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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, April 6, 2016

Ring the Bell for Employment

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Andrew Compton (pictured left), a young military veteran, did what most people do when they visit the Opportunity, Inc. One-Stop Workforce Center in Norfolk – he rang the bell for employment. Recently separated from the Navy and looking for work, Compton came to the workforce center hoping to cultivate a job opportunity. He was given […]

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Posted on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

New Program Serves as Bridge Between Needy Students and Credentials

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For the first time ever, Financial Aid has been made available to eligible students taking short-term Noncredit Training leading to Industry-recognized Credentials (FANTIC). Traditionally, student financial aid has only been available to those enrolled in curriculums for academic credit such as career studies certificates or associate degree programs offered at the community colleges. Starting this […]

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Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Weekly General Assembly Roundup: It’s a Wrap

Posted By Ellen Davenport | 0 comments.

Workforce Credentials Bills Are Signed Into Law Governor Terry McAuliffe signed HB 66 (Byron) and SB 576 (Ruff) into law in a ceremony on the south portico of the Capitol. The groundbreaking legislation establishes the New Economy Workforce Credential Grant Program and Fund. This is the first performance-based model for noncredit workforce funding in the […]

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Posted on Monday, March 14, 2016

General Assembly commends Virginia’s Community Colleges on 50th Anniversary

Posted By Susan Hayden | 0 comments.

  Before they adjourned Saturday, General Assembly members took a brief break from a enacting precedent-setting workforce credential legislation to tip their hats to the 50th Anniversary of Virginia’s Community Colleges. Del. Stephen Landes was the patron of the legislation, together with Del. Tony Wilt and Senators Emmett Hangar and Siobhan Dunnavant, which received final approval on March 10.  […]

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Posted on Friday, March 11, 2016

New Horizons Conference Will Feature First Master Class

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

Preceding next month’s New Horizons conference will be a three-hour workshop entitled A Master Class on Cooperative Learning for Student Success. Dr. Greg Hodges, vice president of Institutional Advancement, Effectiveness and Campus Life at Patrick Henry Community College, will lead this highly interactive 3-hour atelier that’s designed to educate, inspire, and rejuvenate community college educators. Hodges says PHCC has been instrumental in […]

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Posted on Thursday, March 10, 2016

Chancellor Responds After Governor Signs Workforce Credentials Plan into Law

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Dear colleagues and friends: Today was an historic day for Virginia’s Community Colleges. The Commonwealth of Virginia will soon invest in high-demand workforce credentials just like it has been investing in our degree programs for the past 50 years. This moment is transformative for individual students seeking another path to success; for businesses that cannot […]

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Posted on Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Prince William SkillSource Center Wins NASWA William J Harris Award

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

The One-Stop partnership in the Prince William SkillSource Center (PW SSC) won the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) William J Harris Award. The William J. Harris Award was established to recognize excellence in the field of equal opportunity (EO). The PW SCC partners worked together to develop innovative programs in the workforce center.  […]

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