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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 Thursday, March 3, 2016

Power Line Worker Training School Officially Opens in Rural Southside Virginia

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

The Super Tuesday primary wasn’t the only thing making news on March 1st. Virginia’s Community Colleges began their 50th anniversary year, and most importantly, it was the official opening of the Power Line Worker Training School at Fort Pickett, VA. For a lot of folks in rural Southside Virginia and the Blackstone area in particular, the […]

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Posted on Friday, February 26, 2016

Weekly General Assembly Roundup: Week 9

Posted By Ellen Davenport | 0 comments.

Budget News is Favorable for the VCCS Budgets unveiled on Feb. 21 from the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Finance Committee are very favorable for the VCCS.  Both sides included new funding for access, student completion and success, and continued support for increased financial aid and significant startup funding for our workforce credentials priority […]

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Posted on Monday, February 22, 2016

Weekly General Assembly Roundup: Week 8

Posted By Ellen Davenport | 0 comments.

Budget Recommendations Revealed on Sunday The House and Senate have already adjourned, as “crossover” concluded on Tuesday, bill passage deadlines are not looming,  and members of the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Finance Committee work to finish their budget recommendations, which will be revealed on Sunday, Feb. 21.  The HAC will hold a briefing […]

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Posted on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Dana B. Hamel Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship: The Right Thing To Do

Posted By Karen Petersen | 0 comments.

  At a recent Town Hall, Chancellor DuBois announced he and Karen Petersen will match contributions to the Dana B. Hamel Fund dollar for dollar in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Virginia’s Community Colleges. Here below are Karen’s comments about her friend and mentor, Dana B. Hamel, who of course greeted VCCS employees with […]

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Posted on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Weekly General Assembly Roundup: Week 7

Posted By Ellen Davenport | 0 comments.

Legislation Will Help Educational Foundations With Bond Market Access SB 313 (Petersen) and HB 1012 (Massie) will allow foundations of public institutions of higher education in Virginia to use the Virginia College Building Authority as a conduit issuer to access the tax-exempt bond market for financing foundation-sponsored capital projects. Currently, foundations of public higher educational […]

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Posted on Thursday, February 11, 2016

Weekly General Assembly Roundup: Week 6

Posted By Ellen Davenport | 0 comments.

House and Senate Workforce Credentials Bills Clear Committees of Origin A substitute for HB 66 (Byron) passed out of the House Education Committee on February 10.  The bill was unanimously reported from the Higher Education Subcommittee on Feb. 9.  All House workforce bills (HB 792, HB 793, HB 1206) have been tabled, and those bills’ […]

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Posted on Wednesday, February 10, 2016

For Student Ambassador, Academic Achievement and Soft Skills are Essential for Success

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

Sofia Duarte is wrapping up her second year at Reynolds Community College. She’s an engineering major and wants to transfer to either VCU or Virginia Tech next year. “Since I was very young, I really liked working with design. I even liked playing with Legos even though that’s very simplistic.”  But, the way forward wasn’t […]

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