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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, 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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Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Mountain Empire Community College Instructor Leads Community College Drone Education in VA

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

Life can take you on interesting paths that you never imagined. Just ask Mountain Empire Community College (MECC) instructor Fred Coeburn who has found himself in the middle of nationwide buzz surrounding Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), also known as “drones.” Coeburn is part of a movement that is quickly putting Wise County, Virginia on the […]

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Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

VCCS Includes RVHI in State Budget Request

Posted By Jeffrey Kraus | 0 comments.

Virginia’s Community Colleges are asking state budget writers to include some matching money for the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative. The request is part of the overall budget plan pursued by the VCCS. The RVHI proposal is for $2 million over the two-year budget. That plan was presented in August to a collection of state leaders […]

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Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Tapping the Power of Rural Virginia

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

Like so many boomers, thousands of power-line workers are getting ready to pull the plug. Their professional careers are nearing an end and they’re ready to embrace retirement. But, who will replace them? When the economy tanked in 2008, many Virginians looked to technology as the quickest way to expand their skill set and increase […]

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Posted on Monday, August 31, 2015

Patrick Henry to observe moment of silence Aug. 31 for Alison Parker

Posted By Susan Hayden | 0 comments.

The Patrick Henry Community College community is sponsoring a moment of silence today at 12:15 p.m. in memory of Alison Bailey Parker, who was killed last week on the job as a broadcast journalist for WDBJ7 in Roanoke.  Parker had an associate’s degree from Patrick Henry that she earned in 2009 as a dual enrollment […]

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