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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, April 9, 2019

State Board Travels to Consider Tuition, Credit for Prior Learning, and Presidential Hiring Policies

Posted By Jeffrey Kraus | 0 comments.

The State Board for Community Colleges met on March 20 and 21 at The Madison Hotel in Harrisonburg, continuing the tradition of holding the March meeting in the Board chair’s home community college region. Dr. Jonathan R. Alger, the president of James Madison University welcomed the Board with brief remarks, highlighting the transfer relationship JMU […]

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Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Community College Workforce Alliance launches FastForward EMT training for young people in Petersburg

Posted By Virginia's Community Colleges | 0 comments.

Fifteen young people in Petersburg are training for a high-demand career in emergency service response, thanks to a new a partnership supported by the Virginia Community College System’s Young Adult Initiative, Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), John Tyler Community College, and Southside Adult Education Programs. The students, 18 to 24 years old, are enrolled in […]

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Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2019

VCCS Nursing programs earn high rankings from national organization

Posted By Jim Babb | 0 comments.

VCCS Registered Nurse training programs have earned high marks in a new ranking of nursing programs across Virginia. Compiled by California-based RegisteredNursing.org, the rankings were based on pass-rates for the NCLEX-RN exam, the National Council Licensure Examination used by states to determine whether a candidate is prepared for entry-level nursing practice. Of the 63 RN […]

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Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society (PTK) awards top scholarships to Northern Virginia Community College student who overcame adversity

Posted By Jim Babb | 2 comments.

“We bounced from motels to homeless shelters and were even forced to sleep in our car during my sophomore year in high school.” Niketas Koussis doesn’t hold back when asked about his upbringing. “I experienced days where my only meal was the free one at school and I struggled because I didn’t have access to […]

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Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Guaranteed job interviews an added benefit of a FastForward program at Lord Fairfax Community College

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

Imagine a scenario where Virginia’s Community Colleges work directly with local businesses to train workers for their growing business demands, and then guarantee all of those trained an interview with these companies upon completion. The result is a solid-paying job for the majority of graduates. Meet Lord Fairfax Community College’s (LFCC) Heavy Equipment Operator (HEO) […]

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Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2019

PVCC’s unmanned aircraft training program commended by national organization during drone conference near Charlottesville

Posted By Jim Babb | 0 comments.

An organization that promotes the use of drone aircraft by public safety agencies has commended Piedmont Virginia Community College’s unmanned aircraft training program for its leadership in the nascent field. The National Council for Public Safety Unmanned Aircraft Systems recognized PVCC during the college’s recent three day conference on drone operations near Charlottesville. Charles L. […]

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Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Proposals being accepted now for Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative

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By Caitlin Beckner, Marketing Specialist, VFCCE Fourteen colleges in Virginia’s “rural horseshoe” may be eligible for funding for career coaches and other initiatives to promote high school graduation rates, higher education enrollment, and credential attainment among the state’s most underserved areas. Grants are available through the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative (RVHI), a program launched by […]

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