About Virginia's Community Colleges

About VCCS

Our Mission

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

About VCCS

Meet Our Chancellor

Dr. Sharon Morrissey came to the Virginia Community College System in 2014. For the past several years, she has served as Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Workforce Programs, where she was responsible for state-level coordination of workforce education and college transfer programs, instructional and student support services, research and reporting, federal program administration, and related policy development for Virginia’s 23 community colleges.


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.


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.


VCCS System Office staff members are identified alphabetically by last name. Individual titles,  email addresses and phone numbers are also available. Activate the button below to begin your search.

A Brief History of VCCS


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


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).


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


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%.


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


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


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


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


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


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


VCCS begins offering online classes.


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


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


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


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