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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 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

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

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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Posted on Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Virginia Financial Success Network: Building Careers, Growing Credit, Decreasing Debt

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 1 comment.

Reducing poverty and increasing postsecondary attainment is the focus of an important study launching this fall in the Commonwealth. This study, the Virginia Financial Success Network, will aim to help families build self-sufficiency, stabilize finances and move ahead. The U.S. Department of Labor awarded $12 million to the Virginia Community College System through the Workforce […]

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Posted on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Community College Provides Pathway to Engineering

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Jayla with her Instructor Vincent Brown, Assistant Professor of Technology at SVCC.    Asked how she felt about being a female engineering student, Jayla Seward of Brunswick County said she does not think about it much. Women have come a long way and occupations that were once male dominated are no longer that way; and […]

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Posted on Friday, November 6, 2015

First-Year VCCS Instructors Rally in Richmond

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

“The future of our students is totally dependent on the quality of the faculty placed before them.” – Dr. Todd Zakrajsek, keynote  First-year VCCS faculty members from around the state descended on Richmond recently for this year’s New Faculty Seminar – two days of no holds barred, intense professional development. Their ultimate objective? To become more […]

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