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A blog dedicated to the latest news and information about Virginia’s Community Colleges. We have a stable of great contributors who will offer legislative updates, workforce updates, and an inside look at Virginia’s Community Colleges and the work we do.

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Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2020

EducateVA/VCCS Career Switcher graduate honored as 2020 Virginia Teacher of the Year

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*Featured image:  2020 Virginia Teacher of the Year Andrea Johnson, center, was honored on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates on January 23. Beside her and also honored: Rodney Robinson, 2019 Virginia and National Teacher of the Year. “If you had told me in high school that I was going to be a […]

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Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2020

February is Financial Aid Awareness Month

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Editor’s Note: Virginia lawmakers are considering Governor Northam’s G3 proposal, which could mean big changes in community college affordability for thousands of Virginians. But while the legislature deliberates, students and potential students still need to know about existing financial aid opportunities at our colleges. By Laurie Owens, VCCS Director of Financial Aid Each February, higher […]

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Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2020

2020 Legislative Report of Jan. 10

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From Ellen Davenport, VCCS assistant vice chancellor for governmental relations. Excerpts from her report of Friday, Jan. 10, 2020: The G3 initiative is in the hands of the members of Higher Education subcommittees of the House and Senate money committees, and it is especially important to reach out to them often in the next few […]

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Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2020

Virginia’s Community Colleges begin 2020 with generational change in college leadership

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VCCS college presidents met during the system’s Hire Education Conference in early December.  Seated (l. to r.) Ted Raspiller-JTCC, Marcia Conston-TCC, John Downey-BRCC, Kimberly Blosser-LFCC, VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois, Tommy Wright-SWCC, Jacqualine Gill Powell-DCC, Pat Huber-NRCC, Shannon Kennedy-RCC. Standing (l. to r.) Frank Friedman-PVCC, Gregory DeCinque-Interim TNCC, Paula Pando-JSRCC, Janet Gullickson-GCC, James Shaeffer-ESCC, Robert Sandel-VWCC, […]

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Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2020

VCCS State Board endorses Governor Northam’s G3 plan to make select community college programs more affordable for low and moderate income Virginians

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At its regularly scheduled meeting January 16, the Virginia State Board for Community Colleges called on state lawmakers to adopt and fund Governor Ralph Northam’s G3 Initiative. G3 (“Get a Skill, Get a Job, Give Back”) is a is a targeted program that would provide extra financial assistance to low-and-middle-income Virginians who seek training in […]

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Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2020

Veteran community college instructor Ghazala Hashmi takes on new challenge: Virginia State Senator

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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 […]

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Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2020

Governor proposes free community college for low-and-middle income students in targeted programs

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Thousands of Virginians could gain free access to higher education and workforce training in Governor Ralph Northam’s G-3 Grant Program. The plan (“Get skilled, Get a job, and Give back”) would devote $145-million over the next two years to provide free tuition, fees, books, and help with cost of living expenses for low-and-moderate income students […]

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