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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, November 11, 2014

When It Comes to Higher Ed, Virginia’s Community Colleges are Veterans’ First Stop

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

In 2012, Albemarle County Resident and Marine veteran Joyce Howard was a working mother with two children and a job that she planned to have until retirement. When her employer was forced to downsize due to lack of program funding, she unexpectedly found herself unemployed. The next few months brought a lot of uncertainty, but […]

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Posted on Wednesday, November 5, 2014

That’s A Wrap – Elevate Virginia Workforce Month

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

Elevate Virginia Workforce Month was recognized through various programs and events across the state during the month of October – here is a calendar to check out all the great work. In addition, a new workforce brand, Elevate Virginia, was launched, a proclamation was made by the Governor and workforce development professionals from across the […]

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Posted on Monday, November 3, 2014

PDCCC Student Finds Opportunity After Devastating Setback

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

The loss of a job ranks very high among life’s most stressful events. Wanda Olden survived a horrifying time of uncertainty after suddenly losing her job about a year ago. “I was devastated,” she recalled. “I didn’t know what I was going to do.” But she picked herself up, dusted herself off, and is now repurposing her […]

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Posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Eastern Shore Community College Prepares for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

While Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) are a hot topic in the national news, Eastern Shore Community College (ESCC) is busy planning for the workforce development need that this emerging industry will likely bring to their local economy.  The FAA selected six congressionally-mandated test sites on December 30, 2013. One of these sites is the Virginia […]

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Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2014

Statewide Events – Elevate Virginia Workforce Month

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

Governor McAuliffe proclaimed October as Elevate Virginia Workforce Month and launched the new brand for workforce development in the state of Virginia. In addition, the Governor also proclaimed October to be TechTober. Numerous events throughout the month of October celebrate growing Virginia businesses, getting our veterans back to work and building a robust technical workforce. […]

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Posted on Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Workforce Professionals Build the Future of Virginia Together

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

Workforce professionals from across the state of Virginia gathered in Hampton, Virginia last week for a conference dedicated to professional development and sharing strategies for helping Virginians with job training and employment services.  “You cannot do economic development without having sufficient supplies of talent with the right credentials and competencies,” Maurice Jones, secretary of commerce […]

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Posted on Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Governor McAuliffe Kicks Off Elevate Virginia Workforce Month

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

Workforce leaders from across the state gathered at the Governor’s mansion on the eve of Sept. 30 for the unveiling of Virginia’s new workforce brand, Elevate Virginia, and the kickoff of Elevate Virginia Workforce Month. Maurice Jones, Secretary of Commerce and Trade, offered remarks about the administration’s commitment to workforce development and training – to […]

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