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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, May 21, 2019

State budget surplus led to the upcoming tuition freeze at state supported colleges.

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General Assembly funding decisions have a profound impact on tuitions at state-supported colleges and universities. “This is the first time in my term as chancellor that we’ve been able to maintain existing tuitions system-wide from one year to the next,” said Glenn DuBois, who took the helm at the VCCS in 2001. “We’re grateful that […]

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Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Cupcake & chili cook-off fundraiser benefits Great Expectations students at JTCC

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College students transitioning from foster care got a helping hand in late April when VCCS system office employees gathered for what’s become an annual tradition: competitive cooking. Homemade cupcakes and chili attracted hungry office workers, generating more than $4,400 for the Great Expectations program at John Tyler Community College. The funds will provide school supplies […]

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Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2019

“Off-the-charts, knock-your-socks-off, record-setting” night generates $700,000 for GCC scholarship program

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Organizers already had set an ambitious goal for Germanna Community College’s 25th annual Monte Carlo fundraiser: $500,000. On April 27, the event smashed through its goal and more than doubled the previous record, raising $700,000 for the Germanna Guarantee Program, which helps students experiencing financial hardships stay in school as part of the Germanna Community […]

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Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Volunteer grounds beautification project at DCC generates crowd

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More than 200 student and community volunteers pitched in to spruce-up the grounds in and around Danville Community College as part of an annual service day coordinated by DCC and the Center for Community Engagement and Career Competitiveness (CCECC). “This event pulled together staff, students, and faculty to bond as a team in an environment […]

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Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Faculty procrastinators, time is running out. There’s limited time to migrate course content to the new VCCS learning management system.

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The good news is that there IS still time for VCCS faculty to migrate course content to the new Canvas LMS. The deadline is May 17. Here’s a video to help. The rollout of Canvas began in the fall semester of 2018. Under guidance from the VCCS’s eLearning and Educational Technology committee (eLET), instructional designers […]

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Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2019

To boost student success, Virginia’s Community Colleges explore ending reliance on high stakes placement tests and developmental classes — so more students can enroll directly into college level courses.

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Placement tests and developmental instruction were intended to help underprepared students succeed in college. There’s growing evidence that those good intentions are not helping, but instead are holding back many students who could succeed in college level courses, with the proper support. “We need to redesign our system for placing students in gateway math and […]

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Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2019

National experts drive home the point at VCCS New Horizons conference: student hunger and homelessness are growing…and keeping community college students from succeeding.

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Two leading national experts in student hunger and poverty told VCCS faculty and administrators in clear terms that they must do more to help students cope with serious issues they face outside the classroom. Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab and Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart bookended New Horizons, the annual VCCS faculty conference that brought more than 900 instructors […]

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