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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, October 1, 2019

Baliles remembered for his service to Virginia and lasting contributions to Virginia’s Community Colleges

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Editor’s note: Former Virginia governor Gerald Baliles died October 29 at age 79 after a long battle with cancer. He was widely regarded as one of modern Virginia’s most consequential governors during his term 1986-1990.  In addition to leading major transportation improvements, Baliles also was a major champion of education, and community college education in […]

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Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2019

RSVP program helps students at Mountain Empire Community College find new careers

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By Mallory Hill, Education Support Specialist, Mountain Empire Community College Where do you turn when your once steady career is obsolete? Just a few weeks ago, Greg Seals and Rodney Tritt were employed as coal miners in Kentucky. This reality came to an abrupt halt when their employer suddenly closed the mine without warning and […]

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Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Central Virginia Community College starts fall semester with a bang…frames-up Habitat for Humanity project right on campus

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The lawn in front of CVCC’s Learning Commons was transformed into a construction site earlier this month as more than 100 students, faculty and staff converged for the day to frame-in a Habitat for Humanity house. “The best efforts are collective efforts,” said CVCC President John Capps. “That’s what we have witnessed again and again […]

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Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2019

VCCS colleges join in expansion of cloud computing degree programs using Amazon Web Service teaching platform

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Virginia high schools, community colleges and four-year universities are adopting AWS Educate, the educational platform created by Amazon Web Services, as a foundation for expanding cloud computing educational programs statewide. The announcement September 20 drew a host of educational, government and economic development leaders to the Woodbridge campus of Northern Virginia Community College. “The need […]

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Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2019

First Germanna Community College facility named for a woman honors business trailblazer and advocate for the rights of disabled people.

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Barbara Fried was one of just a handful of women in her class at the University of Chicago Law School in the 1950s, and she was described as a fierce advocate for the rights of disabled people before the Americans with Disabilities act was passed. Later, with her lawyer husband, she got into the real […]

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Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2019

A faculty viewpoint: more diversity among VCCS instructors boosts student and institutional success

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Nikki Hicks, a native of Petersburg, Virginia and a graduate of Petersburg High School is an Associate Professor of Business at John Tyler Community College. She holds a B.S. in Marketing and Fashion Merchandising from Hampton University, a MBA from Averett University, and DBA from Walden University. With more than 20 years of retail experience […]

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Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Strength in diversity: how VCCS serves the public better when faculty and leaders more closely resemble our students

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By Carla J. Kimbrough, VCCS Diversity and Strategic Recruitment Manager/Diversity Officer Having faculty of color makes a difference in how well students perform academically, according to a growing body of research. The benefits of matching the racial/ethnic demographics of teachers and students have been noted in multiple academic studies. Among the findings: • Students of […]

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