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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, July 16, 2014

Marine Skilled Trades Training Program Produces Successful Hiring Rate for Newport News Shipbuilding

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 1 comment.

A groundbreaking collaboration of Virginia Community Colleges with the state’s largest private employer, Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS), a division of Huntington Ingalls Inc., has resulted in exceptional success. The Marine Skilled Trades Training program acquired jobs for 363 students in Hampton Roads, a 93 percent hiring rate for the program which began in 2010.  Students […]

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Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

540-plus years of Virginia Community College service

Posted By Susan Hayden | 0 comments.

  The blast from the past echoed for more than 500 years when presidents gathered to celebrate John J. Cavan’s retirement from Southside Virginia Community College after 31 years. Past and present presidents pictured above represent 323 years of service as presidents at a Virginia Community College — and a total of 544 years of service […]

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Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2014

Take Five: New State Board Chair Dorcas Helfant-Browning – Honored and Eager

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

Dorcas Helfant-Browning, who was appointed to the State Board for Community Colleges by Governor Tim Kaine in 2009,  succeeds Bruce Meyer as chairman. “I’m very honored to chair a board of individuals with such diverse business backgrounds and such intellectual capacity,” she says. “If I look at those individuals and add them up, it’s overwhelmingly […]

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Posted on Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Grant Awards Focus Workforce Services on Veterans and Long-Term Unemployed

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

Exciting plans are underway at Virginia Community College System’s (VCCS) Office of Workforce Development to focus on training and job placement of two key populations in the state – veterans and the long-term unemployed. The U.S. Department of Labor recently awarded VCCS $3.4 million to provide veterans with community college credits for their past military […]

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Posted on Wednesday, July 2, 2014

New Country, New Career: Community College Provides Pathway to Employment in United States

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

When she moved to the United States from Mexico in 2003, continuing to grow her successful career in finance was easier said than done for 44-year old Alma Zarate. After settling in Northern Virginia, a part-time teaching job presented the perfect opportunity to join the workforce and maintain the same schedule as her children. After spending […]

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Posted on Friday, June 27, 2014

Take Five with Laurie Owens: Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for Financial Aid

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 1 comment.

Financial aid helps put community college within reach for thousands of Virginians, but a few common mistakes and misconceptions can prove costly. VCCS Director of Financial Aid, Laurie Owens, offers some insights on how to navigate a path to success. 1. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is available Jan. 1, but students often don’t apply […]

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Posted on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Communicate, Coordinate, Collaborate, Connect: A Passion to Serve Veterans in Virginia

Posted By Virginia's Community Colleges | 0 comments.

by Naimi Ford, Workforce Development, Thomas Nelson Community College The success of veteran transition programs in Virginia should be measured by job placement. Coordination, connection and collaboration, underpinned by communication, will be the best way to use our resources to support the newest generation of veterans according to Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs, John […]

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