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  • Ghazala Hashmi has deep ties to the VCCS. She taught English at Reynolds Community College for 18 years, and was founding director of the school’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Having moved to the U.S. from India with her family 1969, she was prompted to take an active role in politics by the...
  • Earlier this month, a completion ceremony was held for students at the Lynchburg Regional Juvenile Detention Center. But it wasn’t your typical graduation ceremony, and these aren’t your typical students. In corrections parlance, they’re commonly referred to as “detainees.” The students completed a nine-and-a-half-week course in basic welding, thanks to a pilot program launched this...
  • LaDawn Lancaster (pictured above with Chancellor DuBois) faced tough odds. A single mom with three daughters, she struggled to make ends meet working three jobs while a full-time college student. Things started turning in her favor when Lancaster sought healthcare workforce credentials through the FastForward program at Piedmont Virginia Community College. In months instead of...

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