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Posted on Monday, January 19, 2015

Weekly General Assembly Roundup: Week 1

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Chancellor DuBois at EDICC

The General Assembly session officially began at noon on January 14.  The first week of the General Assembly has been incredibly fast-paced.  As of Friday, Jan. 16, 1915 bills had been introduced.  The deadline for members to file budget amendment requests was today at 5:00 p.m. Workforce Incentive Bill Advances Last Thursday, a VCCS top priority […]

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Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Dr. David Conroy: CATE Recipient and Teacher Extraordinaire

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

Since 1968, David Conroy has been teaching math at Northern Virginia Community College. It’s estimated that he’s impacted the lives of more than 20,000 students in the decades that have followed. Many of those very same students correspond with him even today. “36 years after your teaching me, you have made the most significant difference […]

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Posted on Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Virginia Program Helps Veterans Land Great Jobs

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William Lee, a retired Army Veteran, was referred to the SkillSource Group, Inc.’s Northern Virginia Jobs for Veterans (J4VETS) program in November 2013 after he was laid off as a Senior Program Manager. Mr. Lee immediately expressed interest in enrolling in a Project Management Professional (PMP) preparation course with Global Knowledge, which he completed in […]

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Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2014

Failure is not a four-letter word: Shawn Boyer

Posted By Susan Hayden | 0 comments.


  “I want you to throw the word failure out of your vocabulary,” Shawn Boyer, founder of the hourly employment network, Snag-A-Job, told a crowd of scholarship recipients, their families and their college communities this week at the annual VFCCE Scholarship Luncheon. “You tried it, and it didn’t work – stop thinking about it as […]

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Posted on Monday, November 17, 2014

RCC Student Reaps Rewards for Hard Work and Determination

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On April 16, Rappahannock Community College student Yanelys “Nelly” Perez-Velazco of Richmond County received a medallion and certificate recognizing her as one of the outstanding community college students who have been nominated to the 2014 All-Virginia Academic Team of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (the official honor society for two-year colleges worldwide). “I […]

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Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2014

For Public Servant, Lifelong Ambition Fueled by PHCC Experience

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Since he was a teenager, Eddie Dillard had only one dream: to serve the public by being a firefighter or a law enforcement officer. He did both, but settled on one for a career. Dillard is now a trooper with the Virginia State Police, which is a journey he started at Patrick Henry Community College […]

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Posted on Tuesday, November 11, 2014

When It Comes to Higher Ed, Virginia’s Community Colleges are Veterans’ First Stop

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.


In 2012, Albemarle County Resident and Marine veteran Joyce Howard was a working mother with two children and a job that she planned to have until retirement. When her employer was forced to downsize due to lack of program funding, she unexpectedly found herself unemployed. The next few months brought a lot of uncertainty, but […]

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Posted on Monday, November 3, 2014

PDCCC Student Finds Opportunity After Devastating Setback

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

The loss of a job ranks very high among life’s most stressful events. Wanda Olden survived a horrifying time of uncertainty after suddenly losing her job about a year ago. “I was devastated,” she recalled. “I didn’t know what I was going to do.” But she picked herself up, dusted herself off, and is now repurposing her […]

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Posted on Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Take Five: SVCC’s New President Dr. Al Roberts Hits the Ground Running

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

Dr. Alfred A. Roberts was tapped to succeed Dr. John Cavan as president of Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) in early August. Formerly the provost of the college’s Christanna Campus in Alberta, Roberts says he’s humbled by his appointment and promises to enhance SVCC’s reputation as a world class, 21st century community college. 1. You have spent a sizable portion of your […]

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Posted on Monday, September 8, 2014

Wizard takes home Governor’s Technology Award

Posted By Susan Hayden | 1 comment.

Virginia’s Community Colleges were winners in the Governor’s Technology Awards presentation, held at the Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium (COVITS) in Richmond on Sept. 3, 2014. The VCCS received the Innovative Use of Technology in Education award for the Wizard mobile app. The Wizard app was developed as a native app available for both iOS […]

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