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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, May 23, 2019

VCCS Chancellor makes the case in DC for expanded use of Pell Grants for workforce training

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VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois traveled to Capitol Hill in Washington to urge a Congressional panel to make Pell Grants available to students enrolled in workforce training programs, like those offered by the VCCS FastForward program. Federal Pell Grants currently are available only to students in for-credit academic programs. “The ability to use Pell Grants for […]

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Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Great Expectations graduates receive message from someone who walked in their shoes: don’t let a label define you.

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by Caitlin Beckner, marketing specialist, Virginia Foundation for Community College Education  Dr. Kimberly Britt remembers being told, as a youth in foster care, that she was considered “at-risk.” “I was kind of offended by that,” she told the room full of Great Expectations graduates, coaches, donors, and others. She ticked off the things that she […]

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Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2019

A statewide contract now makes it easier for our colleges to secure help in researching and writing grant applications.

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The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) has selected Thomas P. Miller & Associates (TPMA) as its preferred vendor for Grant Development Services. The Indianapolis-based business services agency is available to support all 23 community colleges, System Office, and the Shared Services Center providing research, planning, and writing services related to grant funding strategies and applications […]

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Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2019

State budget surplus led to the upcoming tuition freeze at state supported colleges.

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General Assembly funding decisions have a profound impact on tuitions at state-supported colleges and universities. “This is the first time in my term as chancellor that we’ve been able to maintain existing tuitions system-wide from one year to the next,” said Glenn DuBois, who took the helm at the VCCS in 2001. “We’re grateful that […]

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Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Cupcake & chili cook-off fundraiser benefits Great Expectations students at JTCC

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College students transitioning from foster care got a helping hand in late April when VCCS system office employees gathered for what’s become an annual tradition: competitive cooking. Homemade cupcakes and chili attracted hungry office workers, generating more than $4,400 for the Great Expectations program at John Tyler Community College. The funds will provide school supplies […]

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Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2019

“Off-the-charts, knock-your-socks-off, record-setting” night generates $700,000 for GCC scholarship program

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Organizers already had set an ambitious goal for Germanna Community College’s 25th annual Monte Carlo fundraiser: $500,000. On April 27, the event smashed through its goal and more than doubled the previous record, raising $700,000 for the Germanna Guarantee Program, which helps students experiencing financial hardships stay in school as part of the Germanna Community […]

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Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Volunteer grounds beautification project at DCC generates crowd

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More than 200 student and community volunteers pitched in to spruce-up the grounds in and around Danville Community College as part of an annual service day coordinated by DCC and the Center for Community Engagement and Career Competitiveness (CCECC). “This event pulled together staff, students, and faculty to bond as a team in an environment […]

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