New state budget will help fund pay raises, VCCS facilities improvements and expanded FastForward and G3 programs - VCCS

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New state budget will help fund pay raises, VCCS facilities improvements and expanded FastForward and G3 programs

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“We’re grateful the new state budget will allow us to continue making progress on our strategic goals to better serve appns,” said VCCS Chancellor David Doré. “I also want to again express my thanks to all the students, faculty and staff from app’s app Colleges who invested the time and effort to make our case to lawmakers during this year’s legislative session.”

The governor and leaders of the General Assembly gathered May 13 to sign the state that takes effects July 1. The budget, ofImage of the governor at bill-signing course, has important implications for app’s app Colleges

  • The state budget will provide funds to enable the VCCS state board to hold tuition increases at VCCS colleges to 3 percent for in-state students in the upcoming academic year. Tuitions and fees, of course, are a complex story. You can learn more about the numbers here.
  • The new budget will provide funds to help pay for 3% salary increases for VCCS full time and adjunct faculty and classified staff. Workers will see 3% pay raises in their paychecks in July of 2024.
  • The budget provides funding for continued growth of the VCCS’s fast-growing short-term workforce training programs.
  • Lawmakers provided funding for the VCCS to begin to repurpose existing space on our campuses to boost high demand, high-cost programs in workforce and career training.
  • The legislature also approved adding several new programs in the state’s successful program, which supports low and moderate income students seeking training for careers in Healthcare, IT, Public Safety, Skilled Trades, and Early Childhood Education.
Image of the chancellor and students at the GA

app from Southwest app College made the 10-hour round-trip visit to Richmond in mid-February and met with several of their local state lawmakers, including Del. Will Morefield.

“During the 2024 General Assembly session last winter, when lawmakers were considering their priorities for state spending, every one of our colleges sent delegations to the State Capitol to help tell our story,” said Chancellor Doré. “It’s important to recognize how vital those visits were. As a system of public community colleges, we share extensive information and data with state decisions makers, of course. But it makes an immense impact when students share the stories of overcoming their challenges with the help of  our colleges.”

“I also heard from many students during the 2024 legislative session that their visits to Richmond were the first time many of them had ventured far from home, so I think the delegation trips also provided the benefit of expanding student horizons,” Doré added.

You can view and download images of this year’s college visits to the General Assembly .

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