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Posted on Monday, December 1, 2014

Rebuilding Virginia’s Middle Class through Skills Enhancement

Posted By Susan Hayden | 0 comments.

Among the discussions that took place at the Annual Meeting of the Virginia Community College System was a panel discussion on what Virginia – and higher education – needs to do to boost employability  of its citizens, and help meet the goal of tripling the attainment of credentials in both credit and noncredit areas. “This is […]

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Posted on Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Opportunity Inc. Youth Goes from Virginia Beach STEM Program to Princeton

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

Myesha Jemison has never been one to settle on a single hobby or interest. “I like to engage in different things to have a well-rounded platform of knowledge,” says the 18-year-old Bayside High School Health Sciences Academy senior. Jemison has experience volunteering at hospitals, holding leadership positions in various organizations, and most recently participating in […]

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Posted on Monday, November 24, 2014

The Employment Deficit: Soft Skills

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

Millennials grew up surrounded by technology. Mastering the tools of the trade – computers, hand-held devices, and social media – came easy. But proficiency in one arena may have created a deficiency in another – communication. Today’s employers are looking for people who can show value beyond the job description. Put simply, the most attractive […]

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Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2014

Failure is not a four-letter word: Shawn Boyer

Posted By Susan Hayden | 0 comments.

  “I want you to throw the word failure out of your vocabulary,” Shawn Boyer, founder of the hourly employment network, Snag-A-Job, told a crowd of scholarship recipients, their families and their college communities this week at the annual VFCCE Scholarship Luncheon. “You tried it, and it didn’t work – stop thinking about it as […]

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Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Annual Meeting 2014: One Single Goal

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

With Achieve 2015 fading into history, the time had come to light the fuse under the strategic planning task force’s latest proposal that would illuminate the way forward for the next six years. The plan is bold, concise and elegant in its simplicity. In fact, it’s deceptively simple in that it contains only one goal […]

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Posted on Monday, November 17, 2014

RCC Student Reaps Rewards for Hard Work and Determination

Posted By Virginia's Community Colleges | 0 comments.

On April 16, Rappahannock Community College student Yanelys “Nelly” Perez-Velazco of Richmond County received a medallion and certificate recognizing her as one of the outstanding community college students who have been nominated to the 2014 All-Virginia Academic Team of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (the official honor society for two-year colleges worldwide). “I […]

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Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2014

For Public Servant, Lifelong Ambition Fueled by PHCC Experience

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

Since he was a teenager, Eddie Dillard had only one dream: to serve the public by being a firefighter or a law enforcement officer. He did both, but settled on one for a career. Dillard is now a trooper with the Virginia State Police, which is a journey he started at Patrick Henry Community College […]

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