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Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Governor Budgets $500,000 for Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative

Posted By Jeffrey Kraus | 0 comments.

The two goals of the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative — cutting in half the number of residents living within the Rural Horseshoe who lack a high school diploma or its equivalent, from nearly 20 percent to 10 percent, and doubling the percentage of rural residents who earn an associate degree or other college certification from […]

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Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Horseshoe Grant Puts Laid-Off Coal Miner in the Driver’s Seat

Posted By Virginia's Community Colleges | 0 comments.

The CDL program, which frequently pairs students and instructors inside the cab, is one of the most popular offered by Virginia’s Community Colleges. Jimmy Stipes was one of 96 employees laid-off when Alpha Natural Resources closed three coal mines in Dickenson County in 2015. Stipes and his wife were left living off of unemployment for 26 […]

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Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2016

Virginia’s Community Colleges to Play Significant Role in Governor’s Budget Proposal

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

In his annual State of the Commonwealth address, Governor Terry McAuliffe emphasized the need to reorient the state’s approach to education and training to meet the demands of a 21st Century workplace. “If we are going to prepare students for the jobs of today and create the jobs of tomorrow, we must fundamentally change the […]

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Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

MT1 Certificate Program Puts Virginians to Work

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

Leonard Buster is one of many success stories to come out of the partnership between the Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA) and Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA), which in 2015 launched the Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI) Manufacturing Technician Level 1 (MT1) certificate program. Buster, an army veteran, was first notified of the program through the Virginia […]

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Posted on Friday, December 18, 2015

Office of Professional Development Finishes Semester with Record Attendance

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The Office of Professional Development concluded the Fall 2015 semester by hosting the largest peer group conference of the semester. Over 240 VCCS faculty and staff members registered for the joint conference of the Developmental Education, Student Services, Learning Assistance Professionals, and Early Childhood Development peer groups. The conference was held November 13-14, 2015 at […]

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Posted on Wednesday, December 16, 2015

More Credentials Essential to Individual and Business Prospects in Virginia

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Virginia is on the verge of taking an important step forward in helping individuals earn terrific career opportunities, with family-supporting salaries, and supplying our businesses with the highly-qualified employees they struggle to hire today. I am talking about the plan Governor McAuliffe unveiled yesterday to expand community college training programs that lead to industry-recognized certifications. […]

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Posted on Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative Serves Thousands in First Year

Posted By Virginia's Community Colleges | 1 comment.

Michah Thomas’s dreams nearly evaporate before he could even pursue them. Despite having five older siblings, the Suffolk native intended to be the first in his family to go to college. His mother died a few years before he graduated high school, and then his father took ill. “I didn’t want my father to have […]

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