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Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Chancellor’s Retreat Provides Backdrop for Governor’s New Workforce Initiative

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Governor signing Executive Order at Annual meeting

Governor Terry McAuliffe told more than 400 people who had gathered for the Chancellor’s Retreat that he needed their help in selling Virginia’s high-quality product workforce. “I want to crush the other 49 states on job creation,” he said. Moments later, the state’s chief executive signed executive order 23 and the “New Virginia Economy” Workforce Initiative was put […]

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Posted on Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Workforce Leaders Talk Jobs and Education Following Governor’s Trip to Danville

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Governor Terry McAuliffe, along with his cabinet and workforce leaders, traveled to Danville yesterday to focus on jobs, education, and growing the economy. Craig Herndon, Vice Chancellor for Workforce Development at Virginia’s Community Colleges, was in attendance throughout the day. “Virginia’s Community Colleges are thrilled to work with Governor McAuliffe in understanding and addressing the wide range of workforce needs facing Virginia’s business community. Yesterday’s event at Danville Community College highlighted the important role that community colleges play in preparing Virginians for in-demand jobs, often through short-term and technical training."

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Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2014

Virginia’s Community Colleges: Increasingly Popular Destination for Hispanic and Latino Students

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Hispanic and Latino students are attending Virginia’s 23 community colleges in record numbers, achieving greater academic success and earning more transfer-oriented credentials than ever before. That is according to analysis of student enrollment between the years 2009-2013 presented to the State Board for Community Colleges. Hispanic and Latino student enrollment grew nearly 58 percent during […]

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Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Recipient of Prestigious Foundation Scholarship Named

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Michee Mutangu is the fifth community college student to receive the Kathy Camper Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship. He’s also the first person in his family to graduate high school and go to college. Mutangu says the scholarship has given him hope and a chance for a brighter future. “If it was not for the scholarship that I […]

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Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

540-plus years of Virginia Community College service

Posted By Susan Hayden | 0 comments.

Cavan-presidents

  The blast from the past echoed for more than 500 years when presidents gathered to celebrate John J. Cavan’s retirement from Southside Virginia Community College after 31 years. Past and present presidents pictured above represent 323 years of service as presidents at a Virginia Community College — and a total of 544 years of service […]

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Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2014

Take Five: New State Board Chair Dorcas Helfant-Browning – Honored and Eager

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Dorcas Helfant-Browning, who was appointed to the State Board for Community Colleges by Governor Tim Kaine in 2009,  succeeds Bruce Meyer as chairman. “I’m very honored to chair a board of individuals with such diverse business backgrounds and such intellectual capacity,” she says. “If I look at those individuals and add them up, it’s overwhelmingly […]

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Posted on Friday, June 27, 2014

Take Five with Laurie Owens: Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for Financial Aid

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 1 comment.

Financial aid helps put community college within reach for thousands of Virginians, but a few common mistakes and misconceptions can prove costly. VCCS Director of Financial Aid, Laurie Owens, offers some insights on how to navigate a path to success. 1. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is available Jan. 1, but students often don’t apply […]

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Posted on Friday, June 6, 2014

Take Five with Heather Sorrell – The “Gatekeeper”

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Heather Sorrell’s first experience with the Virginia Community College System was as a student at John Tyler Community College. She eventually obtained full-time employment at John Tyler and worked there for almost seven years developing and supervising the college’s tutoring program. She also worked as an instructional designer at JTCC before joining VCCS in early […]

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Posted on Friday, May 23, 2014

Take Five with Dr. Mirta Martin

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The VCCS Blog is introducing a new series entitled Take Five in which we pose five questions to individuals who have played a pivotal role in shaping policy for our organization and in the process, influenced the lives of thousands of our students. In this week’s edition, outgoing State Board for Community Colleges member Dr. Mirta […]

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Posted on Monday, May 19, 2014

The Great Computer Giveaway

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In 2009, Tidewater Community College’s Computers for Student Success program narrowed the digital divide by giving away 800 computers to needy students. A few weeks ago, the program reached a significant milestone by giving away its 5,000th computer. That amounts to roughly 83 PCs and laptops every month for five years. That’s a lot of […]

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