem to resemble our students of the future. Students […]

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