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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, January 22, 2019

VCCS State Board approves core competencies policies aimed at optimizing student success in life and work

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At its regularly scheduled meeting January 17, the VCCS State Board approved new policies designed to help system colleges better focus their efforts on producing productive and successful graduates. “The Policy on Student Learning Assessment and Quality in Undergraduate Education, adopted by SCHEV in 2017, provided the occasion for Virginia’s Community Colleges to re-examine and […]

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Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Transfer Virginia launches – goal is to ensure that students are able to make the jump from community college to the state’s four-year universities more efficiently

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The numbers are sobering. Although two out of three Virginia students who start community college intend to pursue a bachelor’s degree, fewer than a third of them ever transfer to a four-year university. In a 2012 cohort of 20,000 Virginia community college students aiming to transfer, only 1,989 actually earned a four-year degree. That’s a […]

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Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2019

NOVA launches a multi-pronged effort to address student transfer issues

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Editor’s Note: this blog post is excerpted from a longer essay written by Dr. Scott Ralls, president Northern Virginia Community College, and Dr. Charles Errico, professor and chair of the VCCS Chancellor’s Faculty Advisory Committee. To see the longer article, click here.  To boost student success as associate degree holders seek to transfer to four-year […]

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Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Taking on Virginia’s Transfer Challenge: A View from NOVA by Scott Ralls and Charles Errico

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In Virginia’s community colleges (VCCS), highly qualified professors, noted for their teaching excellence, share classrooms with a relatively small number of students. System-wide, our average class size is 16 students. The Commonwealth’s senior universities are superb, but many students lose their way in classes taught in large auditoriums with teaching and research assistants performing much […]

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Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2019

PVCC program that helps job-seekers receives major boost from matching grant.

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Virginia philanthropist Dorothy Batten is making a $1.35 million dollar commitment over the next three years to Piedmont Virginia Community College’s Network2Work program. Network2Work is a community network that connects job seekers to the skills and resources they need to become valued employees, and helps employers find the quality employees they need for their companies. […]

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Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2019

New Year brings new technology to help Virginia Community College serve its sprawling territory

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In the coming months, Southside Virginia Community College will purchase and install audio-visual equipment in virtually all of its classrooms, enabling the college to beam interactive classes to satellite locations and offer more online learning opportunities. The improved access is critical to SVCC, which operates in a sprawling 4,200 square mile service area, the largest […]

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Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Tidewater Community College dedicates new facility for workforce training

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Tidewater Community College president Gregory DeCinque calls TCC’s Skilled Trades Academy “a game changer” for eastern Virginia. The new 20,000-square-foot facility is one of the largest run by a community college on the East Coast and the only one of its kind in Virginia. It provides short-term workforce training for in-demand construction and maritime trades. […]

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