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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 Monday, March 10, 2014

Weekly General Assembly Roundup: No Budget

Posted By Ellen Davenport | 0 comments.

The 2014 General Assembly adjourned on March 8 without a budget.  Both the “caboose” bill (HB 29/SB 29) and the biennial budget bill (HB 30/SB 30) failed to be approved by both chambers. Governor Terry McAuliffe wrote a letter to all members of the General Assembly that day, advising them that he would be calling […]

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Posted on Friday, March 7, 2014

Weekly General Assembly Roundup: Week 9

Posted By Ellen Davenport | 0 comments.

Special Session, or Session Extension? The original session for the 2014 General Assembly called for the General Assembly to adjourn on Saturday, March 8 and that the report of the budget conference committee could not be considered until 36 hours after its completion (unless 2/3 of the members of each house voted otherwise). Under HJ 17, […]

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Posted on Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Apprenticeships Are a Win-Win

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I was excited to attend the commencement exercises for the Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding this past Saturday to celebrate the graduation of 137 apprentices, alongside an energetic group of family and friends.  Apprenticeship is an “Earn and Learn” training model that provides a unique combination of structured learning with on-the-job training and related […]

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Posted on Monday, March 3, 2014

Musician Rediscovers His Passion for Learning at LFCC

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

In addition to being a student at LFCC, Kimmon Waldruff is also a musician. He’s performed at festivals, night clubs, children’s camps, and fundraising events and is currently working on his third CD (see link below). http://www.reverbnation.com/kimmonwaldruff Waldruff also gives back to the Winchester community he’s called home for the last 28 years. He and […]

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Posted on Monday, March 3, 2014

Weekly General Assembly Roundup: Week 8

Posted By Ellen Davenport | 0 comments.

Community College Workforce Training Bill Still in the House of Delegates Chancellor Glenn DuBois testified before the Higher Education Subcommittee of the House Education Committee on February 25 in support of SB 628 (Ruff).  This legislation will expand Virginia’s skilled workforce by establishing an incentive of $1,000 for each  Virginia student who completes both training […]

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Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014

High School Career Coach Provides Missing Link Between Students and Local Industry

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

Before becoming a high school career coach, Sarah Brown worked as a public defender, and before that, she helped struggling socioeconomic groups and dislocated workers get trained and employed. Brown has always been drawn to helping people get the support they need. “It was really very fulfilling to see people who had no hope of […]

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Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Grateful GE Student Hopes to One Day Teach at JTCC

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

Born in Burma (now known as Myanmar), Asein (pronounced ah-seen) Ta was orphaned as a child and spent four years living in refugee camps. In 2008, he was brought to the U.S. to begin a new life in Virginia. His foster parents spoke only English. But that’s what Ta wanted. Being surrounded by a language […]

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