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Monday, October 3, 2016


Shared Services Center —

What You Need to Know:
An Interview with Donna Van Cleave

As Virginia’s Community Colleges move into an era of shared services, and with the Shared Services Center opening over the summer in Botetourt County, we reached out to Donna Van Cleave, VCCS vice chancellor for Administrative Services, to answers VCCS employees’ most pressing questions.

First and foremost, I want people to know that the Shared Services Center is not about the System Office, nor is it about a handful of people managing it. Rather, it is a group effort comprised of hundreds of employees who are focused on modernizing the way we do business. As a large community college system whose technological capabilities haven’t been updated in decades, the SSC will move our administrative functions into the 21st century by recognizing and identifying the untapped talents of our people, rectifying the underutilization of our technologies, reaping unrealized benefits from leveraging the size of our system, and embracing creative ways in which we can work better together across functional and college lines. We’ve
adopted a tagline for the Shared Services Center: “Shared Ownership. Shared Governance, Shared Value.” It represents exactly what the SSC is, does and stands for. Although that may not be evident to you during the hectic parts of the roll out, we’re confident it will be as implementation continues.

Lance Billard, the SSC Program Director, recently gave a presentation on the SSC to the VCCA conference. He shared some great background and information on how the process has been unfolding. His PowerPoint can be found here.

First Hamel Winner

First Hamel Scholarship Awarded
Submitted by D. Susan Hayden. System Office

As a tribute to the 50th Anniversary of Virginia’s Community Colleges, friends and supporters have fully endowed the Dana B. Hamel Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship, and the first award has been made to a student at John Tyler Community College. Mercy Mazurek will be the first recipient of the Dana B. Hamel Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship. Mercy is pursuing her degree in chemistry and physics and plans to continue her education to eventually obtain her doctorate. She hopes to become a professor so she too can have an impact on students, just as Dr. Hamel has.


PVCC Named Top Community College for Adult Learners in National Ranking Report


Submitted by Leigh-Anne Lawrence, PVCC
Piedmont Virginia Community College has been named a top community college for adult learners in the 2016 College Rankings report released by Washington Monthly in its September-October issue. Washington Monthly’s 2016 College Rankings report evaluates American two- and four-year colleges on a variety of criteria such as accessibility, flexibility of programs and student services. For the first time this year, Washington Monthly included a special supplement to its report on the best colleges for adult learners due to the overwhelming number of adult students, age 25 or older, who are now attending college.


What’s Blogging?
Talent Search Awarded
5-Year Grant

What's Blogging?

Submitted by Gail Johnson, DSLCC
Dr. John Rainone, President of Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, is pleased to announce that the college’s Educational Talent Search TRIO Program has been awarded a five-year $1.7 million grant from the Department of Education that will enable them to continue the program for the next five years. Last year Talent Search celebrated 35 years of being on the DSLCC campus.

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Professional Development:
Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

Leadership Academy

Submitted by the Office of Professional Development
As Virginia’s Community College celebrates 50 years of progress, it’s natural to ask ourselves who will lead us to the promise our future holds? To answer that question, just look to the graduates of the 2016 Classified Staff Leadership Academy and you will know that the future of the VCCS is in good hands.  Attendance at this annual two-and-half-day rigorous leadership program is limited to one classified staff person per Virginia community …

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