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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, February 14, 2017

Weekly General Assembly Round Up – Week 5 (Feb. 6-10, 2017)

Posted By Ellen Davenport | 0 comments.

Below is a brief summary of last week’s activity. Budget Bills HB 1500 (Del. Jones) and SB 900 (Sens. Norment and Hanger) passed their respective houses on Thursday, when each body examined and voted on the amendments proposed by the House  Appropriations Committee and the Senate Finance Committee on February 5.  The budgets have crossed […]

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Posted on Thursday, February 9, 2017

Take Five with MECC President Dr. Scott Hamilton: Drone Program is Taking Off

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 1 comment.

Launched in the summer of 2015, Mountain Empire Community College’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) program has opened up new frontiers in rural southwest Virginia, a region hit hard by the decline of big coal. Through the program, students are learning how to maintain, design, fabricate, and fly drones. MECC has positioned itself at the forefront of this […]

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Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Welding Sparks a Career Change for Blue Ridge Man

Posted By Virginia's Community Colleges | 0 comments.

Submitted by Cathy Sliwoski, BRCC PR Specialist  Thanks to several grants available at Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC), Don Conner (pictured above) got his hands on a new career in welding. After 23 years in truck driving, the 51-year-old was ready for a change of pace. “Raymond, my Adult Career Coach, was great. Welding was […]

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Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2017

COLLEGE FOUNDATION NEWS: Beazley gift lets TCC expand its Portsmouth dual-enrollment program

Posted By Laura Osberger | 0 comments.

COLLEGE FOUNDATION NEWS: Beazley gift lets TCC expand its Portsmouth dual-enrollment program Submitted by Marian Anderfuren, TCC Tidewater Community College’s Educational Foundation announced a major expansion of the college’s dual-enrollment program on January 26 that will allow more high-school students in Portsmouth Public Schools to jump-start their college careers. The expansion is made possible thanks […]

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Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2017

PRESIDENTIAL PROFILE: SWCC President Mark Estepp Crafts VCCS Mace

Posted By Laura Osberger | 0 comments.

PRESIDENTIAL PROFILE: SWCC President Mark Estepp Crafts VCCS Mace Submitted by Pat Bussard, SWCC The college mace is the premier symbol of the academic procession of college administrators, faculty, staff, and most importantly, students.  Traditionally, the ceremonial staff is carried in the procession immediately prior to the president of an institution of higher learning. SWCC […]

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Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2017

WORKFORCE SPOTLIGHT: Free Workforce Tools for Students and Colleges

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

WORKFORCE SPOTLIGHT: Free Workforce Tools for Students and Colleges Submitted by Amanda Christopher, Workforce Development Services Workforce education and training is becoming increasingly important to Virginians, according to key findings from the 2017 Public Policy Poll: Economic Development and Workforce Training report released this month, as evidenced by the hugely successful Workforce Credential Grant Program […]

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Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2017

INITIATIVE UPDATE: The Texting Project

Posted By Laura Osberger | 0 comments.

INITIATIVE UPDATE: The Texting Project Submitted by Megan Healy, Academic Services & Research Every day technology is developed that allows us to interact with friends or connect to the world through a new social media platform. From Snapchat to Twitter, students prefer instant communication with a quick photo or tweet of 140 characters or less. […]

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