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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, December 19, 2014

Governor Releases 2015 Budget Proposal

Posted By Ellen Davenport | 0 comments.

The release of the Governor’s budget proposal for 2015 this week brings the beginning of a new legislative year with General Assembly members returning to Richmond Jan. 14 for a “short” session.  Bills of interest to the VCCS, higher education, and workforce development will be posted on our blog and updated routinely.  A number of bills have […]

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Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Dr. David Conroy: CATE Recipient and Teacher Extraordinaire

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

Since 1968, David Conroy has been teaching math at Northern Virginia Community College. It’s estimated that he’s impacted the lives of more than 20,000 students in the decades that have followed. Many of those very same students correspond with him even today. “36 years after your teaching me, you have made the most significant difference […]

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Posted on Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Virginia Program Helps Veterans Land Great Jobs

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

William Lee, a retired Army Veteran, was referred to the SkillSource Group, Inc.’s Northern Virginia Jobs for Veterans (J4VETS) program in November 2013 after he was laid off as a Senior Program Manager. Mr. Lee immediately expressed interest in enrolling in a Project Management Professional (PMP) preparation course with Global Knowledge, which he completed in […]

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Posted on Monday, December 1, 2014

Rebuilding Virginia’s Middle Class through Skills Enhancement

Posted By Susan Hayden | 0 comments.

Among the discussions that took place at the Annual Meeting of the Virginia Community College System was a panel discussion on what Virginia – and higher education – needs to do to boost employability  of its citizens, and help meet the goal of tripling the attainment of credentials in both credit and noncredit areas. “This is […]

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Posted on Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Opportunity Inc. Youth Goes from Virginia Beach STEM Program to Princeton

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

Myesha Jemison has never been one to settle on a single hobby or interest. “I like to engage in different things to have a well-rounded platform of knowledge,” says the 18-year-old Bayside High School Health Sciences Academy senior. Jemison has experience volunteering at hospitals, holding leadership positions in various organizations, and most recently participating in […]

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Posted on Monday, November 24, 2014

The Employment Deficit: Soft Skills

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

Millennials grew up surrounded by technology. Mastering the tools of the trade – computers, hand-held devices, and social media – came easy. But proficiency in one arena may have created a deficiency in another – communication. Today’s employers are looking for people who can show value beyond the job description. Put simply, the most attractive […]

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Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2014

Failure is not a four-letter word: Shawn Boyer

Posted By Susan Hayden | 0 comments.

  “I want you to throw the word failure out of your vocabulary,” Shawn Boyer, founder of the hourly employment network, Snag-A-Job, told a crowd of scholarship recipients, their families and their college communities this week at the annual VFCCE Scholarship Luncheon. “You tried it, and it didn’t work – stop thinking about it as […]

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