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Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Finding Meaningful Careers in Unexpected Places

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By Stephanie Crowe, outreach specialist, Germanna Community College Thomas McNinch of Fredericksburg first visited Michelle Beverage, a Germanna Community College adult career coach, at the Fredericksburg Workforce Center in February of last year. Disappointed at the lack of opportunities to put his B.S. in geography to good use, McNinch was interested in increasing his skills […]

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Posted on Friday, June 26, 2015

Helping others fuels aspiring nurse

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LaRhonda didn’t have an easy start. She was adopted from foster care as an infant and then lost her adoptive parents within a few months of each other when she was just a teen.  However, her faith, her passion, and her dreams have sustained her, and she wants to use her gifts to help others. […]

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Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2015

Preparing the Next Generation in Southern Virginia

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Sabryna Hamilton moved to Greensboro, NC in 2005 to be closer to her aging parents. After a 20- year career as a senior litigation legal assistant, the move meant a new beginning. An advertisement for a part-time career coach position at Danville Community College (DCC), some academic advising experience and an application later, Hamilton was […]

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Posted on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Refugee-Turned-Foster Youth Leads Life of Service

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Asein Ta’s story, at first glance, feels almost typical. He excelled as a student leader in the Great Expectations program at John Tyler Community College, from which he graduated last spring. He’s transferring in the fall to Virginia Commonwealth University where he will study to become an elementary school educator and an English as a […]

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Posted on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Small Town Girl Transcends Rural Boundaries

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Brooke Vaughn

Despite the gauntlet of challenges that are emblematic of life in Virginia’s Rural Horseshoe, the barriers to a post-secondary education are slowly coming down. Take Brooke Vaughn for instance. The 21-year old Martinsville native graduated from Patrick Henry Community College in 2014 and is now working as a certified nurse aide. Vaughn is also the first in […]

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Posted on Monday, June 8, 2015

GE called one of top 10 foster youth programs nationally

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Nationally Recognized Program Great Expectations was launched as a pilot program in the fall semester of 2008 at five community colleges: Danville, Germanna, J. Sargeant Reynolds, New River, and Southside. The program served 119 foster youth in its first academic year. Since that time, Great Expectations coaches have worked with over 3,000 students and the […]

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Posted on Thursday, June 4, 2015

Great Expectations Ignites Graduate’s Future

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Community colleges are often described as a launch pad, helping people ascend to heights beyond their dreams. Great Expectations graduate Gary Hall is the embodiment of that. Hall is spending the summer capping off an impressive academic career that includes a GPA of 3.958 and membership in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He is heading […]

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Posted on Friday, May 22, 2015

Rosenwald Schools projects link faculty, students with community

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Faculty members at John Tyler Community College have found a project that is engaging students, fellow faculty and the community as well: preserving the history of early 20th century Rosenwald Schools. A group from John Tyler outlined their initiative to the State Board for Community Colleges last week, and found supporters as well as those with connections […]

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Posted on Thursday, May 14, 2015

Chancellor’s Fellows Look Back on Academic Achievements

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Even though a year has elapsed since the 2014-2015 Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship awards were announced, the afterglow continues to burn brightly for this particular group of instructors. “I can honestly say, I still am humbled and honored to be chosen for the award,” said Valeria Burge-Hall (center), assistant professor of health at Thomas Nelson Community […]

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Posted on Thursday, April 23, 2015

2015 PTK All-Virginia Academic Team Celebrated

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Nearly 70 students from Virginia’s Community Colleges were honored Wednesday for their commitment to academic excellence and public service. In his welcoming remarks, VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois told the students the grades they’ve earned are real. “But your commitment to public service is what makes you a leader.” After receiving a rousing pep talk from […]

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