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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, February 21, 2017

DIVERSITY SPOTLIGHT: NOVA receives Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award for third consecutive year

Posted By Laura Osberger | 0 comments.

DIVERSITY SPOTLIGHT: NOVA receives Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award for third consecutive year Submitted by Kathy Thompson, Northern Virginia Community College Northern Virginia Community College was recently awarded the prestigious 2016 HEED Award by the owner and publisher of Insight into Diversity Magazine, Lenore Pearlstein. The HEED—Higher Education Excellence in Diversity—Award is in […]

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Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2017

INITIATIVE UPDATE: Helping Virginians Achieve the American Dream

Posted By Jim Babb | 0 comments.

Submitted by Jim Babb, Office of Strategic Communications “We’re at a turning point in realizing our mission as community colleges.” – Craig Herndon Considering recent events, it is no surprise that Craig Herndon is excited about the role of workforce training as Virginia’s Community Colleges enter our second 50 years of strengthening lives and communities […]

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Posted on Monday, February 20, 2017

Weekly General Assembly Round Up – Week 6 (Feb. 13-17, 2017)

Posted By Ellen Davenport | 0 comments.

With the scheduled “sine die” adjournment date of February 25 approaching next weekend, the 2017 General Assembly is heading down the home stretch. There has been no talk yet of adjourning early, but luckily there has also been no interest of a deadlock on the budget, adjourning later, or having to call a special session in […]

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Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017

GE Students at JTCC Express Heartfelt Thanks on Valentine’s Day

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

They come from various backgrounds and ethnicities; a veritable rainbow of color and ambition. And now that they’ve aged out of foster care, they’re looking to make their own way. But, aging out of foster care is like stepping off a cliff – one day, your basic needs are covered and the next, you’re on […]

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Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Weekly General Assembly Round Up – Week 5 (Feb. 6-10, 2017)

Posted By Ellen Davenport | 0 comments.

Below is a brief summary of last week’s activity. Budget Bills HB 1500 (Del. Jones) and SB 900 (Sens. Norment and Hanger) passed their respective houses on Thursday, when each body examined and voted on the amendments proposed by the House  Appropriations Committee and the Senate Finance Committee on February 5.  The budgets have crossed […]

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Posted on Thursday, February 9, 2017

Take Five with MECC President Dr. Scott Hamilton: Drone Program is Taking Off

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

Launched in the summer of 2015, Mountain Empire Community College’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) program has opened up new frontiers in rural southwest Virginia, a region hit hard by the decline of big coal. Through the program, students are learning how to maintain, design, fabricate, and fly drones. MECC has positioned itself at the forefront of this […]

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Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Welding Sparks a Career Change for Blue Ridge Man

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Submitted by Cathy Sliwoski, BRCC PR Specialist  Thanks to several grants available at Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC), Don Conner (pictured above) got his hands on a new career in welding. After 23 years in truck driving, the 51-year-old was ready for a change of pace. “Raymond, my Adult Career Coach, was great. Welding was […]

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