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The mission of Virginia’s Community Colleges, to address the state’s unmet higher education and workforce training needs, remains as urgent today as when we began. The innovations highlighted here are just some of the ways we strive to meet the evolving 21st century needs of the students, employers and communities we serve.

Developmental Education Redesign

Developmental Education Redesign

What if a college system could drastically shorten the time it takes students to complete developmental courses, giving them a fighting chance to progress to college-level work and graduate? That’s the focus of the Developmental Education Redesign initiative, which has received national attention for its innovative approach.

A new paradigm for preparing for college math has been created, and a redesign of English developmental courses is under way.

Middle College

Middle College provides a gateway to success for 18- to 24-year olds who did not complete their high school education. The program enables these young adults to learn the skills necessary to compete in today’s marketplace while simultaneously pursuing a GED.

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Career Coaches

Who doesn’t need a little coaching now and then? These community college employees work in high schools and communities to help individuals achieve their personal goals for what’s next.

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EdTech@theVCCS

A blog on distance education topics at Virginia’s Community Colleges
  • February 25, 2020
  • By Miriam Basinger
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Welcome to the VCCS EdTech blog

Welcome to VCCS EdTech blog. This site is the new source for general information about educational technology throughout the Virginia Community College System. Some areas this blog will focus on: current ed-tech news issues best practices technology tools, primarily within the VCCS. On occasion, we’ll touch upon topics of broader interest outside of the immediate VCCS community. Upcoming Webinar Workshops

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  • February 24, 2020
  • By Miriam Basinger
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Upcoming Canvas Webinars

Back by popular demand, the eLearning and Educational Technology (eLET) committee is continuing the Canvas webinar series. Check out the webinars scheduled to take place through March 2020.  Save the LIVE WEBINAR link to your calendar, https://vccs.zoom.us/j/3277668321 or click on the “Join in!” button. Join in! Registration is required for the March webinars. Click here to register  Date Workshop TBA

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Great Expectations

This innovative, nationally recognized program helps Virginia’s foster youth earn the postsecondary credentials they need to achieve an independent and successful life. Great Expectations is offered at 17 of Virginia’s Community Colleges.

Reengineering Taskforce

Creativity, efficiency and passion are only three of the ingredients necessary to meet the 21st century needs of Virginia students and employers. This group is working to position the VCCS to meet tomorrow’s pressing challenges.