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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 5, 2019

MECC Professor Who Lost Home to Fire Says She’s Thankful to be Alive

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

Imagine if a fire breaks out inside your home while you’re still in it. Smoke is everywhere and the temperature is rising…quickly. What would you do? That’s the situation MECC English professor Brandi Martinez and her daughter, Wintress, were confronted with a little over a week ago. Martinez says both she and her daughter were […]

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Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2019

CVCC FastForward “Ambassadors” pay tribute to Virginia lawmaker who is urging the General Assembly to invest more in workforce training programs.

Posted By Jim Babb | 0 comments.

As Virginia lawmakers consider additional funding for the FastForward workforce training through Virginia’s Community Colleges, three CVCC workforce graduates traveled to Richmond in late January to convey how training at CVCC changed their lives. Farley Dickey, Natalie Niehaus and Jamaul Taylor accompanied CVCC President John Capps in a trip to the General Assembly office of […]

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Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Take Five with VCCS’s New Chief Diversity Officer Carla Kimbrough

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

1. I understand you’re a former journalist. Please tell us a little more about your background and how you became interested in this particular field of endeavor. I loved being a journalist. It allowed me and my teams of reporters to tell untold stories. I always thought some of the most interesting stories involved people […]

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Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Chancellor’s Faculty Advisory Committee: new parental leave policy is a product of collegial relationship between faculty and VCCS administration.

Posted By Virginia's Community Colleges | 0 comments.

By Charles Errico, Ph.D. CFAC Chair In June of 2018, Governor Ralph Northam granted parental leave for classified staff. This important benefit did not apply to the 2,300 full-time teaching faculty in the VCCS. Even before the Governor’s announcement, the Chancellor’s Faculty Advisory Council (CFAC) had proposed that parental leave was an important recruitment tool […]

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Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Parental leave policy extended to faculty employees at Virginia’s Community Colleges. Classified state workers at VCCS have been covered by policy since last summer.

Posted By Jim Babb | 0 comments.

La Fonda McWilliams-Wyatt and Brett Tavel know first-hand how important it is to be able to spend time at home with new family members. McWilliams-Wyatt recently secured full legal placement of her eight-year-old godchild. Tavel and his wife, Alysa, welcomed a newborn son. McWilliams-Wyatt and Tavel are classified state employees at the VCCS system office, […]

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Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2019

TNCC Ballroom Dance Team Gearing Up for March Competition at Penn State

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 1 comment.

With the Big Apple Dancesport Challenge behind them and a host of awards, including two first place finishes under their belt, the 11-members of the TNCC Ballroom Dance Team are working on some exciting new moves and techniques as they prepare for next month’s Keystone Classic at Penn State University. Competing on a national stage means […]

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Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2019

2019 Virginia General Assembly is an active session for VCCS priorities

Posted By Jim Babb | 0 comments.

Virginia lawmakers rolled back into Richmond earlier this month for their 46-day “short session,” and there’s no shortage of higher-education issues before legislators. Ellen Davenport, VCCS Assistant Vice Chancellor for Governmental Relations and Administrative Services, is leading the VCCS team at the Capitol, and keeping an eye on a range of issues, including: • State […]

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