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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 30, 2018

Struggling with poverty on campus: NVCC student shares her story

Posted By Jim Babb | 1 comment.

She didn’t set out to become an activist, but Northern Virginia Community College student Maria Paz says her own struggles with poverty — and learning how widespread the problem is on American college campuses — changed her mind. “Students should not go hungry or worry about homelessness,” said Paz while attending a forum focused on […]

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Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Take Five with SWCC President Tommy Wright

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

1. You’ve been in the role of president for not quite a year now. What has proven to be your biggest challenge so far and how are you working to solve it? The biggest challenge has been balancing my time so that I can spend as much time as possible establishing relationships on campus, within […]

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Posted on Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Take Five with MECC President Kristen Westover

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

1. Looking back on your first year as president of MECC, briefly tell us about your biggest challenge? The biggest challenge I believe our college faces is communicating our relevance to potential students in the communities we serve in ways that result in increased college attendance for the citizens of our region. We recognize that […]

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Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2018

New VCCS Learning Management System now available for tryouts by ALL faculty & staff, system-wide

Posted By Jim Babb | 0 comments.

Faculty members selected for the early rollout of Canvas, the VCCS’s new Learning Management System (LMS), report the new system is intuitive and user friendly. They also recommend that their colleagues take full advantage of early opportunities to learn the new ropes. “Canvas has a very clean interface,” said Rong Zhu, instructional designer for Northern […]

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Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Celebrating Veterans in November

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

Hundreds of educators from around the state will gather November 8-9 for the Virginia Military and Veteran Education Summit at the Hampton Roads Convention Center to better understand the unique higher educational needs of student veterans and how best to serve them. Virginia’s veteran population is the 5th largest population in the nation. For many […]

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Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Texas educator tells VCCS leaders to “show love”

Posted By Jim Babb | 0 comments.

Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart offered advice to the Virginia Community College leaders gathered at the Chancellor’s Retreat last week in Virginia Beach: “Love the students you have, not the students you used to have.” Lowery-Hart is president of Amarillo College, a community college in Texas that has undergone massive transformation in recent years to serve students […]

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Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Chancellor urges VCCS to meet the changing needs of students now…and in the future

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“Simply put, our students today are older, poorer, more likely to be the first in their family to go to college – just like I was – and they are more likely to attend class part-time while working fulltime.” ~ Glenn DuBois, Chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois called on community college […]

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