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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 Thursday, June 18, 2015

Preparing the Next Generation in Southern Virginia

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

Sabryna Hamilton moved to Greensboro, NC in 2005 to be closer to her aging parents. After a 20- year career as a senior litigation legal assistant, the move meant a new beginning. An advertisement for a part-time career coach position at Danville Community College (DCC), some academic advising experience and an application later, Hamilton was […]

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Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2015

Take Five with Pia Trigiani

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

Pia Trigiani is the new Co-Chair of the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative Steering Committee. She is a partner at the law firm Mercer Trigiani where she specializes in common interest community association law. She is a past president of the Virginia Bar Association. Pia is one of seven children raised in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. […]

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Posted on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Refugee-Turned-Foster Youth Leads Life of Service

Posted By Virginia's Community Colleges | 0 comments.

Asein Ta’s story, at first glance, feels almost typical. He excelled as a student leader in the Great Expectations program at John Tyler Community College, from which he graduated last spring. He’s transferring in the fall to Virginia Commonwealth University where he will study to become an elementary school educator and an English as a […]

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Posted on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Small Town Girl Transcends Rural Boundaries

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

Despite the gauntlet of challenges that are emblematic of life in Virginia’s Rural Horseshoe, the barriers to a post-secondary education are slowly coming down. Take Brooke Vaughn for instance. The 21-year old Martinsville native graduated from Patrick Henry Community College in 2014 and is now working as a certified nurse aide. Vaughn is also the first in […]

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Posted on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Training at Your Fingertips: VCCS Launches Online Registration for Career Courses

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 1 comment.

The Germanna Community College implementation team attends WES training in March.   Signing up for training courses to improve workplace skills and obtain credentials just got one step easier at Virginia’s Community Colleges. Online registration for these courses is now available at three community colleges with the rest following in waves over the next few […]

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Posted on Monday, June 8, 2015

GE called one of top 10 foster youth programs nationally

Posted By Rachel Strawn | 0 comments.

Nationally Recognized Program Great Expectations was launched as a pilot program in the fall semester of 2008 at five community colleges: Danville, Germanna, J. Sargeant Reynolds, New River, and Southside. The program served 119 foster youth in its first academic year. Since that time, Great Expectations coaches have worked with over 3,000 students and the program […]

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Posted on Thursday, June 4, 2015

Great Expectations Ignites Graduate’s Future

Posted By Susan Hayden | 0 comments.

Community colleges are often described as a launch pad, helping people ascend to heights beyond their dreams. Great Expectations graduate Gary Hall is the embodiment of that. Hall is spending the summer capping off an impressive academic career that includes a GPA of 3.958 and membership in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He is heading […]

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