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Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Great Expectations Student Gets Serious About His Education and Helping Others

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

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

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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

Posted By Virginia's Community Colleges | 0 comments.

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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Posted on Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Drive like A Girl: Finding Success in a Nontraditional Career

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

It comes as no surprise that Penny Flippo of Henrico, Virginia was willing to drive an hour-and-a-half to school every day for two months. She was studying to become a truck driver. It was on the advice of her cousin, also a tractor-trailer driver, which led Flippo to Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) in Blackstone, […]

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Posted on Monday, July 25, 2016

Southside Man Leverages Training Program to Energize Promising New Career

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

Luke Storey has always been something of a ranch hand. Growing up in Southside Virginia, he’s worked the fields and farms that crisscross this rural landscape and become a bit of an agricultural expert in the process. There hasn’t been much else to do. Job opportunities have historically been relatively scarce in this neck of […]

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Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2016

Inaugural SVCC class launches students into ‘higher education’

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A Lineman — More than a Job, It’s a Lifestyle Story and Photos by Bill Sherrod, Editor of Cooperative Living Magazine *Article republished with permission Students in the inaugural class of Southside Virginia Community College’s (SVCC) new Power Line Worker Training School have finished the first phase of their higher education. Literally.  Class members, who completed the course May 12, spent […]

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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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