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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 Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A National Voice for Virginia’s Workforce Professionals

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VCCS Workforce Development Services member Valaryee Mitchell was recently elected to serve on the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) board as the Region 3 representative. This is a significant opportunity for Virginia’s community of front-line workers, given Mitchell’s 13-plus years of experience in local case management and operations, and her current role as […]

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Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Recipient of Prestigious Foundation Scholarship Named

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

Michee Mutangu is the fifth community college student to receive the Kathy Camper Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship. He’s also the first person in his family to graduate high school and go to college. Mutangu says the scholarship has given him hope and a chance for a brighter future. “If it was not for the scholarship that I […]

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Posted on Thursday, July 17, 2014

Foundation Selects Its Fourth Class of Valley Proteins Scholars

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education has selected 10 students to represent the fourth class of the prestigious Valley Proteins Fellows scholarship program. The 2014-2015 class of Fellows includes (identified left to right at end of each row): John Jimenez - DSLCC Christopher Henshaw - GCC Linda Foreman- JSRCC Jayson Johnson-JSRCC Ryan Pledger- JSRCC Wanda Olden- PDCCC Madeleine Morales- PVCC […]

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Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Marine Skilled Trades Training Program Produces Successful Hiring Rate for Newport News Shipbuilding

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 1 comment.

A groundbreaking collaboration of Virginia Community Colleges with the state’s largest private employer, Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS), a division of Huntington Ingalls Inc., has resulted in exceptional success. The Marine Skilled Trades Training program acquired jobs for 363 students in Hampton Roads, a 93 percent hiring rate for the program which began in 2010.  Students […]

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Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

540-plus years of Virginia Community College service

Posted By Susan Hayden | 0 comments.

  The blast from the past echoed for more than 500 years when presidents gathered to celebrate John J. Cavan’s retirement from Southside Virginia Community College after 31 years. Past and present presidents pictured above represent 323 years of service as presidents at a Virginia Community College — and a total of 544 years of service […]

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Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2014

Take Five: New State Board Chair Dorcas Helfant-Browning – Honored and Eager

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

Dorcas Helfant-Browning, who was appointed to the State Board for Community Colleges by Governor Tim Kaine in 2009,  succeeds Bruce Meyer as chairman. “I’m very honored to chair a board of individuals with such diverse business backgrounds and such intellectual capacity,” she says. “If I look at those individuals and add them up, it’s overwhelmingly […]

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Posted on Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Grant Awards Focus Workforce Services on Veterans and Long-Term Unemployed

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

Exciting plans are underway at Virginia Community College System’s (VCCS) Office of Workforce Development to focus on training and job placement of two key populations in the state – veterans and the long-term unemployed. The U.S. Department of Labor recently awarded VCCS $3.4 million to provide veterans with community college credits for their past military […]

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