Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014
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Welcome to 2014!

With this new year comes a new blog presence for Virginia’s Community Colleges, a place where we will share the stories, expertise and people that make the community college experience real.

As we do every January, we’ll start out by sharing news from the legislative session of the 2014 General Assembly, taking the place of the former VaHigherEd.com.

And we’ll highlight the stories of students who participate in “Every Day is Community College Day,” students who share why community colleges are such an important resource to all families in the commonwealth. From now through mid-February, students from across Virginia will travel to Richmond to experience a day in the General Assembly, bringing their diverse backgrounds, challenges and successes with them.

We will also include a running list of the legislation that may affect Virginia’s Community Colleges, with a direct link to find out more from the General Assembly’s Legislative Information System. You’ll find the legislative list under the Legislative Bill tracking header at the top of this page. 

Within the next few weeks we’ll add new features as well, including stories that focus on how Virginia’s Community Colleges impact and support the workforce environment in the state, the powerful impact the transfer process can have on those new to the community college environment , and how Virginia’s Community Colleges continue to transform themselves to even better meet the commonwealth’s needs. 

The 2014 Session should prove especially interesting with a new slate of executive officers to be sworn in on Saturday, Jan. 11; new legislators for a number of community colleges from last fall’s elections; and a few legislators yet to be named as a result of special elections being held now. More than 1,000 pieces of legislation have been filed already; but with last Friday’s deadline for requesting legislative drafts, many more are in the pipeline.

“Every Day is Community College Day” begins Thursday, with students from Rappahannock and Piedmont Virginia Community Colleges visiting.  Stay tuned!

Susan Hayden

Susan Hayden has worked for Virginia's Community Colleges for more than 20 years in the Institutional Advancement office, where she manages content and public relations for online venues including the VCCS website.

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