Virginia's Community Colleges

Virginia's Community Colleges Virginia’s Community Colleges (VCCS) are committed to serving Virginia families by helping them acquire the knowledge and skills to seize the opportunities of today and tomorrow.
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Virginia’s community colleges have a 40-year track record of educational excellence and innovation to serve the needs of our citizens and strengthen the Commonwealth’s economy. When Virginia’s General Assembly established the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) in 1966, the need for a comprehensive system was well known. Over the two decades after the end of World War II, leaders in government, business, professional sectors, and academia had called for a new approach to providing educational opportunity. A key concern was Virginia’s ability to develop a skilled and knowledgeable workforce to expand the state’s economy. Although several state universities had established two-year, off-campus "branch" colleges, they did not provide a comprehensive community college program with "open door" access to all students. At the same time, the state’s vocational-technical schools offered no college-level academic studies or associate’s degrees. And in many parts of the state, citizens had no branch college or vocational school within commuting distance. Today our community colleges give every Virginian the opportunity to gain a quality education. Students may: -Earn a two-year associate’s degree or a technical diploma or certificate. -Take college courses for credits that may be transferred to a four-year institution. -Attend developmental, remedial, and continuing adult education programs. Facebook Commenting Guidelines: This is a page for supporters, students and employees of Virginia’s Community Colleges, and we encourage open discussion and invite you to share your opinion on anything we post. By participating on this page, you are agreeing to our commenting policy, outlined below. We reserve the right to delete posts on our page containing any of the following elements: - profanity - misinformation - spam - off-topic / irrelevant - personal attacks - promoting violence - promoting illegal or questionable activities If you repeatedly violate this policy, you will be removed from our page. We appreciate your cooperation and support, and look forward to connecting with each of you! If you have a question regarding this page or anything on it, please email us at [email protected]. Thank you!

Mission: We give everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened.

Operating as usual

Even in the face of a pandemic, nearly three-fourths of the community college students surveyed believe their education ...
02/02/2021
Students still give their community colleges high marks – Community College Daily

Even in the face of a pandemic, nearly three-fourths of the community college students surveyed believe their education will be worth it.

One in five community college students expect to delay graduation because of the pandemic, according to survey results from the Strada Education Network. However, even though two-year college students feel stress and anxiety prompted by...

Lord Fairfax Community College President Kim Blosser and Blue Ridge Community College - Virginia President John Downey h...
02/01/2021

Lord Fairfax Community College President Kim Blosser and Blue Ridge Community College - Virginia President John Downey have co-authored an op-ed on the need for advisors, pros who can help students navigate the pathways to a successful career.
Learn more: http://bit.ly/2NVGRSB

As a result of the pandemic, “We quickly realized that while all of us were in the same storm, we were absolutely not we...
01/28/2021
Essential changes for success – Community College Daily

As a result of the pandemic, “We quickly realized that while all of us were in the same storm, we were absolutely not weathering that storm in the same boat. Some of us were in yachts. Some of us were in more modest boats…some were in dinghies.”
~ Reynolds Community College President Paula Pando

The pandemic has exposed some gaps in the supports that community colleges provide to students, but it also has led to creative problem-solving. The Covid health crisis has “amplified the things we’ve been missing,” said...

A must-read. #fastforwardva is the way.
01/27/2021
How the pandemic is propelling demand for short-term college programs

A must-read.
#fastforwardva is the way.

It’s been a brutal academic year for higher education, with enrollment down in the fall more than 560,000 undergraduate students compared to 2019. But there has been at least one area of growth at many schools: short-term programs that help students gain new skills for the workforce quickly. Hari ...

Patrick Henry Community College President Dr. Angeline Godwin has announced her retirement.“Throughout my career, I’ve w...
01/25/2021

Patrick Henry Community College President Dr. Angeline Godwin has announced her retirement.
“Throughout my career, I’ve worked closely with many community college presidents and Angeline Godwin is among the very best."
~ Chancellor Glenn DuBois
Read more: http://bit.ly/36dPluF

When the communities we serve need a helping hand, our students always rise to the occasion. Way to go, Danville Communi...
01/25/2021

When the communities we serve need a helping hand, our students always rise to the occasion.
Way to go, Danville Community College nursing students!

DCC nursing students served our community last week by volunteering to aid SOVAH Health in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines at two vaccine clinics. We are proud of our students who volunteer their time and knowledge to support our community during these unprecedented times.

George Vaughan was a visionary.“Both personally and professionally, he has left a deep imprint on the community college ...
01/19/2021
Former PVCC president, national leader in community college education Vaughan dies

George Vaughan was a visionary.

“Both personally and professionally, he has left a deep imprint on the community college landscape and will be greatly missed.”
~ Chancellor Glenn DuBois

“He dedicated his professional life to community college education and became recognized nationally as a community college president, prolific author and teacher.”

Not familiar with the G3 (Get skilled. Get a job. Give back.) initiative and how you can benefit? Let Thomas Nelson Comm...
01/18/2021
Opinion: G3 program would remove financial obstacles to college study

Not familiar with the G3 (Get skilled. Get a job. Give back.) initiative and how you can benefit?
Let Thomas Nelson Community College President Dr. Porter Brannon help you get better acquainted.

Gov. Northam's G3 proposal could bridge the financial gap for Virginians seeking to earn a college education or pursue new skills, Thomas Nelson Community College President Porter Brannon writes in a guest column.

Degrees and certificates are important. But our students also have vital roles to play in helping their communities thri...
01/14/2021
My Thoughts on Our Work Ahead - VCCS

Degrees and certificates are important. But our students also have vital roles to play in helping their communities thrive.
A call to action from Chancellor Glenn DuBois.

Dear Colleagues and Friends: History is unfolding before us in ways that are shocking, violent, and fast. I write to offer my support to those within the VCCS family who […]

A half-century of uncompromising commitment to those who call Western Tidewater home.
01/14/2021
Celebrating 50 years at PDCCC - The Tidewater News

A half-century of uncompromising commitment to those who call Western Tidewater home.

By Dan Lufkin For most institutions, 2020 was a challenging, unprecedented year. Our lives were affected in ways we had never seen before. As the clock struck midnight on Dec. 31, hope sprang eternal for a better new year. As we move into 2021, there is excitement about the future for the Western Ti...

Has COVID left you jobless or under-employed? The deadline for the Re-Employing Virginians initiative (REV) has been ext...
01/12/2021

Has COVID left you jobless or under-employed?
The deadline for the Re-Employing Virginians initiative (REV) has been extended through 2021.
A REV grant can not only transform your career, it can change your life. Read more to see if you qualify.
http://bit.ly/35AjrIq

When it comes to Virginia's forests and woodlands, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College stands tall, earning its second...
01/12/2021

When it comes to Virginia's forests and woodlands, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College stands tall, earning its second decade-long accreditation from the Society of American Foresters.
Read more: https://bit.ly/38D9U5q

We are proud to partner with the USNCC.
01/11/2021
United States Naval Community College

We are proud to partner with the USNCC.

“It is imperative we have a more educated enlisted force, grounded in the understanding of current events, allowing them to add context to the actions they may be ordered to do." SECNAV Kenneth Braithwaite
https://t.co/jwoxQzVU6i?amp=1 #usncc

Virginia's Community Colleges can help you reach your professional destination faster and for a lot less money. In some ...
01/07/2021
15 Best Jobs You Can Get Without a College Degree | Kiplinger

Virginia's Community Colleges can help you reach your professional destination faster and for a lot less money. In some cases, little to no $ at all. #REV #FastForward #CollegeAnywhere

The highest-paying jobs typically require a big investment in education.

A report released earlier this year found that more than 3,300 households in the Charlottesville area have unmet housing...
01/06/2021
Graduate Charlottesville offering leases to UVA and PVCC students

A report released earlier this year found that more than 3,300 households in the Charlottesville area have unmet housing needs.
Some students at Piedmont Virginia Community College stand to benefit from the hotel chain's offer.

Students at the University of Virginia and Piedmont Virginia Community College now have the option to live in a Charlottesville hotel this semester.

ICYMIG3 (Get skills. Get a job. Give back) is a win-win for everyone and an indispensable tool for helping to get the co...
01/05/2021
Glenn DuBois column: G3 is a win-win solution for struggling families and businesses

ICYMI
G3 (Get skills. Get a job. Give back) is a win-win for everyone and an indispensable tool for helping to get the commonwealth back on its feet.

Countless Virginia families are facing challenges that were unforeseeable a year ago. Virginia businesses are hurting, too. While smaller companies fight to survive COVID-19 complications, medium and large firms desperately

"This is stuff you need to know for life, if you own a house or do any type of construction."~ Mountain Empire Community...
01/04/2021
MECC class assists with revitalization efforts in Appalachia

"This is stuff you need to know for life, if you own a house or do any type of construction."
~ Mountain Empire Community College student Colby Dillon

The small business, located beside of the famous Peake Building on Appalachia’s main street, will soon open as the new Appalachia Mercantile.

The SO is closed now but we'll be back in business 1/4. Until then, we wish you and yours the very best!
12/24/2020

The SO is closed now but we'll be back in business 1/4.
Until then, we wish you and yours the very best!

Project Rebuild is a work readiness program geared toward giving gang-affiliated teens a future off the streets.Danville...
12/22/2020
Danville City, DCC honor first Project Rebuild graduates

Project Rebuild is a work readiness program geared toward giving gang-affiliated teens a future off the streets.
Danville Community College

A graduation ceremony was held today for the first Project Rebuild class, with six members receiving certificates for completing a workforce readiness program for 18- to 25-year-olds looking to rebuild

According to Virginia Congressman Bobby Scott, who chairs the House Education and Labor Committee, the newly-passed pand...
12/22/2020
What the funding package means for colleges, students – Community College Daily

According to Virginia Congressman Bobby Scott, who chairs the House Education and Labor Committee, the newly-passed pandemic relief measure "will help millions of students.”

Congress on Sunday reached a deal on the long-awaited pandemic relief funding as the omnibus spending bill to keep the government running. The $900 billion pandemic funding bill will be combined with the $1.4 trillion...

Twenty year-old Brianna Haynes hopes to continue her education at Piedmont Virginia Community College this spring.If you...
12/21/2020
Va. woman with leukemia seeks community support in furthering her education

Twenty year-old Brianna Haynes hopes to continue her education at Piedmont Virginia Community College this spring.
If you'd like to help, here's your chance.

At 15 years old, Brianna Haynes went to the hospital to have her gallbladder removed, which ultimately led her to find out that she had chronic myeloid leukemia.

"Virginia's Community Colleges are ideally positioned to provide training in high-demand jobs that will help us through ...
12/18/2020
A faculty viewpoint: 2020 was no fun, but we’ll get over it, and Virginia’s Community Colleges will help lead the way - VCCS

"Virginia's Community Colleges are ideally positioned to provide training in high-demand jobs that will help us through the pandemic and emerge stronger when it is finally over."

By Charles Errico, Ph.D. Chair, Chancellor’s Faculty Advisory Committee As we close the fall semester, every faculty member can provide numerous testimonials of the economic hardships their students faced during […]

Congrats to all Germanna Community College grads. You did it!"The value of achievement lies in the achieving."-Albert Ei...
12/16/2020
GCC virtual grads

Congrats to all Germanna Community College grads. You did it!
"The value of achievement lies in the achieving."-Albert Einstein

Virtual graduation at the December graduation at Germanna Community College. Here are some highlights

The author bonded with students who brought their kids to class because they couldn't find child care. Others were conce...
12/15/2020
The Unexpected Lessons I Learned at Community College

The author bonded with students who brought their kids to class because they couldn't find child care. Others were concerned about their struggles with English and some were just getting off the graveyard shift.
Sound familiar?

Not getting into any of the schools I applied to forced me to focus on what I really wanted out of higher education.

Congratulations to Piedmont Virginia Community College English professor Jennifer Koster, winner of SCHEV's 2021 Outstan...
12/11/2020

Congratulations to Piedmont Virginia Community College English professor Jennifer Koster, winner of SCHEV's 2021 Outstanding Faculty Award.
Read more: https://bit.ly/3ncn4uN

Some of the findings included in the report are eye-opening.#COVID19  #TheGreatPause
12/10/2020
COVID-19's dramatic impact on enrollment in just one year |

Some of the findings included in the report are eye-opening.
#COVID19 #TheGreatPause

The annual High School Benchmarks study from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows stunning declines year over year for colleges, lower-income students.

12/09/2020
Mountain Empire Community College

The COVID numbers in Southwest Virginia are concerning.
Mountain Empire Community College President Kristen Westover is doing her part of help limit the spread.
#wearbecauseyoucare
https://www.facebook.com/mountainempirecollege/videos/839758120171611

UVA-Wise Chancellor Donna Henry and MECC President Kristen Westover are asking the community to "Wear Because You Care" to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our region. #mecc #uvawise #WearBecauseYouCare

Restaurant workers -- what's to become of them now that the industry has been turned upside-down?Virginia's Community Co...
12/09/2020
Connecting the Dots: Your favorite place may be no more, and we must help its workers - VCCS

Restaurant workers -- what's to become of them now that the industry has been turned upside-down?
Virginia's Community Colleges to the rescue! Learn how in our latest installment of Connecting the Dots.

One of my favorite restaurants is a little, family-owned place in south Richmond that offers the best handmade onion rings. The restaurant opened in 1966, the same year Virginia opened […]

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Virginia’s community colleges have a 50-year track record of educational excellence and innovation to serve the needs of our citizens and strengthen the Commonwealth’s economy. When Virginia’s General Assembly established the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) in 1966, the need for a comprehensive system was well known. Over the two decades after the end of World War II, leaders in government, business, professional sectors, and academia had called for a new approach to providing educational opportunity. A key concern was Virginia’s ability to develop a skilled and knowledgeable workforce to expand the state’s economy. Although several state universities had established two-year, off-campus "branch" colleges, they did not provide a comprehensive community college program with "open door" access to all students. At the same time, the state’s vocational-technical schools offered no college-level academic studies or associate’s degrees. And in many parts of the state, citizens had no branch college or vocational school within commuting distance. Today our community colleges give every Virginian the opportunity to gain a quality education. Students may: -Earn a two-year associate’s degree or a technical diploma or certificate. -Take college courses for credits that may be transferred to a four-year institution. -Attend developmental, remedial, and continuing adult education programs. Facebook Commenting Guidelines: This is a page for supporters, students and employees of Virginia’s Community Colleges, and we encourage open discussion and invite you to share your opinion on anything we post. By participating on this page, you are agreeing to our commenting policy, outlined below. We reserve the right to delete posts on our page containing any of the following elements: - profanity - misinformation - spam - off-topic / irrelevant - personal attacks - promoting violence - promoting illegal or questionable activities If you repeatedly violate this policy, you will be removed from our page. We appreciate your cooperation and support, and look forward to connecting with each of you! If you have a question regarding this page or anything on it, please email us at [email protected]. Thank you!

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