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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 Thursday, December 12, 2019

VCCS Hire Education Conference honors outstanding achievements

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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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Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2019

VCCS Student Leadership Conference breaks down barriers, builds confidence

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“It was a life-changing experience.” Ava Torres, a second year student at Central Virginia Community College didn’t mince words in assessing this year’s VCCS Student Leadership Conference. The event November 15-17 brought together more than 400 students from all 23 colleges in the system for motivational sessions and workshops to boost presentation skills and self-confidence, […]

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Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2019

VCCS colleges and generous supporters step up to fight student hunger.

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By Beth Brown It’s hard to concentrate in class, or to focus on your studies when you’re hungry and worried about where you’ll get your next meal. In extreme cases, food insecurity can force students to take time off from school or abandon their education entirely. Of the food insecure students surveyed for the report […]

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Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2019

VCCS State Board takes first step to explore whether to establish student housing on or near Virginia’s community college campuses

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Featured image: Patrick Henry Community College officials have had discussions with real estate developers to explore whether to establish student housing at or near the PHCC campus. Since their inception in the mid-1960’s Virginia’s Community Colleges have been “commuter colleges” with no student housing options on campus. At its most recent meeting, the VCCS State Board […]

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Posted on Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Mellon Pathways Program to create a better transfer experience celebrates a milestone

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On Nov 8, 2019, the first cohort of Pathways Program students at Reynolds Community College and John Tyler Community College applied for dual admission to VCU. This was the culmination of the first semester of the program, in which students participated in events, activities, and advising that familiarized them with VCU, explored their fields of […]

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Posted on Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Transfer Virginia initiative marks one year of progress toward streamlining the path from community college to senior institutions of higher learning

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By Patricia Parker The world of transfer is in what I like to call a state of “wonderful chaos.” After the first year of the Transfer Virginia initiative, more than 350 faculty and staff from across Virginia’s 60+ institutions of higher learning are engaged in serious and productive conversations about how to streamline transfer for […]

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Posted on Tuesday, November 19, 2019

CFAC Update: the latest from the Chancellor’s Faculty Advisory Committee

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By Charles Errico, Ph.D. CFAC Chair The Chancellor’s Faculty Advisory Committee (CFAC) recently concluded its fall semester meeting with the System’s Office. Falling enrollments that produced reductions in force (RIF’s) at Wytheville and Thomas Nelson were a major topic of discussion. CFAC continues to do all it can to assist our colleagues who have lost […]

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