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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 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

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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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Posted on Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Full-Time Career Coaches Looking to Make Their Mark in the Horseshoe

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Career coaches in high schools play a significantly different role than their school counselor colleagues. School counselors are focused primarily on graduation. It is by sheer necessity that less focus is placed upon postsecondary education and career planning—this is a capacity and time issue. The career coaches assist those students who may have the capacity […]

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Posted on Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Big Stone Gap: A Love Letter to Southwest Virginia

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Winding mountain roads, sounds of bluegrass music, ubiquitous coal mines, lifelong friendships and buttermilk biscuits. Big Stone Gap is a story beaming with Virginia pride. Adriana Trigiani, herself a Big Stone Gap native, penned the best-selling novel and directed the movie. In an interview with Jeff Wilson at the Phoenix Film Festival, Trigiani described the […]

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Posted on Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Martinsville Man Creating Bright Future at Patrick Henry Community College

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Dontra Penn is in the process of transforming his life. Expected to graduate in May with an associate’s degree in industrial electronics from Patrick Henry Community College and begin a job in the high-demand field of mechatronics, Penn’s sole focus is on providing a secure future for his family. Penn will tell you that his […]

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Posted on Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Horseshoe Spotlight: Dabney S. Lancaster Community College

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When the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative was getting off the ground in 2014, Dr. John Rainone, president of Dabney S. Lancaster Community College (DSLCC), was one of the first of the college presidents wanting to get on board. Established in 1962, DSLCC is a small school whose faculty to student ratio is a noteworthy 15:1; […]

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Posted on Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Rural Horseshoe gets support from two governors

Posted By Susan Hayden | 0 comments.

  The Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative received some high powered attention this month when stakeholders from throughout the region were invited to the Governor’s Mansion to discuss the future of Virginia’s most educationally disadvantaged citizens. Former Governor Gerald L. Baliles, who has chaired the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education for the past two years, […]

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