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Posted on Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Virginia Financial Success Network: Building Careers, Growing Credit, Decreasing Debt

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 1 comment.

Virginia Financial Success Network

Reducing poverty and increasing postsecondary attainment is the focus of an important study launching this fall in the Commonwealth. This study, the Virginia Financial Success Network, will aim to help families build self-sufficiency, stabilize finances and move ahead. The U.S. Department of Labor awarded $12 million to the Virginia Community College System through the Workforce […]

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Posted on Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Welding and Machining Programs at Blue Ridge Community College Help Fill Local High Demand Career Fields

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The welding and machining programs at Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) have only been in existence two years, yet their success is already being recognized throughout the community college system. To date, the program has provided classes to 278 students, of which 54 have obtained welding certifications. This work aligns with Virginia’s Community Colleges new […]

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Posted on Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Thomas Nelson Community College Educating Cyber Security Workforce

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

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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 Monday, September 28, 2015

Virginia’s Community Colleges and VMA Team Up to Create New Generation of Manufacturing Professionals in Rural Virginia

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 1 comment.

The future of Virginia’s manufacturing community is critical to the viability of the commonwealth, with 6,000 manufacturers employing more than 200,000 people and contributing $34 billion to the state’s gross national product. A two-year Tobacco Commission grant is paving the way for the Virginia Manufacturing Association (VMA) and the Virginia Community College System to ensure […]

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Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Financial Aid for Non-Credit Training Leading to Industry-Recognized Credentials

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At the August 2014 Chancellor’s Annual Planning Retreat, Dr. Glenn DuBois unveiled the newly proposed strategic plan that will help Virginia’s Community Colleges focus on one goal through 2021: tripling the number of credentials awarded for economic vitality and individual prosperity. The plan contains the single goal, to go from awarding 38,000 credentials to no […]

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Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Mountain Empire Community College Instructor Leads Community College Drone Education in VA

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

Life can take you on interesting paths that you never imagined. Just ask Mountain Empire Community College (MECC) instructor Fred Coeburn who has found himself in the middle of nationwide buzz surrounding Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), also known as “drones.” Coeburn is part of a movement that is quickly putting Wise County, Virginia on the […]

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Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

VCCS Includes RVHI in State Budget Request

Posted By Jeffrey Kraus | 0 comments.

Virginia’s Community Colleges are asking state budget writers to include some matching money for the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative. The request is part of the overall budget plan pursued by the VCCS. The RVHI proposal is for $2 million over the two-year budget. That plan was presented in August to a collection of state leaders […]

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Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Tapping the Power of Rural Virginia

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

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Like so many boomers, thousands of power-line workers are getting ready to pull the plug. Their professional careers are nearing an end and they’re ready to embrace retirement. But, who will replace them? When the economy tanked in 2008, many Virginians looked to technology as the quickest way to expand their skill set and increase […]

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Posted on Wednesday, August 5, 2015

ON-THE-JOB TRAINING LEADS TO BRIGHT NEW CAREER

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  College was something Geneva Garrett dreamt about but for one reason or another always felt out of reach. When the doors to the company where she spent a 30 year career closed in 2011, Garrett had no luck finding employment in her hometown of Bristol Virginia.   Searching for help, Garrett reached out to the Virginia […]

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Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2015

College Transforms Crossman

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Kelsie Crossman began studying at Patrick Henry Community College’s (PHCC) Middle College program in the summer of 2013 with the goal of getting her GED certificate. Crossman excelled in the community college environment, receiving her GED, Career Readiness Certificate at a gold level and an associate degree in science this past May. Homeschooled for much […]

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