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Posted on Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Community College Awareness Month: Saving Money by Capitalizing on the Mistakes Others Make

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The only thing worse than student debt is unnecessary student debt. I mean, really, why would you want to spend years of your life making payments on something you never needed? While it’s great to learn from your mistakes, it’s so much easier to learn from someone else’s. In that spirit, below are 10 costly, […]

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Posted on Monday, April 10, 2017

Community College Awareness Month: How to Get Your Bachelor’s Degree and Keep Your Wallet Intact at the Same Time

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There are no two ways around it: student debt sucks. The typical bachelor’s degree graduate in Virginia leaves college nearly $30,000 in the hole. That burden is forcing people to wait longer to get married, buy a home, and even retire. So why would anyone take on more debt than necessary? Below are five sure-fire […]

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Posted on Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Community College Awareness Month: Student Debt Can Limit Future Opportunities

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Time for a quick reality check: Yes, higher education is still one of the best investments you can make in yourself. On average, college graduates (including associate degree holders) make more money and have better career prospects than high-school graduates. But the rising cost of college means more and more Americans are going into serious […]

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Posted on Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Community College Awareness Month: Slashing Student Debt Means Being Proactive

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1. They procrastinate. Instead, take some college-level courses while you’re still in high school to reduce college stress and costs. Ask your school counselor about Dual Enrollment options. 2. They don’t look ahead. Talk to a financial advisor to understand how student debt burdens can weigh you down for years.   3. They don’t consider […]

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Posted on Monday, April 3, 2017

Community College Awareness Month: Top 5 Ways For High-School Students to Save Money on a College Education

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1. Consider the options before you enroll. Check the price tags for earning degrees at for-profit, state universities or community colleges. You can do that easily and for free using the Virginia Education Wizard’s College Cost Calculator tool. 2. Take college-level courses while in high school. It’s a great way to save money later. Virginia’s Community College […]

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Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Grant Helps Mom Transition from Food Stamps to Career in Matter of Months

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

Christine Hadley was on food stamps for five years when the youngest of her four children started school. She decided it was the right time to go back to work and was thrilled to learn she could take advantage of the SNAP E&T project at Thomas Nelson Community College to obtain new skills to enter […]

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Posted on Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Middle College CNA Program Changes Lives and Creates Path to RN

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

Last week’s Workforce Wednesday blog post Middle College – Charting a Course for a Promising Future introduced us to the important work happening to help adults complete their GED and pursue a college education. This week we caught up with Jammie Robinson and Jeffrey Bushnell, both currently enrolled in Reynolds Community College’s Middle College Certified […]

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Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2017

Newest Group of VFCCE Fellows Tours Richmond In Style

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 2 comments.

They descended on the state capitol like a group of tourists, complete with a travel itinerary.  But, these were no ordinary tourists. They were students, and no ordinary students mind you, who had come to learn about the oldest, continuous law-making body in the U.S. – the Virginia legislature. The students are all Fellows; scholars […]

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Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Great Expectations Student Gets Serious About His Education and Helping Others

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David Mata of Glade Spring Virginia appreciates second chances, especially when it comes to the importance of his education. Hoping to earn an associate degree this spring at Virginia Highlands Community College (VHCC), Mata plans to enter the police academy or find employment in the security industry. “I initially started off in college right after high […]

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Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Growing Skills Gap and Virginia’s New Economy

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

Hovering at around four percent, Virginia’s unemployment rate is looking pretty good. While not everyone who wants a job can find one, today’s job search is far less strenuous than it was in the aftermath of the Great Recession when a staggering number of Americans were routinely filing for unemployment benefits. Now, Virginia finds itself firmly […]

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