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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, January 24, 2017

INITIATIVE UPDATE: Multiple Measures for Student Success

Posted By Laura Osberger | 0 comments.

In separate meetings in November, December and January, the Academic and Student Affairs Council (ASAC), the Advisory Council of Presidents (ACOP), and the State Board for Virginia’s Community Colleges unanimously approved a new policy to guide the way VCCS colleges ensure that incoming students are placed in appropriate math and English courses. Called Multiple Measures […]

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Posted on Monday, January 23, 2017

Weekly General Assembly Round Up – Week 2 (Jan. 16-20, 2017)

Posted By Ellen Davenport | 0 comments.

Below is a recap of this past week’s activity in the General Assembly. Bills Re-referred to Senate Finance Committee Several bills which had been assigned to the Senate Education and Health Committee were re-referred to the Senate Finance Committee on January 19.  This includes a number of bills changing college and university board governance, earmarking […]

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Posted on Monday, January 16, 2017

Weekly General Assembly Roundup-Week 1 (Jan. 11-13, 2017)

Posted By Ellen Davenport | 0 comments.

It was a busy and interesting first week in the 2017 “short” session of the General Assembly. Procedural and organizational matters have dominated the first three days. Special Election Results and House Appropriations Committee Appointment ChangesSpecial elections on January 10 resulted in three new General Assembly members: Jennifer McClellan (D) in the 9th Senatorial District, Mark […]

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Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Growing Skills Gap and Virginia’s New Economy

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

Hovering at around four percent, Virginia’s unemployment rate is looking pretty good. While not everyone who wants a job can find one, today’s job search is far less strenuous than it was in the aftermath of the Great Recession when a staggering number of Americans were routinely filing for unemployment benefits. Now, Virginia finds itself firmly […]

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Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2017

COLLEGE FOUNDATION SPOTLIGHT: NRCC Receives Donation for Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative

Posted By Laura Osberger | 0 comments.

COLLEGE FOUNDATION SPOTLIGHT: NRCC Receives Donation for Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative Submitted by: Joyce Taylor, NRCC Jim and Margaret Shuler of Blacksburg believe in the power and benefit of education. That’s why they donated a considerable gift to the NRCC Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative. The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) matched their gift, […]

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Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2017

COLLEGE SPOTLIGHT: SWCC Launches REDI Center to Power Retraining for Displaced Miners

Posted By Laura Osberger | 0 comments.

COLLEGE SPOTLIGHT: SWCC Launches REDI Center to Power Retraining for Displaced Miners Submitted by Pat Bussard, SWCC Southwest Virginia Community College has launched a REDI Center (Retraining Energy Displaced Individuals Center for Displaced Coal Miners). The REDI Center assists laid-off coal miners and dislocated supply chain workers impacted by the downturn in the coal energy sector […]

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Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2017

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Posted By Laura Osberger | 4 comments.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: The 2017 session of the General Assembly kicks off today in Richmond. Ellen Davenport, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Governmental Relations, will be monitoring the pieces of legislation important to the VCCS.  Below is a brief recap of relevant bills filed to date: HB 400 through HB 1136 and SB 52 through 586 are […]

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