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Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2014

Virginia’s Community Colleges: Increasingly Popular Destination for Hispanic and Latino Students

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Hispanic and Latino students are attending Virginia’s 23 community colleges in record numbers, achieving greater academic success and earning more transfer-oriented credentials than ever before. That is according to analysis of student enrollment between the years 2009-2013 presented to the State Board for Community Colleges. Hispanic and Latino student enrollment grew nearly 58 percent during […]

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Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Recipient of Prestigious Foundation Scholarship Named

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Michee Mutangu is the fifth community college student to receive the Kathy Camper Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship. He’s also the first person in his family to graduate high school and go to college. Mutangu says the scholarship has given him hope and a chance for a brighter future. “If it was not for the scholarship that I […]

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Posted on Thursday, July 17, 2014

Foundation Selects Its Fourth Class of Valley Proteins Scholars

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The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education has selected 10 students to represent the fourth class of the prestigious Valley Proteins Fellows scholarship program. The 2014-2015 class of Fellows includes (identified left to right at end of each row): John Jimenez - DSLCC Christopher Henshaw - GCC Linda Foreman- JSRCC Jayson Johnson-JSRCC Ryan Pledger- JSRCC Wanda Olden- PDCCC Madeleine Morales- PVCC […]

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Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2014

Take Five: New State Board Chair Dorcas Helfant-Browning – Honored and Eager

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Dorcas Helfant-Browning, who was appointed to the State Board for Community Colleges by Governor Tim Kaine in 2009,  succeeds Bruce Meyer as chairman. “I’m very honored to chair a board of individuals with such diverse business backgrounds and such intellectual capacity,” she says. “If I look at those individuals and add them up, it’s overwhelmingly […]

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Posted on Friday, June 27, 2014

Take Five with Laurie Owens: Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for Financial Aid

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Financial aid helps put community college within reach for thousands of Virginians, but a few common mistakes and misconceptions can prove costly. VCCS Director of Financial Aid, Laurie Owens, offers some insights on how to navigate a path to success. 1. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is available Jan. 1, but students often don’t apply […]

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Posted on Friday, June 6, 2014

Take Five with Heather Sorrell – The “Gatekeeper”

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Heather Sorrell’s first experience with the Virginia Community College System was as a student at John Tyler Community College. She eventually obtained full-time employment at John Tyler and worked there for almost seven years developing and supervising the college’s tutoring program. She also worked as an instructional designer at JTCC before joining VCCS in early […]

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Posted on Friday, May 30, 2014

Great Expectations Graduates Look to the Future with Confidence

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One by one, the students stepped onto the platform and into the spotlight. There they received certificates recognizing their hard-earned achievements and an enthusiastic handshake from Chancellor Glenn DuBois. Afterward, they posed for photographs like dignitaries. It was a fitting ceremony for more than two dozen individuals from around the state who’ve made the arduous […]

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Posted on Wednesday, May 28, 2014

With Great Expectations Comes Great Results

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Katherine Coates, Workforce Development Services Preparing to enter the workforce system can be a challenge for anyone, but for students in Virginia’s foster care system, transitioning to full-time work presents a special set of obstacles. Helping to offset some of those challenges and provide resources and support for these students are the coaches in the […]

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Posted on Monday, May 19, 2014

The Great Computer Giveaway

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In 2009, Tidewater Community College’s Computers for Student Success program narrowed the digital divide by giving away 800 computers to needy students. A few weeks ago, the program reached a significant milestone by giving away its 5,000th computer. That amounts to roughly 83 PCs and laptops every month for five years. That’s a lot of […]

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Posted on Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Community Colleges celebrate commencement

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Graduation can be cause for both joyous celebration and fearful trepidation. After all, embarking on a career that will ostensibly sustain oneself for a lifetime can be a scary proposition, one that’s replete with unknowns. Transferring to a four-year university can be equally daunting. The academic challenges that lie in wait may seem insurmountable and […]

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