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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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Posted on Monday, October 3, 2016

First Hamel Scholarship Awarded

Posted By Susan Hayden | 0 comments.

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First Hamel Scholarship Awarded Submitted by D. Susan Hayden As a tribute to the 50th Anniversary of Virginia’s Community Colleges, friends and supporters have fully endowed the Dana B. Hamel Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship, and the first award has been made to a student at John Tyler Community College. Mercy Mazurek will be the first recipient […]

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Posted on Friday, September 9, 2016

Published book and Reynolds help Iwatsubo achieve lifelong dreams

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People oftentimes come to college in hopes of someday achieving their lifelong dreams of success. They want to obtain the skills and knowledge needed to fulfill their goals of a brighter future.  One such person is Reynolds Community College alumna Josephine Iwatsubo, who has been able to achieve one of her childhood dreams by becoming […]

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Posted on Monday, August 8, 2016

Community College Helps Afghan Refugee Build a Future in America

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

Mohammad Fayez Adli has lived more life than most over the past 27 years. Born in Afghanistan, Adli studied business, accounting and technology, earning three diplomas and one degree. He built a career in his native country working in logistics for the United States Army, transporting equipment around camps, managing subcontractors and local staff. When […]

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Posted on Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Never Give Up: A Lesson in Perseverance

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A single mom of two children, Christina McKenzie struggled to find a meaningful job that also paid the bills. She had been working for three years as a personal care aide but was feeling unfulfilled until a friend told her about the Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA) program at Patrick Henry Community College. “I’d always wanted […]

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