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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, September 24, 2019

A faculty viewpoint: more diversity among VCCS instructors boosts student and institutional success

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Nikki Hicks, a native of Petersburg, Virginia and a graduate of Petersburg High School is an Associate Professor of Business at John Tyler Community College. She holds a B.S. in Marketing and Fashion Merchandising from Hampton University, a MBA from Averett University, and DBA from Walden University. With more than 20 years of retail experience […]

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Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Strength in diversity: how VCCS serves the public better when faculty and leaders more closely resemble our students

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By Carla J. Kimbrough, VCCS Diversity and Strategic Recruitment Manager/Diversity Officer Having faculty of color makes a difference in how well students perform academically, according to a growing body of research. The benefits of matching the racial/ethnic demographics of teachers and students have been noted in multiple academic studies. Among the findings: • Students of […]

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Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Patrick Henry Community College expands workforce training opportunities with new location in Stuart

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At the site of a former supermarket in the town of Stuart, Patrick Henry Community College has opened new facilities that will make it easier for people in Southwest Virginia to train for valuable workforce credentials. Plans for the 5,000 square foot facility were largely guided by local business leaders and county officials, to ensure […]

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Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Major corporate support allows Virginia Western Community College to offer expanded food services to students in need

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What began as a few shelves of non-perishable food items donated by students and faculty transformed at the beginning of the fall semester into a complete food pantry that now fills an entire office at Virginia Western Community College’s Student Life Center. The newly dubbed “Virginia Western Student Co-Op fueled by Kroger” offers students consistent […]

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Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Coastal Community Colleges Spared Brunt of Hurricane Dorian

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

Would Hurricane Dorian’s projected path hold true to forecasters’ predictions or would it deviate far enough inland to wreak havoc on Southeastern Virginia and possibly the Northern Neck? A lot of people wanted to know. So, they watched and waited. Fortunately, the forecasters’ predictions turned out to be accurate. While the colossal storm pummeled parts […]

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Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Several VCCS colleges will train women from disadvantaged backgrounds for work in Virginia’s shipyard repair industry.

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Tidewater, Paul D. Camp and Thomas Nelson community colleges will provide shipyard repair training under a new federal grant that will target women who have suffered abuse or come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Eastern Shore Community College also will refer students into the program. A half-million dollar federal grant for Tidewater Virginia was announced in late […]

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Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2019

VCCS colleges join with workforce system and public assistance agencies to help laid off coal miners

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By Amanda Christopher The latest economic gut punch to hit the Appalachian region occurred July 1, when Blackjewel filed for bankruptcy, and without warning, shut down operations at its facilities in Virginia, Kentucky, West Virginia and Wyoming. Most of Blackjewel’s 1,700 employees were laid off, and the company owes many of them paychecks for work […]

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