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Posted on Friday, April 29, 2016

Academic Rock Stars Receive VIP Treatment During Special Ceremony

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Dozens of students from Virginia’s Community Colleges were honored this month for their commitment to academic excellence and public service during a celebratory luncheon in Richmond. Each was named to the Phi Theta Kappa 2016 All-Virginia Academic Team. After receiving an inspirational pep talk from keynote speaker Idalia Fernandez, chairman of the State Board for Community Colleges, […]

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Posted on Wednesday, February 10, 2016

For Student Ambassador, Academic Achievement and Soft Skills are Essential for Success

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Sofia Duarte is wrapping up her second year at Reynolds Community College. She’s an engineering major and wants to transfer to either VCU or Virginia Tech next year. “Since I was very young, I really liked working with design. I even liked playing with Legos even though that’s very simplistic.”  But, the way forward wasn’t […]

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Posted on Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative Serves Thousands in First Year

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Michah Thomas’s dreams nearly evaporate before he could even pursue them. Despite having five older siblings, the Suffolk native intended to be the first in his family to go to college. His mother died a few years before he graduated high school, and then his father took ill. “I didn’t want my father to have […]

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Posted on Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Martinsville Man Creating Bright Future at Patrick Henry Community College

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Dontra Penn is in the process of transforming his life. Expected to graduate in May with an associate’s degree in industrial electronics from Patrick Henry Community College and begin a job in the high-demand field of mechatronics, Penn’s sole focus is on providing a secure future for his family. Penn will tell you that his […]

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Posted on Monday, August 31, 2015

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

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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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Posted on Monday, August 3, 2015

BRCC Professor Uses Grant to Help Bridge Cultural Divide

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“Three from Iraq” is not the kind of documentary that’s full of action sequences and a rocking soundtrack. But then, it’s not supposed to be. Instead, it’s a very informal on-the-couch interview with three Iraqi women, all former Blue Ridge Community College students, who talk about the lives they’re living now and the ones they […]

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Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2015

College Transforms Crossman

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Kelsie Crossman began studying at Patrick Henry Community College’s (PHCC) Middle College program in the summer of 2013 with the goal of getting her GED certificate. Crossman excelled in the community college environment, receiving her GED, Career Readiness Certificate at a gold level and an associate degree in science this past May. Homeschooled for much […]

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Posted on Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Take Five with New WCC President Dr. Dean Sprinkle

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Formerly the senior vice president of instruction at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, NC, Dr. Sprinkle holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, a master’s in clinical psychology from Western Carolina University, a bachelor’s from North Carolina State University and an associate degree from Lees McRae College in Banner Elk, NC. He […]

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Posted on Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Power of Community College Coaching

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When Margaret Surber stepped on to the Virginia Highlands Community College (VHCC) campus for the first time, she felt like a “grey-headed women among a bunch of teeny boppers.” “It was a nightmare,” she said. “It was overwhelming to me.” For more than 37 years, Surber went to work at the same North Carolina chemical plant, […]

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Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Finding Meaningful Careers in Unexpected Places

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By Stephanie Crowe, outreach specialist, Germanna Community College Thomas McNinch of Fredericksburg first visited Michelle Beverage, a Germanna Community College adult career coach, at the Fredericksburg Workforce Center in February of last year. Disappointed at the lack of opportunities to put his B.S. in geography to good use, McNinch was interested in increasing his skills […]

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