About VCCS

Our Mission

We give everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened.

About VCCS
Glenn Dubois

Meet Our Chancellor

Glenn DuBois is a community college success story. Before ever stepping foot on campus, DuBois admits, his professional ambitions consisted of merely moving up from the kitchen to the dining area of the neighborhood restaurant he worked at after high school. However, a nagging mother and some inspiring professors saw more in him, and eventually got him to see it, too.

During DuBois’s tenure, Virginia’s Community Colleges have signed groundbreaking guaranteed transfer agreements with more than 36 public and private universities. Additionally, he has helped establish the VCCS as the state’s leading provider of workforce development services and maintained a tuition rate that is one-third of the comparable rate at Virginia’s public universities.

Governance

Virginia’s Community Colleges are governed by the State Board for Community Colleges. Board members are appointed by the Govenor of Virginia to four-year terms and may serve only two consecutive terms.

News

Given the increasing demand for our academic services and workforce programs, Virginia’s Community Colleges are helping to transform the higher education landscape and the lives of thousands of Virginians every year.

Staff

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A Brief History of VCCS

2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe kicks off the VCCS 50th anniversary gala event, which raises nearly $2.3 million for Virginia’s Community Colleges.

2016

The Virginia General Assembly, with bi-partisan support, passes legislation creating the nation’s first pay-for-performance workforce training program called the Workforce Credentials Grant (later called FastForward).

2015

The VCCS launches Complete 2021, a six-year statewide strategic plan.

2013

The number of Hispanic and Latino students attending Virginia’s Community Colleges increases 58% between 2008-2013, and the number of those students graduating increases by 150%.

2012

The Governor signs into law a measure to expand Dual Enrollment offerings into every Virginia high school.

2007

VCCS begins Great Expectations to counter the low numbers of former foster care youth who enroll in and graduate from college.

2005

VCCS Career Coaches begin working in high schools to help students create career and college plans, and convince more students to go to college.

2004

VCCS and Virginia Tech sign the first ever guaranteed admissions agreement for community college graduates.

2002

VCCS Middle College begins as a recovery program helping high school dropouts earn postsecondary credentials.

1998

The Virginia General Assembly tasks the VCCS with coordinating workforce training at the postsecondary level.

1996

VCCS begins offering online classes.

1987

Dual Enrollment begins, allowing high school students to earn community college credit for particular classes.

1972

J. Sargeant Reynolds is the 23rd and final community college to open.

1966

Gov. Mills Godwin creates the VCCS, financed by the state’s first ever sales tax. Two colleges open, serving 7,500 students.

Complete 2021

The newest Strategic Plan, Complete 2021, contains a single goal…

…To triple the credentials students earn in academic and workforce areas.

A Six Year Strategic Plan for Virginia’s Community Colleges

Virginia’s community colleges serve an estimated 400,000 people across the state. The opportunities we provide include some of the most cutting-edge and highly-demanded training and education available.

But, simply accessing those opportunities is no longer enough. You have to earn a credential to make it count toward a career.

Over the next ten years, Virginia will need to fill 1.5 million jobs. The majority of these jobs will require a postsecondary credential – an associate degree and the certifications and licensures that are our bread-and-butter.

To accommodate the demand for these middle-skill-level jobs (more than a high school degree but less than a bachelor’s), Virginia’s Community Colleges are embarking on a new six-year strategic plan to triple the number of credentials that our students earn by the year 2021.

Let’s Get Down to the Numbers

Enrollment Numbers

YearCollege/SystemAnnual Full-time EquivalentAnnual HeadcountFall Headcount
2019-2020VCCS95,592218,985158,074
2018-2019VCCS98,858228,135161,589
2017-2018VCCS101,570234,369166,866
2016-2017VCCS105,242241,412170,869
2015-2016VCCS111,124252,758176,887
2014-2015VCCS116,249262,073183,443
2013-2014VCCS120,827273,026189,117
2012-2013VCCS123,651279,970192,895
2011-2012VCCS129,652288,834197,226
2010-2011VCCS128,416286,920195,417
2009-2010VCCS122,479281,239189,273
2008-2009VCCS108,572262,444175,487

Distance Learning Numbers

YearEnrollment in Distance Learning OnlyEnrollment in Distance Learning and Regular CoursesTotal Enrollment in Distance LearningPercent Enrolled in Distance Learning
2019-202040,21165,263105,47448.2%
2018-201947,39080,037127,42755.9%
2017-201846,82479,929126,75354.1%
2016-201746,84583,260130,10553.9%
2015-201647,83588,178136,01353.8%
2014-201547,05096,022143,07254.6%
2013-201446,06598,204144,26952.8%
2012-201344,83896,302141,14050.4%
2011-201243,70099,155142,85549.5%
2010-201139,42796,054135,48147.2%
2009-201037,24485,730122,97443.7%
2008-200931,81869,199101,01738.5%

Dual Enrollment Numbers

YearStudents in Dual EnrollmentPercent in Dual Enrollment
2019-202044,92620.5%
2018-201945,48619.9%
2017-201844,07918.8%
2016-201740,82616.9%
2015-201637,92615.0%
2014-201534,78413%
2013-201434,38412.6%
2012-201331,62011.3%
2011-201231,10010.8%
2010-201131,28510.9%
2009-201031,96211.4%
2008-200932,55012.4%

Student Success: Graduation and Retention Numbers

YearStudents Earning a Graduation CredentialNumber of Credentials Awarded
2019-202024,95331,193
2018-201925,77532,617
2017-201825,79732,607
2016-201726,19232,555
2015-201626,90233,594
2014-201525,56231,194
2013-201424,43730,984
2012-201326,07931,776
2011-201225,92231,556
2010-201122,49526,853
2009-201018,35521,155
2008-200916,54618,410

Financial Aid Numbers

YearStudents Receiving Financial AidPercent of All StudentsTotal Amount Disbursed
2018-201993,94235.5%$380.7 million
2017-2018100,15936.3%$394.1 million
2016-201788,18937.0%$410.1 million
2015-201695,29038.2%$456.4 million
2014-2015106,30940.8%$507.6 million
2013-2014110,22040.8%$523.5 million
2012-201399,86035.7%$494.1 million
2011-2012100,10834.7%$480.4 million
2010-201191,83832.0%$434.5 million
2009-201079,12728.1%$350.0 million
2009-201060,11222.9%$220.0 million
2008-200951,92220.8%$172.6 million

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