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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, July 2, 2019

New buildings and renovations take shape on VCCS campuses

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Summer is not leisure season for the VCCS Facilities Management Services department. Bert Jones, the associate vice-chancellor who manages the team, knows that faculty, staff and students are eager to move into the new or renovated spaces that have been taking shape on campuses across the state (including BRCC’s new Bioscience Building, above) so his […]

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Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Song writing contest benefits VHCC Great Expectations program and elevates local music talent in the Appalachian region

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Abingdon was alive with music over the Memorial Day weekend, thanks to the Richard Leigh Songwriter’s Contest sponsored by Virginia Highlands Community College. Leigh (above), a 1973 VHCC graduate, is a Grammy Award winning songwriter who returns home each year to encourage local talent and raise money for VHCC’s Great Expectations program, which helps students […]

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Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2019

VCCS graduation “pearls of wisdom 2019” – Part Two

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This spring, more than 30,000 students proudly participated in VCCS commencement exercises across the state, including Ashley Neil of Bath County, above, who received a standing ovation when she walked across the stage with the help of her brother and a walker, to receive her diploma from DSLCC President John Rainone. In the second of […]

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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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