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Posted on Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Virginia’s First Community College Chancellor Helps Kick Off 50th Anniversary Celebration

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Dr. Dana Hamel was large and in charge back in 1966. You could say that he helped give birth to Virginia’s Community Colleges. Like a proud father, he was there to cut the cord. Hamel was chancellor when Northern Virginia Community College was christened in 1967 – the first of nearly two dozen community colleges that […]

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Posted on Thursday, February 4, 2016

Excellence in Education Award Finalists Selected

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The VCCS Office of Professional Development and the New Horizons Executive Committee have announced the 2016 Excellence in Education (EIE) Award finalists. Thirteen projects were chosen by the New Horizons Awards Committee as finalists out of a total of 27 projects nominated (the largest number of entries ever received). A special congratulations goes out to Blue Ridge […]

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Posted on Friday, December 18, 2015

Office of Professional Development Finishes Semester with Record Attendance

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Peer group

The Office of Professional Development concluded the Fall 2015 semester by hosting the largest peer group conference of the semester. Over 240 VCCS faculty and staff members registered for the joint conference of the Developmental Education, Student Services, Learning Assistance Professionals, and Early Childhood Development peer groups. The conference was held November 13-14, 2015 at […]

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Posted on Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Rural Horseshoe gets support from two governors

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  The Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative received some high powered attention this month when stakeholders from throughout the region were invited to the Governor’s Mansion to discuss the future of Virginia’s most educationally disadvantaged citizens. Former Governor Gerald L. Baliles, who has chaired the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education for the past two years, […]

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Posted on Friday, November 6, 2015

First-Year VCCS Instructors Rally in Richmond

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“The future of our students is totally dependent on the quality of the faculty placed before them.” – Dr. Todd Zakrajsek, keynote  First-year VCCS faculty members from around the state descended on Richmond recently for this year’s New Faculty Seminar – two days of no holds barred, intense professional development. Their ultimate objective? To become more […]

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Posted on Monday, October 19, 2015

Leaders Flourish at this Year’s Academy

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Leadership Academy 2

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” — General George Patton For four consecutive days, the downstairs conference room at Virginia Community Colleges’ headquarters was bustling with activity. Faculty, administrators and staff members from all 23 of Virginia’s Community Colleges had come to […]

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Posted on Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Thomas Nelson Community College Educating Cyber Security Workforce

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Thomas Nelson’s Stephen Foster, Cyber Security Program Manager, William “Bud” Barnett, Director of Professional & Continuing Education, and Dr. Deborah George Wright, Vice President of Workforce Development; joined Col. Bradley Pyburn, United States Air Force, Senior Cyberspace Leader, Air Combat Command and Thomas Nelson President John T. Dever.    News of cyber-attacks are all too frequent these days, […]

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Posted on Friday, June 19, 2015

Citizen Leader on Stage

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Shakespeare once observed that “All the world’s a stage”, and for the late Robert “Bobby” Harrell, public service was his window on the world, the stage where he played major roles in business, education and government. According to Bobby, “what you see often depends on where you look.” He looked for opportunities to serve others, […]

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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 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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