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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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Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014

Weekly General Assembly Roundup: Week 7

Posted By Ellen Davenport | 0 comments.

House and Senate Budgets Pass Their Houses of Origin and Are Referred to Committee in the Opposite House Yesterday, the House of Delegates and Senate each passed their respective budgets. The House and Senate budget overviews were released on February 16, and details became available mid-day on February 18.  The budgets have crossed over to the […]

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Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014

Navy Veteran Offers Copious Amounts of Praise for Reynolds Community College

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

Before she became a student, Tiwana Simon was a sailor. She spent six years in the Navy circumnavigating the globe. With the exception of the Indian Ocean, she has traversed every sea and walked on just about every continent. “My favorite places were Africa, São Tomé, and Japan – Japan because it was so peaceful. […]

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Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Data is Power

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

As a parent of a three-year old, planning for her education is foremost on my mind. While my husband and I will support her in whatever makes her happy, as parents, we still need to make plans to help set her on a path to success. To that end, we live within walking distance of […]

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Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014

Self-Styled “Country Boy” Sees NRCC as Springboard to Career in Manufacturing

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

When Dustin Dishon speaks, his accent betrays him. You quickly realize that the New River valley is his home; the rolling hills that help distinguish this rural landscape from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and the Cumberland Mountains to the west are his backyard.   “I grew up on a farm (in Pulaski […]

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Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014

Weekly General Assembly Roundup: Week 6

Posted By Ellen Davenport | 0 comments.

It has been an interesting and challenging week! More snow and ice led to the Governor’s declaration of a state of emergency, and the rescheduling of the February 12 legislative reception until February 26. This week’s and last week’s combined snow caused nine colleges to cancel their planned visits to Richmond over the last two […]

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