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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, May 7, 2019

Faculty procrastinators, time is running out. There’s limited time to migrate course content to the new VCCS learning management system.

Posted By Jim Babb | 0 comments.

The good news is that there IS still time for VCCS faculty to migrate course content to the new Canvas LMS. The deadline is May 17. Here’s a video to help. The rollout of Canvas began in the fall semester of 2018. Under guidance from the VCCS’s eLearning and Educational Technology committee (eLET), instructional designers […]

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Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2019

To boost student success, Virginia’s Community Colleges explore ending reliance on high stakes placement tests and developmental classes — so more students can enroll directly into college level courses.

Posted By Jim Babb | 1 comment.

Placement tests and developmental instruction were intended to help underprepared students succeed in college. There’s growing evidence that those good intentions are not helping, but instead are holding back many students who could succeed in college level courses, with the proper support. “We need to redesign our system for placing students in gateway math and […]

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Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2019

National experts drive home the point at VCCS New Horizons conference: student hunger and homelessness are growing…and keeping community college students from succeeding.

Posted By Jim Babb | 0 comments.

Two leading national experts in student hunger and poverty told VCCS faculty and administrators in clear terms that they must do more to help students cope with serious issues they face outside the classroom. Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab and Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart bookended New Horizons, the annual VCCS faculty conference that brought more than 900 instructors […]

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Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Medaling in Excellence: Academic rock stars recognized for exceptional achievment in and outside of the classroom

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

Dozens of students from Virginia’s Community Colleges were honored this month for their commitment to academic excellence and public service during a celebratory luncheon in Richmond. They’re now members of an elite group, having been formally inducted into Phi Theta Kappa — the international honor society of two-year colleges and academic programs. And membership has […]

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Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2019

NOVA accounting professor Jill Mitchell wins top VCCS faculty award. 2019 New Horizons conference recognizes exceptional community college educators from across Virginia.

Posted By Jim Babb | 0 comments.

Nominating Jill Mitchell to be recognized for the VCCS top faculty honor, Northern Virginia Community College President Scott Ralls wrote “Jill has a uniquely stimulating style of teaching, being able to relate discipline concepts to real world business situations, using her depth of professional experience and her personal abilities to relate to her students. She […]

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Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2019

SWCC hosts Hollywood memorabilia collection

Posted By Jim Babb | 1 comment.

Mapquest says the distance from Hollywood, CA to Cedar Bluff, VA is 2,362 miles, but this month, the gap will seem a bit smaller with a collection of items from the golden era of movies on public view at Southwest Virginia Community College. As part of SWCC’s Festival of the Arts, and exhibit of film […]

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Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Serving a higher purpose – students from Mountain Empire Community College donate their time and energy during Spring Break

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Five Mountain Empire Community College students put their Spring Break to good use this year, participating in MECC’s first annual Alternative Spring Break service trip. The team traveled to Greensboro, NC in the college-sponsored project and partnered with Habitat for Humanity to rehab an existing Habitat house. Over the course of five days, the team […]

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