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Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Welding Sparks a Career Change for Blue Ridge Man

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Submitted by Cathy Sliwoski, BRCC PR Specialist  Thanks to several grants available at Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC), Don Conner (pictured above) got his hands on a new career in welding. After 23 years in truck driving, the 51-year-old was ready for a change of pace. “Raymond, my Adult Career Coach, was great. Welding was […]

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Posted on Monday, January 30, 2017

Financial Literacy is a Critical Component to Lifelong Success

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Fred Showers is a Career Developer at Opportunity Inc of Hampton Roads (OppInc), one of six local workforce development areas participating in a unique and exciting randomized control study called The Virginia Financial Success Network (VFSN). Showers’ passion managing personal finances lends itself well to referring clients to the VFSN where they are eligible not only […]

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Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Workforce Spotlight: Learn About Job Training Opportunities Across Virginia

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*Free Electronic Tax Filing is Available to all Virginia Community Colleges and Local Workforce Development Areas (more info at the end of the blog). Workforce education and training is becoming increasingly important to Virginians, according to key findings from the 2017 Public Policy Poll: Economic Development and Workforce Training report released this month, as evidenced by […]

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Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Growing Skills Gap and Virginia’s New Economy

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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 Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Long-time VCCS Employee Receives 2016 Impacto Award

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Aida Pacheco, project manager for the Virginia Community College System, has received a 2016 Impacto Latino Award presented by the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (VAHCC) to people and companies committed to helping shape Virginia’s growing Hispanic community.  Aida was one of 10 individuals statewide to receive the award during the 2016 VAHCC Business Conference […]

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Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Workforce Development Services Team Wins Governor’s Technology Award

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The Virginia Community College System Office of Workforce Development won the Innovative Use of Technology in Education award at the Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium last week at the Hilton Short Pump in Richmond, Virginia. This achievement celebrated the successful implementation of the Workforce Enterprise System (WES) – the online registration tool for courses that […]

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Posted on Monday, August 8, 2016

Community College Helps Afghan Refugee Build a Future in America

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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

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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

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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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