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Virginia’s Plan to Cover Tuition and Basic Needs for Community College Students

by Madeline St. Amour Published on Inside Higher Ed Advocates for increasing college attainment and equity say that free college programs need to cover more than just the cost of tuition. The Commonwealth of Virginia has a proposal that would do just that, although some are criticizing the proposal’s eligibility restrictions. The Get Skilled, Get a […]

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Apple Impact Grant Awarded to Support Success Coaches for Foster Youth

Students at Northern Virginia Community College

Apple Federal Credit Union Foundation has awarded the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) an Apple Impact Grant of $15,000 to bolster the efforts of career coaches for Virginia’s foster youth. The Apple Federal Credit Union Foundation is a longtime supporter of Great Expectations, a nationally recognized program created by the VFCCE to help […]

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Virginia Governor Northam Unveils Tuition-Free Community College Program for Low and Middle-Income Students

Governor Ralph Northam today announced his proposed budget will include $145 million over the biennium to make tuition-free community college available to low and middle-income students who pursue jobs in high-demand fields. The Governor’s “Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back” initiative, or “G3” program, will provide financial support to cover tuition, fees, and books […]

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Campus Food Pantries are Making a Positive Change in the Fight Against Student Hunger

According to Students Polled, Food Insecurity on College Campuses Has a Clear and Negative Impact on the Educational Experience It’s hard to concentrate in class or to focus on your studies when you’re hungry and worried about where you’ll get your next meal. Whether due to nutritional deficits or the stress and distraction of dealing […]

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Key Factors in Bridging the Gaps to College Success

A recent publication by The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education shares findings from a study of community colleges that point to two key factors in low-income and first-generation college students earning an advanced degree: a clear path to their goal and early exposure to the college experience. Mapping the Journey […]

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Conference Celebrates Goal Setting and Achievement for Foster Youth in Danville, Virginia

Education is a key component to overcome many of life’s challenges, yet five percent of Virginia teens between 16 and 19 years of age are not attending school and not working, which makes overcoming poverty a daily battle for them and, potentially, a lifelong one. “Far too many of our teens have only heard what […]

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Meet the VFCCE 2019-2020 Davenport Fellows

The Davenport Fellows program operates in partnership with the Ben and Betty Davenport Institute for Early Childhood Development in Danville, Virginia. Second-year students pursuing careers in early childhood education at Danville, Patrick Henry, Virginia Western, or New River Community Colleges are eligible to apply. This prestigious fellowship supports students with tuition coverage, leadership training, and […]

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Dominion Energy Announces Inaugural Class of Fellows at Virginia’s Community Colleges

A $300,000 two-year grant establishes the Dominion Energy Fellows Program to support military-connected students at Virginia’s Community Colleges who are within one year of completing their studies. Thirteen college students will receive full tuition and other assistance in 2019-2020 as part of this program in partnership with the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education. […]

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Baliles-inspired initiative at Virginia’s Community Colleges will invest $1.5 million to promote rural education this year

Through the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative (RVHI), the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education and Virginia’s Community Colleges will invest $1.5 million in the 2019-2020 academic year to increase high school graduation rates and the attainment of post-secondary credentials. […]

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New Initiative Provides Housing Stability for Great Expectations Students

Thanks to a new initiative funded by the Richard and Leslie Gilliam Foundation, students who have experienced foster care and now face housing instability and homelessness will be eligible for a housing stipend as they pursue their college goals. […]

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