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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

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Virginia’s Community Colleges hold the line on tuition for the upcoming academic year. Action by the VCCS State Board comes after Virginia lawmakers boost state support for higher education.

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General Assembly funding decisions have a profound impact on tuitions at state-supported colleges and universities.

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The next president of Eastern Shore Community College brings experience from Kansas, Wyoming and North Dakota in addition to Virginia university leadership roles. James Shaeffer takes the helm at ESCC in July and is the fourth of seven VCCS presidents expected to be named this year.

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Grant funding helps the VCCS deliver important services to our students, such as the grant-funded logistics training at CCWA seen here. A statewide contract now makes it easier for our colleges to secure help in researching and writing grant applications.

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Overcoming the “at-risk” label…Great Expectations graduates hear from an academic leader who did not want to be defined by what others believed was possible.

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“I Wouldn’t Trade My Community College Experience For Anything” - The title of Insaaf Mohamed’s essay in Forbes sets the stage for a heartfelt recounting of her time at Northern Virginia Community College and the value of the lessons she leaned inside and outside the classrooms at NOVA.

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“Back in the days when a welding class was going to cost an individual $4,000, someone who was struggling to make ends meet would not come to us,” says Elizabeth Creamer, vice president of the Community College Workforce Alliance in central Virginia. “Now they can.” Virginia’s more affordable workforce training programs are spotlighted in the May issue of Governing Magazine; read more here.

Yes, those are Rocket Cars – designed, 3-D-printed, built and track-tested by New River Community College students May 13. Jeff Levy, head of NRCC’s engineering design and technology program told the Roanoke Times, “We shattered the record but it won’t stand because our cars got shattered, too. We had three runs that were over 280 mph, real time.” Read and see more photos here.

Our final entry this issue comes from the “loose ends” department: Student hunger was one of the focus topics at the VCCS New Horizons: Building Bridges – Equity, Access and Opportunity conference in Roanoke April 10-12. Participants at the conference were invited to contribute to a fund through The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education to benefit emergency food programs and food pantries at VCCS colleges across Virginia. Organizers report that $4,808 was donated at the conference, including a $1,000 match from Anthem and a $500 match from the Chancellor.

 

Academic and Student Affairs Council (ASAC)

 

May 23-24, 2019

 

System Office (Richmond)

 

VCCS Technology Council

 

May 29-30, 2019

 

System Office (Richmond)

 

Spring Administrative Services Conference

 

June 4-5, 2019

 

Virginia Crossings (Glen Allen)

 

Advisory Council of Presidents (ACOP)

 

June 18-19, 2019

 

System Office (Richmond)

 

VCCS State Board Meeting

 

July 17-18, 2019

 

System Office (Richmond)

 

Council of Deans and Directors/Academic and Student Affairs Council (CODD/ASAC)

 

Sept. 4-6, 2019

 

Location TBD

 

VCCS State Board Meeting

 

Sept. 18-19, 2019

 

System Office (Richmond)

 

Va. Community Colleges Association annual conference

 

Sept. 25-27, 2019

 

Sheraton Waterside Hotel Norfolk

 

Chancellor’s Retreat and Advisory Council of Presidents (ACOP)

 

Oct. 15-17, 2019

 

Hotel Roanoke (Roanoke) 

 

Fall Administrative Services Conference

 

Oct. 29-30, 2019

 

The Inn at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia

 

Chancellor’s Faculty Advisory Committee (CFAC)

 

Oct. 31-Nov.1, 2019

 

System Office (Richmond)

 

Workforce Development Advisory Council (WDAC)

 

Nov. 6-7, 2019

 

System Office (Richmond)

 

Academic and Student Affairs Council (ASAC)

 

Nov. 7-8, 2019

 

System Office (Richmond)

 

Student Leadership Conference

 

Nov. 15-17, 2019

 

Founder’s Inn (Virginia Beach)

 

VCCS State Board Meeting

 

Nov. 20-21, 2019

 

System Office (Richmond) 

 

Hire Education and Advisory Council of Presidents (ACOP)

 

Dec. 4-6, 2019

 

Omni Homestead (Hot Springs)

 

VCCS State Board Meeting

 

Jan. 15-16, 2020

 

System Office (Richmond)

 

VCCS State Board Meeting

 

March 18-19, 2020

 

Richmond (exact location TBD)

 

New Horizons Conference

 

April 15-17, 2020

 

Hotel Roanoke (Roanoke)

 

VCCS State Board Meeting

 

May 20-21, 2020

 

System Office (Richmond)

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