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Posted on Thursday, September 18, 2014

WIOA: The Road Ahead

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President Barack Obama signed The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Congress passed […]

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Posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2014

It’s Game On for the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative

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The Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative (RVHI) is an exciting new pilot program from the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education and the VCCS to raise the educational attainment rates of those living in rural parts of Virginia and better prepare them for the jobs of the future. Seven of Virginia’s Community Colleges are taking part […]

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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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Posted on Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Trending Now: Workforce Development In Virginia

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Workforce development in Virginia received another boost this week in the form of a $170,000 grant from The National Governors Association. This particular grant will focus on increasing credentials in the high-demand STEM-H (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Health) fields, as well as industry certifications and apprenticeships most needed by Virginia’s current and emerging industries. […]

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Posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fast Track Marine Welding Program Welds Success

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 1 comment.

From training to employment in a month’s time. This is the type of success that Paul D. Camp Community College’s fast track Marine Welding Program graduates are achieving. Local employers like Huntington Ingalls are driving demand for welders in the Franklin, Suffolk and Smithfield areas of Virginia. The three week, 120-hour welder training program, is […]

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Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 1 comment.

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 Monday, August 11, 2014

Take Five: Getting Acquainted With VHCC’S New President Dr. Gene Couch

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.


1. As president of VHCC, what are some of your first orders of business? On July 1, 2014, I officially began work as the president of Virginia Highlands Community College (VHCC). I am deeply honored and very excited about being named the sixth president of VHCC. I firmly believe in the power of the community […]

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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 Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A National Voice for Virginia’s Workforce Professionals

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VCCS Workforce Development Services member Valaryee Mitchell was recently elected to serve on the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) board as the Region 3 representative. This is a significant opportunity for Virginia’s community of front-line workers, given Mitchell’s 13-plus years of experience in local case management and operations, and her current role as […]

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Posted on Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Grant Awards Focus Workforce Services on Veterans and Long-Term Unemployed

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

Exciting plans are underway at Virginia Community College System’s (VCCS) Office of Workforce Development to focus on training and job placement of two key populations in the state – veterans and the long-term unemployed. The U.S. Department of Labor recently awarded VCCS $3.4 million to provide veterans with community college credits for their past military […]

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