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2015 Excellence in Education Award Winners Announced

RICHMOND – Three of Virginia’s Community Colleges have stepped onto the stage and into the education spotlight. The Office of Professional Development has named all three winners of this year’s Excellence in Education (EIE) Awards.

The EIE awards recognize the enhancement of student success through academic engagement, technology, and innovation.

A total of 26 community college projects were submitted for consideration this year – the most entries in six years. The finalists were introduced during the recent New Horizons Conference in Roanoke, VA; an event that was highlighted by the special appearance of Second Lady and Northern Virginia Community College instructor Dr. Jill Biden.

The list of categories, project titles, key faculty members, and winning colleges appears below:

Write Here, Write Now: Creating a Culture of Writing at PVCC
Jessica Kingsley, Nicole Oechslin
Piedmont Virginia Community College

The Advance College Academy: A Comprehensive Dual Enrollment Partnership
Miles McCrimmon, Hilda Billups, Tracy Green, Tracy Banks
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College

Improving Student Engagement Through the Use of Chroma Key/Green Screen Technology
Katrina Wells
Southside Virginia Community College

Dr. Abigail Stonerock, director of faculty development for Virginia’s Community Colleges, says faculty members are breaking down barriers to educational achievement every day using ideas and innovations.

“They are elevating our educational instincts, providing new and innovative ways of approaching college challenges, and they are advancing knowledge in new and exciting ways. That needs to be recognized and celebrated.”

Stonerock adds the EIE awards should also serve to reinforce the notion that Virginia’s Community Colleges are committed to student success.

“It is an opportunity to show Virginia’s educational and business leaders how we are transforming the lives and livelihoods of Virginians, and moving the Commonwealth forward.”

The entire list of this year’s nominees can be found on the New Horizons website.

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created more than 40 years ago, the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 405,000 students each year. For more information, please visit