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Posted on Monday, January 16, 2017

Weekly General Assembly Roundup-Week 1 (Jan. 11-13, 2017)

Posted By Ellen Davenport | 0 comments.

It was a busy and interesting first week in the 2017 “short” session of the General Assembly. Procedural and organizational matters have dominated the first three days. Special Election Results and House Appropriations Committee Appointment ChangesSpecial elections on January 10 resulted in three new General Assembly members: Jennifer McClellan (D) in the 9th Senatorial District, Mark […]

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Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2017

COLLEGE FOUNDATION SPOTLIGHT: NRCC Receives Donation for Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative

Posted By Laura Osberger | 0 comments.

COLLEGE FOUNDATION SPOTLIGHT: NRCC Receives Donation for Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative Submitted by: Joyce Taylor, NRCC Jim and Margaret Shuler of Blacksburg believe in the power and benefit of education. That’s why they donated a considerable gift to the NRCC Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative. The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) matched their gift, […]

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Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2017

COLLEGE SPOTLIGHT: SWCC Launches REDI Center to Power Retraining for Displaced Miners

Posted By Laura Osberger | 0 comments.

COLLEGE SPOTLIGHT: SWCC Launches REDI Center to Power Retraining for Displaced Miners Submitted by Pat Bussard, SWCC Southwest Virginia Community College has launched a REDI Center (Retraining Energy Displaced Individuals Center for Displaced Coal Miners). The REDI Center assists laid-off coal miners and dislocated supply chain workers impacted by the downturn in the coal energy sector […]

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Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2017

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Posted By Laura Osberger | 4 comments.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: The 2017 session of the General Assembly kicks off today in Richmond. Ellen Davenport, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Governmental Relations, will be monitoring the pieces of legislation important to the VCCS.  Below is a brief recap of relevant bills filed to date: HB 400 through HB 1136 and SB 52 through 586 are […]

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Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2017

INITIATIVE UPDATE: A Faculty Perspective on the Importance of the Guided Pathways Initiative

Posted By Laura Osberger | 2 comments.

INITIATIVE UPDATE: A Faculty Perspective on the Importance of the Guided Pathways Initiative Submitted by Charles Errico, Ph.D., professor of history at NOVA and chair of the Chancellor’s Faculty Advisory Committee (CFAC)                    The community colleges are often viewed as the 21st century Ellis Island, a safe harbor for those who want an opportunity for a […]

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Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2016

COLLEGE FOUNDATION SPOTLIGHT: Anonymous $100,000 donation impacts four PHCC scholarships

Posted By Laura Osberger | 0 comments.

COLLEGE FOUNDATION SPOTLIGHT:  Anonymous $100,000 donation impacts four PHCC scholarships Submitted by Amanda Broome, Patrick Henry Community College On this year’s National Day of Giving, November 29, one community member presented a gift that will impact the lives and futures of others for years to come. The gift was a $100,000 donation to the Patrick […]

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Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2016

COLLEGE SPOTLIGHT: RCC is springboard to medical school for the gifted Zakara Blanding

Posted By Laura Osberger | 0 comments.

COLLEGE SPOTLIGHT: RCC is springboard to medical school for the gifted Zakara Blanding Submitted by Eric Pesolan, Rappahannock Community College “I’m excited to learn, to go to medical school, and to further my education,” says 14-year-old Zakara Blanding, a rising Middlesex High School (MHS) student whose dream is to become a neurosurgeon. The first step in […]

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