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Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Weekly General Assembly Roundup: It’s a Wrap

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Workforce Credentials Bills Are Signed Into Law Governor Terry McAuliffe signed HB 66 (Byron) and SB 576 (Ruff) into law in a ceremony on the south portico of the Capitol. The groundbreaking legislation establishes the New Economy Workforce Credential Grant Program and Fund. This is the first performance-based model for noncredit workforce funding in the […]

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Posted on Thursday, March 10, 2016

Chancellor Responds After Governor Signs Workforce Credentials Plan into Law

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Dear colleagues and friends: Today was an historic day for Virginia’s Community Colleges. The Commonwealth of Virginia will soon invest in high-demand workforce credentials just like it has been investing in our degree programs for the past 50 years. This moment is transformative for individual students seeking another path to success; for businesses that cannot […]

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Posted on Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Weekly General Assembly Roundup: Week 10

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Budget Conferees Are At Work On February 25, 2016, the House and Senate passed their respective budgets for the 2016-18 biennium (HB 30 and SB 30). The budgets then crossed over to the opposite house, where they were rejected and a conference committee was formed to reconcile the differences between the two sides.  Senate budget […]

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Posted on Friday, February 26, 2016

Weekly General Assembly Roundup: Week 9

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Budget News is Favorable for the VCCS Budgets unveiled on Feb. 21 from the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Finance Committee are very favorable for the VCCS.  Both sides included new funding for access, student completion and success, and continued support for increased financial aid and significant startup funding for our workforce credentials priority […]

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Posted on Monday, February 22, 2016

Weekly General Assembly Roundup: Week 8

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Budget Recommendations Revealed on Sunday The House and Senate have already adjourned, as “crossover” concluded on Tuesday, bill passage deadlines are not looming,  and members of the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Finance Committee work to finish their budget recommendations, which will be revealed on Sunday, Feb. 21.  The HAC will hold a briefing […]

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Posted on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Weekly General Assembly Roundup: Week 7

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Legislation Will Help Educational Foundations With Bond Market Access SB 313 (Petersen) and HB 1012 (Massie) will allow foundations of public institutions of higher education in Virginia to use the Virginia College Building Authority as a conduit issuer to access the tax-exempt bond market for financing foundation-sponsored capital projects. Currently, foundations of public higher educational […]

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Posted on Thursday, February 11, 2016

Weekly General Assembly Roundup: Week 6

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House and Senate Workforce Credentials Bills Clear Committees of Origin A substitute for HB 66 (Byron) passed out of the House Education Committee on February 10.  The bill was unanimously reported from the Higher Education Subcommittee on Feb. 9.  All House workforce bills (HB 792, HB 793, HB 1206) have been tabled, and those bills’ […]

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Posted on Monday, February 8, 2016

Weekly General Assembly Roundup: Week 5

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January revenue numbers due next week will influence revenue reforecast for the bienniumAt some point during the latter part of next week, state officials will receive the January revenue report. The week of February 8, the Secretary of Finance will announce a revenue reforecast for the upcoming biennium, based upon the January report. The Senate […]

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Posted on Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The State of Education In Virginia According to Anne Holton

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*Article and photo reprinted with permission – rvanews, January 27, 2016 by Susan Howson Well, it happened again. Virginia Secretary of Education, the Honorable Anne Holton, agreed to have coffee with me and fill me with education knowledge. On the heels of the Governor’s 2016 budget announcement, Holton is about to enjoy a lot of things going […]

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Posted on Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Weekly General Assembly Roundup: Week 4

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Despite the record snowfall, college presidents and their supporting business and industry delegations came to Richmond this week to visit with legislators and explain the importance of funding and legislation to support workforce credentials delivered through the Virginia Community College System.  The time and effort spent to make these contacts and advocate for our workforce […]

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