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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, August 27, 2019

Pathways to the American Dream program builds pipeline of talent and helps put people to work across Southern Virginia

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

“I’ve been living paycheck to paycheck my entire life,” said Dawn Thorne. “All I want is to pay my bills on time, be able to cover unexpected expenses, take an annual vacation or two, and enjoy living my life.” Thorne’s story is all too common. Working Virginians across the state don’t make enough to support […]

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Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2019

VCCS Six-Year Academic and Financial Plan presentation to top state policy makers: August 13, 2019

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

Editor’s Note: The presentation below was given during a briefing for top legislative and administration policy makers on Tuesday, August 13, 2019. The process occurs every two years and is part of the planning for the biennial budget that the Governor will propose in late fall and the General Assembly will approve in 2020. This […]

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Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2019

BRCC welcomes new biosciences building

Posted By Jim Babb | 0 comments.

After a 15-month construction period, Blue Ridge Community College opened its new biosciences building in time for classes in the fall semester. BRCC President John Downey said he hopes the new building would be an economic development driver for the Shenandoah Valley, and add to the “campus that is impactful in this community.” The 40,166 […]

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Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2019

MECC’s Mountain Music School draws crowds to Big Stone Gap

Posted By Jim Babb | 0 comments.

A week-long festival at Mountain Empire Community College in late July gave 121 students aged 10 to 80 a chance to brush up their melodic skills and share their love of Appalachian music and culture. And appreciative audiences got the chance to bask in the joys of old time music. The 15th Annual Mountain Music […]

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Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Gilliam Foundation grant will help former foster care students with housing expenses at three Southwest Virginia community colleges.

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

Community college students who’ve aged out of foster care will be getting some much needed support navigating their way forward, thanks to a generous grant from the Richard and Leslie Gilliam Foundation. The Foundation has pledged $450,000 to fund housing stipends for a select group of Great Expectations (GE) students at three different colleges – […]

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Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2019

VCCS students thrive during summer research program at NASA

Posted By Jim Babb | 0 comments.

“Last year when the LEGO Saturn rocket came out I was like, ‘that’s the only thing I want for Christmas!’”– David Tucker An unabashed space travel and sci-fi enthusiast, David Tucker had always dreamed of working at NASA, but it never seemed possible. At age 37 — after 15 years in the restaurant business — […]

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Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2019

VCCS sets goals in upcoming Six-year Academic and Financial plan: improved coaching/advising for at-risk students and military veterans is top priority

Posted By Jim Babb | 0 comments.

Editor’s Note: The article below focuses on the VCCS briefing for top legislative and administration policy makers on Tuesday, August 13, 2019. The process occurs every two years and is part of the planning for the biennial budget that the Governor will propose in late fall and the General Assembly will approve in 2020. The […]

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