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Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2014

Failure is not a four-letter word: Shawn Boyer

Posted By Susan Hayden | 0 comments.

  “I want you to throw the word failure out of your vocabulary,” Shawn Boyer, founder of the hourly employment network, Snag-A-Job, told a crowd of scholarship recipients, their families and their college communities this week at the annual VFCCE Scholarship Luncheon. “You tried it, and it didn’t work – stop thinking about it as […]

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Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Annual Meeting 2014: One Single Goal

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

With Achieve 2015 fading into history, the time had come to light the fuse under the strategic planning task force’s latest proposal that would illuminate the way forward for the next six years. The plan is bold, concise and elegant in its simplicity. In fact, it’s deceptively simple in that it contains only one goal […]

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Posted on Monday, November 17, 2014

RCC Student Reaps Rewards for Hard Work and Determination

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On April 16, Rappahannock Community College student Yanelys “Nelly” Perez-Velazco of Richmond County received a medallion and certificate recognizing her as one of the outstanding community college students who have been nominated to the 2014 All-Virginia Academic Team of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (the official honor society for two-year colleges worldwide). “I […]

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Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2014

For Public Servant, Lifelong Ambition Fueled by PHCC Experience

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

Since he was a teenager, Eddie Dillard had only one dream: to serve the public by being a firefighter or a law enforcement officer. He did both, but settled on one for a career. Dillard is now a trooper with the Virginia State Police, which is a journey he started at Patrick Henry Community College […]

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Posted on Tuesday, November 11, 2014

When It Comes to Higher Ed, Virginia’s Community Colleges are Veterans’ First Stop

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

In 2012, Albemarle County Resident and Marine veteran Joyce Howard was a working mother with two children and a job that she planned to have until retirement. When her employer was forced to downsize due to lack of program funding, she unexpectedly found herself unemployed. The next few months brought a lot of uncertainty, but […]

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Posted on Wednesday, November 5, 2014

That’s A Wrap – Elevate Virginia Workforce Month

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

Elevate Virginia Workforce Month was recognized through various programs and events across the state during the month of October – here is a calendar to check out all the great work. In addition, a new workforce brand, Elevate Virginia, was launched, a proclamation was made by the Governor and workforce development professionals from across the […]

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Posted on Monday, November 3, 2014

PDCCC Student Finds Opportunity After Devastating Setback

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

The loss of a job ranks very high among life’s most stressful events. Wanda Olden survived a horrifying time of uncertainty after suddenly losing her job about a year ago. “I was devastated,” she recalled. “I didn’t know what I was going to do.” But she picked herself up, dusted herself off, and is now repurposing her […]

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