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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 Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Trending Now: Workforce Development In Virginia

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

Workforce development in Virginia received another boost this week in the form of a $170,000 grant from The National Governors Association. This particular grant will focus on increasing credentials in the high-demand STEM-H (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Health) fields, as well as industry certifications and apprenticeships most needed by Virginia’s current and emerging industries. […]

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Posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fast Track Marine Welding Program Welds Success

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

From training to employment in a month’s time. This is the type of success that Paul D. Camp Community College’s fast track Marine Welding Program graduates are achieving. Local employers like Huntington Ingalls are driving demand for welders in the Franklin, Suffolk and Smithfield areas of Virginia. The three week, 120-hour welder training program, is […]

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Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Chancellor’s Retreat Provides Backdrop for Governor’s New Workforce Initiative

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 1 comment.

Governor Terry McAuliffe told more than 400 people who had gathered for the Chancellor’s Retreat that he needed their help in selling Virginia’s high-quality product workforce. “I want to crush the other 49 states on job creation,” he said. Moments later, the state’s chief executive signed executive order 23 and the “New Virginia Economy” Workforce Initiative was put […]

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Posted on Monday, August 11, 2014

Take Five: Getting Acquainted With VHCC’S New President Dr. Gene Couch

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

1. As president of VHCC, what are some of your first orders of business? On July 1, 2014, I officially began work as the president of Virginia Highlands Community College (VHCC). I am deeply honored and very excited about being named the sixth president of VHCC. I firmly believe in the power of the community […]

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Posted on Thursday, August 7, 2014

MECC Offers College Boot Camp to Help Teens Prepare for the Road Ahead

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

For many teens whose high school experience is suddenly clearly visible in their rear view mirror, the way forward requires a thoughtful and deliberate decision-making process. After all, their future depends upon it. So, what’s an aspiring college student to do? Fortunately, rising high school juniors and seniors in Wise, Lee and Scott Counties have just […]

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Posted on Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Workforce Leaders Talk Jobs and Education Following Governor’s Trip to Danville

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

Governor Terry McAuliffe, along with his cabinet and workforce leaders, traveled to Danville yesterday to focus on jobs, education, and growing the economy. Craig Herndon, Vice Chancellor for Workforce Development at Virginia’s Community Colleges, was in attendance throughout the day. “Virginia’s Community Colleges are thrilled to work with Governor McAuliffe in understanding and addressing the wide range of workforce needs facing Virginia’s business community. Yesterday’s event at Danville Community College highlighted the important role that community colleges play in preparing Virginians for in-demand jobs, often through short-term and technical training."

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Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2014

Virginia’s Community Colleges: Increasingly Popular Destination for Hispanic and Latino Students

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

Hispanic and Latino students are attending Virginia’s 23 community colleges in record numbers, achieving greater academic success and earning more transfer-oriented credentials than ever before. That is according to analysis of student enrollment between the years 2009-2013 presented to the State Board for Community Colleges. Hispanic and Latino student enrollment grew nearly 58 percent during […]

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