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Posted on Monday, May 23, 2016

Great Expectations Graduates Celebrate with Trip to Virginia Beach

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

For dozens of GE students from eleven of Virginia’s Community Colleges, a recent all-expenses-paid trip to Virginia Beach was much more than a well-deserved getaway. It was an attractive return on an investment made years ago; an investment in their own futures. And for some, it was the first time they had seen the Atlantic ocean. For three […]

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Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2016

May 16th Deadline Rapidly Approaching for Foundation Scholarships

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Attending a Virginia community college next fall or know someone who is?  There are some GREAT scholarship opportunities from the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education.  Applications are due Monday, May 16th ! Students can apply for the scholarships directly at and the opportunities include: Valley Proteins Fellows Program:  Open to rising 2nd year students […]

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Posted on Monday, May 9, 2016

Take Five With LFCC English Professor and This Year’s Susan S. Wood Professorship Winner Brent Kendrick

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

Dr. Brent Kendrick, a longtime English professor at Lord Fairfax Community College, was presented with the first Susan S. Wood Professorship award (and a check for $3,000) at this year’s New Horizons conference in Roanoke. With final exams now behind both him and his students, Dr. Kendrick was eager to take part in our Take Five series. […]

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Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2016

Great Expectations Coaches Making an Impact

Posted By Rachel Strawn | 0 comments.

“I didn’t have it bad, not like some of these kids. I had a Daddy, my momma was in jail. But then, one day, they come to me in high school and tell me that my Daddy is dead. That’s how I wound up in foster care.” James (not his real name) recounts his story […]

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Posted on Friday, April 29, 2016

Academic Rock Stars Receive VIP Treatment During Special Ceremony

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

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

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

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

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

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

Posted By Susan Hayden | 0 comments.


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

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

“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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