Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Virginia’s Community Colleges have been recognized for their online outreach to military veterans, and to people seeking to jump-start their careers. The Public Relations Society of Richmond, representing communications professionals from across the state, awarded honors during its springtime banquet in Richmond.


PRSA Richmond presented its Award of Excellence to the Credits2Careers web portal, a first-of-its-kind tool which allows military veterans to instantly convert their service experience and training into academic credits for 1,700 programs and credentials offered by VCCS colleges. The portal also provides real-time employment information and helps students explore civilian careers. received PRSA Richmond’s Award of Merit. The FastForward website launched in September 2017 as part of a larger outreach campaign targeting young adults considered most likely to take advantage of high-demand training programs offered by Virginia’s Community Colleges. The site educates visitors about the program, and acts as the primary channel to connect potential students with FastForward Career Coaches across the state.




Bert Jones, VCCS Associate Vice-Chancellor for Facilities Management Services, received the safety award from Virginia State Police Supt. Gary T. Settle.



Ever wonder if anyone is paying attention to whether we’re careful when we drive state-owned vehicles? The answer is yes. State Police keep track of accidents in motor pool vehicles, and have recognized Virginia Community College employees for their motoring safety.
VCCS employees (including system office and college workers around the state), drove nearly 1.3 million miles in state owned cars the 2016-17 fiscal year, with only ONE preventable crash.






Jim Babb

Jim Babb works for Virginia's Community Colleges in the Office of Strategic Communications.

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    Bill Byrd

    I have been employed at Blue Ridge Community College for just over 5 years as the Training Coordinator/ Instructor for the Commercial Truck Driving Program. I work in the Workforce Continuing Education Division and have seen the CDL program grow tremendously during my time here. There is a tremendous job market for CDL drivers, and this shows no sign of change. I have been involved in the Motor Carrier Industry for 44 years as a driver, motor carrier owner, and even as a Virginia State Trooper monitoring the safety of the industry, and I have never seen a greater need for quality drivers than right now. As a veteran myself, I have been greatly troubled by the lack of support from the Veterans Administration as it relates to available financial assistance for Non-Credit programs. I realize that Fast Forward and FANTIC financial assistance is an option for everyone, including veterans, however, with the limited Fast Forward and FANTIC funding, it seems that more people overall could be served if the Veterans Administration would fund Non-Credit training for Veterans. At one point in during my time working in the BRCC CDL program, we were a credit program, and I saw a number of veterans helped by the Veterans Administration because it was a credit program. When WCG (Fast Forward) was established, we went back to being a non-credit program, and lost available assistance for veterans from the Veterans Administration. I would really like to see something done to convince the V A that it would be money well spent to support funding for the many great non-credit programs within the VCCS. This is especially true for programs that offer nationally recognized credential programs. Thank You


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