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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, April 4, 2017

INITIATIVE UPDATE: New FACA Tool Keeps Students On-Track

Posted By Laura Osberger | 1 comment.

INITIATIVE UPDATE: New FACA Tool Keeps Students On-Track A new tool with a rather indelicate-sounding acronym has launched at all 23 of Virginia’s Community Colleges. The Financial Aid Course Audit tool, or FACA, ensures that our colleges comply with the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) Title IV regulations, which affect federal financial aid funds. The […]

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Posted on Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Community College Awareness Month: Slashing Student Debt Means Being Proactive

Posted By Virginia's Community Colleges | 0 comments.

1. They procrastinate. Instead, take some college-level courses while you’re still in high school to reduce college stress and costs. Ask your school counselor about Dual Enrollment options. 2. They don’t look ahead. Talk to a financial advisor to understand how student debt burdens can weigh you down for years.   3. They don’t consider […]

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Posted on Monday, April 3, 2017

Community College Awareness Month: Top 5 Ways For High-School Students to Save Money on a College Education

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1. Consider the options before you enroll. Check the price tags for earning degrees at for-profit, state universities or community colleges. You can do that easily and for free using the Virginia Education Wizard’s College Cost Calculator tool. 2. Take college-level courses while in high school. It’s a great way to save money later. Virginia’s Community College […]

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Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Grant Helps Mom Transition from Food Stamps to Career in Matter of Months

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

Christine Hadley was on food stamps for five years when the youngest of her four children started school. She decided it was the right time to go back to work and was thrilled to learn she could take advantage of the SNAP E&T project at Thomas Nelson Community College to obtain new skills to enter […]

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Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2017

WORKFORCE NEWS: Dominion Invests Training Workers for Emerging Solar/Renewables Industries

Posted By Laura Osberger | 0 comments.

WORKFORCE NEWS: Dominion Invests Training Workers for Emerging Solar/Renewables Industries The creation and expansion of training programs for those seeking careers in renewable energy is now possible at seven VCCS colleges, thanks to a recent $150,000 grant from The Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Virginia Power. The grant money will fund new energy […]

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Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2017

COLLEGE FOUNDATION SPOTLIGHT: BRCC Campaign Exceeds $8 million Goal

Posted By Laura Osberger | 0 comments.

COLLEGE FOUNDATION SPOTLIGHT: BRCC Campaign Exceeds $8 million Goal Submitted by Bridget Baylor, director of college communications, Blue Ridge Community College   The “Student Focus. Community Impact” Campaign for Blue Ridge Community College exceeded its ambitious $8 million goal. Raising a total of $8,552,376 in gifts and pledges, including planned gifts, the campaign is the […]

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Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2017

COLLEGE SPOTLIGHT: CVCC Prepares for the Worst

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COLLEGE SPOTLIGHT: CVCC Prepares for the Worst Submitted by Ken Bunch, PR & marketing specialist, Central Virginia Community College   On March 8, Central Virginia Community College, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and other regional public safety partners, conducted a functional emergency preparedness exercise at its location in Lynchburg. This live event […]

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