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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 2, 2016

Weekly General Assembly Roundup: Week 4

Posted By Ellen Davenport | 0 comments.

Despite the record snowfall, college presidents and their supporting business and industry delegations came to Richmond this week to visit with legislators and explain the importance of funding and legislation to support workforce credentials delivered through the Virginia Community College System.  The time and effort spent to make these contacts and advocate for our workforce […]

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Posted on Monday, February 1, 2016

Weekly General Assembly Roundup: Week 3

Posted By Ellen Davenport | 0 comments.

It’s been a busy and interesting first week in the General Assembly.  Procedural and organizational matters have dominated the first three days; committee memberships have been announced, and many bills will start to be considered in committee next week. As of this morning, 2,169 pieces of legislation have been introduced, and only 81 have begun […]

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Posted on Monday, February 1, 2016

Weekly General Assembly Roundup: Week 2

Posted By Ellen Davenport | 0 comments.

As typically happens in a “long” session of the General Assembly, committees geared up this week, but very few bills moved forward. To date, 2421 bills have been filed, and 2167 are still pending.  The deadline for bills to be filed is at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow. That means that there will be a flurry of […]

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Posted on Monday, February 1, 2016

Weekly General Assembly Roundup: Week 1

Posted By Ellen Davenport | 0 comments.

The 2016 General Assembly will convene on Wednesday, January 13.  So far, 959  bills  have been introduced and 43 bills of interest to the VCCS have already been identified that we will be carefully reviewing  and working to pass, fail, or improve. A list of the bills identified for the VCCS is attached. Bill introduction will accelerate […]

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Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Help Us Secure State Funding for the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative

Posted By Virginia's Community Colleges | 0 comments.

As co-chair of the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative Steering Committee, I am pleased that Governor McAuliffe included $500,000 in funding for this important program in the 2016-2018 state budget. I am writing to ask for your help in making certain that this funding remains in the budget as it begins its journey through the legislative […]

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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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