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Posted on Thursday, August 7, 2014

MECC Offers College Boot Camp to Help Teens Prepare for the Road Ahead

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

For many teens whose high school experience is suddenly clearly visible in their rear view mirror, the way forward requires a thoughtful and deliberate decision-making process. After all, their future depends upon it. So, what’s an aspiring college student to do? Fortunately, rising high school juniors and seniors in Wise, Lee and Scott Counties have just […]

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Posted on Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Workforce Leaders Talk Jobs and Education Following Governor’s Trip to Danville

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Governor Terry McAuliffe, along with his cabinet and workforce leaders, traveled to Danville yesterday to focus on jobs, education, and growing the economy. Craig Herndon, Vice Chancellor for Workforce Development at Virginia’s Community Colleges, was in attendance throughout the day. “Virginia’s Community Colleges are thrilled to work with Governor McAuliffe in understanding and addressing the wide range of workforce needs facing Virginia’s business community. Yesterday’s event at Danville Community College highlighted the important role that community colleges play in preparing Virginians for in-demand jobs, often through short-term and technical training."

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Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2014

Virginia’s Community Colleges: Increasingly Popular Destination for Hispanic and Latino Students

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

Hispanic and Latino students are attending Virginia’s 23 community colleges in record numbers, achieving greater academic success and earning more transfer-oriented credentials than ever before. That is according to analysis of student enrollment between the years 2009-2013 presented to the State Board for Community Colleges. Hispanic and Latino student enrollment grew nearly 58 percent during […]

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Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A National Voice for Virginia’s Workforce Professionals

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VCCS Workforce Development Services member Valaryee Mitchell was recently elected to serve on the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) board as the Region 3 representative. This is a significant opportunity for Virginia’s community of front-line workers, given Mitchell’s 13-plus years of experience in local case management and operations, and her current role as […]

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Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Recipient of Prestigious Foundation Scholarship Named

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Michee Mutangu is the fifth community college student to receive the Kathy Camper Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship. He’s also the first person in his family to graduate high school and go to college. Mutangu says the scholarship has given him hope and a chance for a brighter future. “If it was not for the scholarship that I […]

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Posted on Thursday, July 17, 2014

Foundation Selects Its Fourth Class of Valley Proteins Scholars

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education has selected 10 students to represent the fourth class of the prestigious Valley Proteins Fellows scholarship program. The 2014-2015 class of Fellows includes (identified left to right at end of each row): John Jimenez - DSLCC Christopher Henshaw - GCC Linda Foreman- JSRCC Jayson Johnson-JSRCC Ryan Pledger- JSRCC Wanda Olden- PDCCC Madeleine Morales- PVCC […]

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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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