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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 Tuesday, March 25, 2014

General Assembly Roundup: Special Session 3/24/2014

Posted By Ellen Davenport | 0 comments.

This morning, Governor Terry McAuliffe released HB 5003.  A press release describing this budget is attached.   This budget used former Governor McDonnell’s budget as a starting point, and incorporated 104 revenue and expenditure amendments.  HB 5003 contained a two-year pilot program for Medicaid expansion; Governor McAuliffe had received a letter from the federal government’s Center for […]

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Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Northern Virginia Veteran Scores Employment Success

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Despite nine years of experience as a Project Manager, Gerardo Romero was let go from his job due to the declining financial condition of his firm.  Gerardo found his skills outdated and lacking for today’s job market. A Workforce Services Representative from the Virginia Employment Commission referred Gerardo to the Northern Virginia Jobs for Veterans […]

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Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Wizard Turns Five

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

The Virginia Education Wizard has come a long way in a relatively short period of time – from infancy to adulthood in just five short years. And, it’s still evolving and growing in popularity. The Wizard and its interactive avatar “Ginny” have helped thousands of prospective students tailor their academic schedules, chart career paths and […]

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Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2014

Community Colleges Offer Pathway to In Demand Jobs

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

Every day is busy in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit at Bristol Regional Medical Center. However, no day is too busy for Travis Rife, who is thankful for a work schedule as busy as his. After receiving a permanent layoff notice in 2009, Travis sought the assistance of the dislocated worker program at the Bristol Virginia […]

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Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Governor, Valley Proteins Fellows visit during Legislative Reception

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Margo Fairchild, from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, and Armando Vega, from Tidewater Community College, got a chance to be up close and personal with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe at the Legislative Reception sponsored for Virginia’s Community Colleges in February. Fairchild and Vega are both part of an elite group of 10 students that participated […]

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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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