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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, November 4, 2015

Welding and Machining Programs at Blue Ridge Community College Help Fill Local High Demand Career Fields

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The welding and machining programs at Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) have only been in existence two years, yet their success is already being recognized throughout the community college system. To date, the program has provided classes to 278 students, of which 54 have obtained welding certifications. This work aligns with Virginia’s Community Colleges new […]

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Posted on Monday, October 19, 2015

Leaders Flourish at this Year’s Academy

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” — General George Patton For four consecutive days, the downstairs conference room at Virginia Community Colleges’ headquarters was bustling with activity. Faculty, administrators and staff members from all 23 of Virginia’s Community Colleges had come to […]

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Posted on Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Thomas Nelson Community College Educating Cyber Security Workforce

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

Thomas Nelson’s Stephen Foster, Cyber Security Program Manager, William “Bud” Barnett, Director of Professional & Continuing Education, and Dr. Deborah George Wright, Vice President of Workforce Development; joined Col. Bradley Pyburn, United States Air Force, Senior Cyberspace Leader, Air Combat Command and Thomas Nelson President John T. Dever.    News of cyber-attacks are all too frequent these days, […]

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Posted on Monday, September 28, 2015

Virginia’s Community Colleges and VMA Team Up to Create New Generation of Manufacturing Professionals in Rural Virginia

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 1 comment.

The future of Virginia’s manufacturing community is critical to the viability of the commonwealth, with 6,000 manufacturers employing more than 200,000 people and contributing $34 billion to the state’s gross national product. A two-year Tobacco Commission grant is paving the way for the Virginia Manufacturing Association (VMA) and the Virginia Community College System to ensure […]

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Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

STEM Student Uses Rural Horseshoe Community College As Stepping Stone

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

Keegan Fry is a smart, hardworking young man, focused on a single goal – to begin Drexel University next fall. He hopes to achieve this goal through the help of scholarships, grants, and maybe just a little good luck. Fry is the son of an American-born father and a Thai mother who speaks English as […]

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Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Take Five with Kent Farmer: Energizing Virginia’s Rural Horseshoe

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

Kent Farmer is president and CEO of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative which provides electric service to over 160,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. A 2015 recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy, Farmer has been a key supporter of the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative – a 10-year project that’s designed to raise educational attainment […]

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Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Financial Aid for Non-Credit Training Leading to Industry-Recognized Credentials

Posted By Virginia's Community Colleges | 0 comments.

At the August 2014 Chancellor’s Annual Planning Retreat, Dr. Glenn DuBois unveiled the newly proposed strategic plan that will help Virginia’s Community Colleges focus on one goal through 2021: tripling the number of credentials awarded for economic vitality and individual prosperity. The plan contains the single goal, to go from awarding 38,000 credentials to no […]

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