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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, June 18, 2019

Underscoring the message, VCCS chancellor co-authors column urging lawmakers in Washington to extend federal financial aid to workforce training students

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In a publication directed to DC decision-makers, VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois makes the case for extending federal Pell Grants to students enrolled in short-term workforce credential programs. DuBois, along with his counterparts from Wisconsin and Louisiana, co-authored the column, “Community college students are changing — it’s time for financial aid policies to change, too” published […]

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Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2019

New leadership for the governing body for Virginia’s Community Colleges

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When the VCCS State Board meets in Richmond July 17-18, the panel will have a new chair and vice-chair. Dr. Susan Gooden, currently vice-chair, will step up to chair the 15-member panel, succeeding Robin Sullenberger. Board member Edward Dalrymple, Jr. was elected the body’s vice-chair during the board’s meeting in May. Gooden is a professor […]

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Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2019

VCCS graduation “pearls of wisdom 2019” – Part One

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This spring, more than 30,000 students proudly crossed stages at VCCS commencement exercises across the state, earning associate degrees along with academic and career credentials. In the first of two parts, here are highlights from graduation speaker addresses: “In 1987, an immigrant girl from Haiti, barely speaking or comprehending English, I could never have even […]

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Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Virginia’s foster youth face hurdles, but many find stability through VCCS’s Great Expectations program

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By Caitlin Beckner, marketing specialist, VFCCE Kids in foster care often age out of the system without a permanent home, but the VCCS Great Expectations program helps them find support. Growing up in a foster home, kids and teenagers are used to being given directions: where they’ll be living, what school they’ll be going to, […]

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Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2019

VCCS Chancellor makes the case in DC for expanded use of Pell Grants for workforce training

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VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois traveled to Capitol Hill in Washington to urge a Congressional panel to make Pell Grants available to students enrolled in workforce training programs, like those offered by the VCCS FastForward program. Federal Pell Grants currently are available only to students in for-credit academic programs. “The ability to use Pell Grants for […]

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Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Great Expectations graduates receive message from someone who walked in their shoes: don’t let a label define you.

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by Caitlin Beckner, marketing specialist, Virginia Foundation for Community College Education  Dr. Kimberly Britt remembers being told, as a youth in foster care, that she was considered “at-risk.” “I was kind of offended by that,” she told the room full of Great Expectations graduates, coaches, donors, and others. She ticked off the things that she […]

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Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2019

A statewide contract now makes it easier for our colleges to secure help in researching and writing grant applications.

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The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) has selected Thomas P. Miller & Associates (TPMA) as its preferred vendor for Grant Development Services. The Indianapolis-based business services agency is available to support all 23 community colleges, System Office, and the Shared Services Center providing research, planning, and writing services related to grant funding strategies and applications […]

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