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Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Future VCCS leaders gather in Richmond – Chancellor’s Leadership Academy spotlights challenges, opportunities for Virginia’s Community Colleges

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Helping students achieve their dreams, of course, is more than just an academic pursuit for Virginia’s Community Colleges. And for Mandy Barrett and Shawn Anderson, the mission also takes on a personal dimension. Both are the first members of their families to graduate from college. Today, Barrett and Anderson coordinate student engagement programs at Southwest […]

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Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2018

VCCS targets tough problems: student hunger and homelessness

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For Van Wilson, it was a moment of clarity. Having been asked by VCCS leadership to help shape Virginia’s community college response to the issue of food and housing insecurity, Dr. Wilson, VCCS associate vice-chancellor for student experience and strategic initiatives, learned of a conversation between a Virginia community college instructor and a student who […]

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Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Food and housing insecurity: Suffering in Silence?

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You can’t always see poverty with the naked eye. And at times, it seems to have a decided preference for anonymity. The signs of food insecurity are not always apparent, either. Sometimes, they hide in plain sight, dressed as an everyday community college student shuffling off to his or her next class. On other occasions, […]

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Posted on Tuesday, August 21, 2018

LFCC to the Ivy League

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Lord Fairfax Community College is enjoying a moment of pride as one of its former students transfers this fall to Columbia University and participates in a prestigious fellowship for students with military service. Matthew Baroncelli’s path has carried him from Woodstock, Virginia to the U.S. Marines, where he served in Southeast Asia and joined in […]

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Posted on Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Fellows Gathering 2018: Nothing Succeeds Like Success

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About three dozen community college students from all corners of the state traveled to Richmond last month to learn more about the prestigious scholarships they had recently received and meet some of the people who had made those scholarships possible. Members of the 8th class of Valley Proteins Fellows were joined by their peers from […]

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Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2018

Putting a human face on FastForward’s Success

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Ed Breeden, the Virginian recognized by Virginia’s Community Colleges as the recipient of the 10,000th workforce credential generated through its ground-breaking FastForward job training program, is a fitting example of why the program was created. Thanks to his training and new industry recognized certification, Breeden is leaving behind the life of laborer in a scrap […]

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Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2018

College Round Up: Blue Ridge Scholar is Harvard Bound

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Blue Ridge Scholar is Harvard Bound Submitted by Cathy Sliwoski, PR assistant, Blue Ridge Community College See how this sounds: graduate with an associate’s degree from Blue Ridge Community College in May, receive a high school diploma from Harrisonburg High in June, and top it off in August by enrolling … at Harvard University. Sarai […]

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Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2018

College Round Up: Trio of Portsmouth high-schoolers bound for college as juniors thanks to dual enrollment

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Trio of Portsmouth high-schoolers bound for college as juniors thanks to dual enrollment Submitted by Vicki L. Friedman, Campus Communications Officer, Tidewater Community College TCC Governor’s Medallion winners from left to right: Gabrielle Hutchings, Brandi Porter and Jaylyn Richard. Gabrielle Hutchings, Brandi Porter and Jaylyn Richard trade stories about night classes, chemistry homework and not enough […]

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Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2018

College Success Coach Initiative Opens Doors and Helps Students Succeed

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College Success Coach Initiative Opens Doors and Helps Students Succeed Submitted by Amanda Christopher, workforce communications coordinator, Virginia’s Community Colleges Melanie Harber always dreamt about going to college but it wasn’t until age 34 that she woke up one day and decided to make it happen. She enrolled in online courses at Mountain Empire Community College […]

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Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Students & Admissions Departments Rejoice: The New Student Admissions Application is Here!

Posted By Laura Osberger | 0 comments.

A project nearly three years in the making launched on Saturday, April 28 to great fanfare. The old VCCS student admissions application process was so cumbersome and outdated that a report revealed that each academic year, more than 10,000 prospective students begin our online application but never complete it. However, the newly launched, web-based VCCS […]

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