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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, October 22, 2019

VCCS to offer training to better serve students who have suffered traumatic events

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Virginia’s Community Colleges are about to take a leadership position on training faculty, staff and administrators to identify and better serve students who have suffered traumatic events. The goal is to have more than 300 trauma informed individuals across all 23 of our colleges by this time next year. “When we can recognize the problems […]

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Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Chancellor urges system-wide pivot toward adult learners; greater focus on life challenges facing students

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Facing an inevitable decline in the number of traditional college age students, aged 18-24, and a growing need for adults to re-skill to keep up with a changing economy, VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois drove home a message to the 2019 Chancellor’s Retreat: it’s time to refocus on serving more adult learners and do more to […]

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Posted on Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Virginia Community Colleges Association aims to break down silos

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“I know that at work, I’m in my own cyclone of activity, so it’s a real benefit to be able to come to an event like this and get a more statewide perspective.”   Lisa Shiflett McDaniel, president of the Virginia Community Colleges Association sees a definite up-side to annual conferences that give college faculty, staff […]

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Posted on Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Top scholars at Virginia’s Community Colleges offer a glimpse into the future

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  Editor’s note:  Predicting the future is always risky business, but inexorable demographic trends are all but certain to change the makeup of students at American colleges in the years to come.  Perhaps it was a coincidence that this year’s cohort of VCCS top scholars already seem to resemble our students of the future. Students […]

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Posted on Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Baliles remembered for his service to Virginia and lasting contributions to Virginia’s Community Colleges

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Editor’s note: Former Virginia governor Gerald Baliles died October 29 at age 79 after a long battle with cancer. He was widely regarded as one of modern Virginia’s most consequential governors during his term 1986-1990.  In addition to leading major transportation improvements, Baliles also was a major champion of education, and community college education in […]

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Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2019

RSVP program helps students at Mountain Empire Community College find new careers

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By Mallory Hill, Education Support Specialist, Mountain Empire Community College Where do you turn when your once steady career is obsolete? Just a few weeks ago, Greg Seals and Rodney Tritt were employed as coal miners in Kentucky. This reality came to an abrupt halt when their employer suddenly closed the mine without warning and […]

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Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Central Virginia Community College starts fall semester with a bang…frames-up Habitat for Humanity project right on campus

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The lawn in front of CVCC’s Learning Commons was transformed into a construction site earlier this month as more than 100 students, faculty and staff converged for the day to frame-in a Habitat for Humanity house. “The best efforts are collective efforts,” said CVCC President John Capps. “That’s what we have witnessed again and again […]

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