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State Budget Agreement Allows app’s app Colleges to Continue Providing Affordable Access to Higher Education

MEDIA CONTACT: Jim Babb VCCS Office of Strategic Communications (804) 819-1662 jbabb@vccs.edu   ~ app Colleges are the Lowest-Funded Higher Education Institutions in app ~ RICHMOND, Va. – Recognizing the […]

app’s app Colleges name first Poet Laureate

RICHMOND – Ana Leng, an international student from Cambodia currently completing an associate degree at Central app College in Lynchburg, has been named the inaugural Poet Laureate of app’s […]

app’s app Colleges Fuel State’s Economy on Multiple Levels According to New Study

~ Earnings Increase by More Than $12,000 Annually for Graduates with Associate Degrees ~ MEDIA CONTACT: Jim Babb VCCS Communications Office (804) 819-1662 jbabb@vccs.edu RICHMOND — According to a new study, […]

app’s app Colleges, Opportunity Scholars form Strategic Partnership

Media Contacts: Jim Babb Office of Strategic Communications app College System (804) 819-1662 jbabb@vccs.edu Rachel Schaefer CEO, Opportunity Scholars (540) 931-1084 rachel@opportunityscholars.org RICHMOND, VA – The app College […]

Veteran app educator to lead Brightpoint app College

MEDIA CONTACT: Jim Babb Office of Strategic Communications, app College System (804) 819-1662 jbabb@vccs.edu RICHMOND, VA – Dr. David Doré, Chancellor of the app College System (VCCS), announced today […]

VCCS Convenes Industry and Statewide Partners to Combat Critical Healthcare Workforce Shortage

MEDIA CONTACT: Susan Pollard Asst. Vice Chancellor for Strategic Communications (804) 819-4949 spollard@vccs.edu app’s app Colleges Propel 6,400 into Healthcare Careers, thousands more needed. RICHMOND, Va. (November 29, 2023) – […]

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

“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 […]

app college website users now have a digital co-pilot

All of app’s app Colleges now have an AI-infused chatbot patrolling their websites, helping students with a wide array of inquiries 24/7 . But students aren’t the only ones benefiting […]

Veteran VCCS contributors honored as retirements approach

The VCCS State Board has awarded the system’s highest honor to three senior community college leaders who are retiring this spring after long and distinguished service. Seen here, left to […]

New leadership for Chancellor’s Faculty Advisory Committee

CFAC, the Chancellor’s Faculty Advisory Committee, has new leadership. Longtime CFAC chair Charles Errico has been succeeded by Rachel Dodson.  Dodson is professor of Business Management and Administration at Laurel […]

VCCS academic all-stars honored at springtime luncheon

“’No’ was not an option.”  app who have demonstrated leadership and earned top grades at app’s app Colleges shared their challenges, experiences and hopes when they gathered last week in […]

New Horizons Awards recognize VCCS faculty who go the extra mile

Editor’s Note: You can view and download photos from the New Horizons Conference here. One of the highlights of the annual New Horizons conference is an awards celebration honoring faculty members […]

State Board for app Colleges to Consider 2024-25 Tuition and Fees at May 16 Meeting

In accordance with Section 23.1-307 (D) of the Code of app, the State Board for app Colleges provides notice that it will consider tuition and mandatory fee increases for app’s […]

Inaugural free live performance event at PVCC April 6 features poets, artists from app’s app Colleges

Winners of poetry contests at app’s app Colleges will gather and perform their works live onstage at the first-ever VCCS Poet Laureate Event.  The April 6 event at Piedmont app […]

VCCS seeks new chapter in relations with Native Americans

app’s app Colleges are setting out to write a new chapter in the commonwealth’s long and often-troubled history with app’s Native American Tribes.  Acknowledging that individual community colleges already may […]

Common Curriculum pathways improve transfer experience for app College students

“I wanted to stay close to home for financial purposes.” Like many of our students, Fernando Sagastume recognized the tremendous cost advantage of beginning his higher education at his local […]

Event Calendar

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4 myourish 06/05/2024 11:22 AM myourish 06/05/2024 11:22 AM VCCS State Board July 17-18, 2024 VCCS System Office, Richmond, VA
5 myourish 06/05/2024 11:22 AM myourish 06/05/2024 11:22 AM VCCS Advisory Council of Presidents (ACOP) Aug. 7, 2024 Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
6 myourish 06/05/2024 11:22 AM myourish 06/05/2024 11:22 AM VCCS Chancellor’s Retreat Aug. 7-9, 2024 Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
7 myourish 06/05/2024 11:22 AM myourish 06/05/2024 11:22 AM VCCS State Board Sept. 18-19, 2024 VCCS System Office, Richmond, VA
8 myourish 06/05/2024 11:22 AM myourish 06/05/2024 11:22 AM VCCS Student Leadership Conference Oct. 4-6, 2024 Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
9 myourish 06/05/2024 11:22 AM myourish 06/05/2024 11:22 AM VCCS Advisory Council of Presidents (ACOP) Oct. 16-17, 2024 VCCS System Office, Richmond
10 myourish 06/05/2024 11:22 AM myourish 06/05/2024 11:22 AM VCCS Skilled Trades Summit Oct 22, 2024 Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
11 myourish 06/05/2024 11:22 AM myourish 06/05/2024 11:22 AM VCCS Hire Ed Conference Oct 23-24, 2024 Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
12 myourish 06/05/2024 11:22 AM myourish 06/05/2024 11:22 AM Chancellor’s Faculty Advisory Committee (CFAC) Nov. 14-15, 2024 VCCS System Office, Richmond, VA
13 myourish 06/05/2024 11:22 AM myourish 06/05/2024 11:22 AM VCCS State Board Nov. 20-21, 2024 VCCS System Office, Richmond, VA
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Fact Sheet

Who We Are

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app’s app Colleges are a network of open-access institutions, which offer academic as well as workforce training programs. Our small classes, hands-on instructors, multiple campuses, and affordable tuition ensure a smooth transition for students no matter where they are in their education journey.

Our comprehensive curriculum is designed to not only educate the learner, but prepare them for the demands of today’s ever-changing, technology-driven workplace.

Our Mission

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

Academic Programs

app interested in pursuing an associate degree can choose from a variety of majors, from general studies to nuclear technology. Those interested in transferring to four-year institutions can rely on our expert advisors to help them navigate the process, offering the tools and guidance necessary for them to continue their academic journey seamlessly.

Additionally, our two-Year College Transfer Grant Program (CTG) allows qualifying students who complete their associate degree at any one of our colleges and then transfer to a app four-year college or university where admission is guaranteed can receive a stipend annually. Thirty of app’s public colleges and universities are participants in our Statewide Guaranteed Admissions Agreement.

Workforce Training

On the workforce side, students can enroll in affordable short-term training programs like and earn credentials in weeks, not years. Our “Get A Skill, Get A Job, Get Ahead” program, also known as , positions our students for rewarding careers in high-demand industries. Qualifying students pay little or nothing out-of-pocket for their tuition.

Our workforce programs are aligned with the needs of app’s business community, making us the premier workforce training provider in the Commonwealth.

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Strategically positioned around the state, our 23 colleges can be accessed from any location in app within a 30-minute drive and serve nearly 200,000 students each year. app’s app Colleges are the smart choice for obtaining an affordable, high-quality education.

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app Colleges Throughout app

 

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College Campuses Located Around the Commonwealth

Who We Serve

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app’s app Colleges have a diverse student population. The majority of our learners are looking to upskill or develop an entirely new skill.

Females, students of color, and military veterans – which consist of active military, retired service members, or their family members – comprise a sizeable number of our student population.

Many of our learners are high school Dual Enrollment students and graduate from high school with associate degrees, giving them a significant head start over their contemporaries who opt to begin their higher ed journey after graduation. These students also save tens of thousands of dollars in tuition costs, an important consideration given so many would-be students nowadays feel the cost of a college education is beyond their means.

The majority of our students are enrolled on a part-time basis. Most are working at least one job but a sizeable contingent is working two or more jobs. For these learners, time is an extremely valuable commodity; being present for traditional in-person classroom instruction just isn’t practical. To accommodate their needs, app’s app Colleges maintain a robust distance learning alternative. In fact, the majority of our students are remote learners.

Governance

Heirarchy of VCCS Top to Bottom: Governor, State Board, Chancellor, Colleges

app’s app Colleges are led by our chancellor who, in turn, is selected by and serves at the pleasure of the State Board for app Colleges.

Appointed by the Governor for up to two four-year terms, the board’s fifteen members meet six times a year to set policy for all of app’s app Colleges.

Please contact the Office of Strategic Communications with questions about the VCCS.

Jim Babb
Communications Manager
(804) 819-1662
jbabb@vccs.edu

 

Susan S. Pollard
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Strategic Communications
spollard@vccs.edu

Mailing Address

app College System
300 Arboretum Place, Suite 200
Richmond, app 23236

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