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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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Posted on Friday, June 26, 2015

Helping others fuels aspiring nurse

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LaRhonda didn’t have an easy start. She was adopted from foster care as an infant and then lost her adoptive parents within a few months of each other when she was just a teen.  However, her faith, her passion, and her dreams have sustained her, and she wants to use her gifts to help others. […]

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Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2015

Preparing the Next Generation in Southern Virginia

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Sabryna Hamilton moved to Greensboro, NC in 2005 to be closer to her aging parents. After a 20- year career as a senior litigation legal assistant, the move meant a new beginning. An advertisement for a part-time career coach position at Danville Community College (DCC), some academic advising experience and an application later, Hamilton was […]

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Posted on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Refugee-Turned-Foster Youth Leads Life of Service

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Asein Ta’s story, at first glance, feels almost typical. He excelled as a student leader in the Great Expectations program at John Tyler Community College, from which he graduated last spring. He’s transferring in the fall to Virginia Commonwealth University where he will study to become an elementary school educator and an English as a […]

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Posted on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Small Town Girl Transcends Rural Boundaries

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Brooke Vaughn

Despite the gauntlet of challenges that are emblematic of life in Virginia’s Rural Horseshoe, the barriers to a post-secondary education are slowly coming down. Take Brooke Vaughn for instance. The 21-year old Martinsville native graduated from Patrick Henry Community College in 2014 and is now working as a certified nurse aide. Vaughn is also the first in […]

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Posted on Monday, June 8, 2015

GE called one of top 10 foster youth programs nationally

Posted By Rachel Strawn | 0 comments.

Nationally Recognized Program Great Expectations was launched as a pilot program in the fall semester of 2008 at five community colleges: Danville, Germanna, J. Sargeant Reynolds, New River, and Southside. The program served 119 foster youth in its first academic year. Since that time, Great Expectations coaches have worked with over 3,000 students and the […]

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Posted on Thursday, June 4, 2015

Great Expectations Ignites Graduate’s Future

Posted By Susan Hayden | 0 comments.


Community colleges are often described as a launch pad, helping people ascend to heights beyond their dreams. Great Expectations graduate Gary Hall is the embodiment of that. Hall is spending the summer capping off an impressive academic career that includes a GPA of 3.958 and membership in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He is heading […]

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