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 Monday, October 24, 2016


50th Anniversary Gala Recap

What a night
There was music, laughter, and toasts galore on the evening of Oct. 15 as a packed house of 470 supporters gathered at the Richmond Marriott to celebrate the golden anniversary of Virginia’s Community Colleges. Anne Holton, wife of vice-presidential candidate Tim Kaine and Virginia’s former Secretary of Education; Governor Terry McAuliffe; and other dignitaries were on hand to reflect on the progress and promise of Virginia’s 23 colleges over the last 50 years. A special video tribute to Dana Hamel, the first chancellor of VCCS, honored his commitment and dedication during his 23-year tenure. Perhaps the highlight of the evening was the announcement of a $1 million donation from Betty and Ben Davenport to establish the Davenport Institute for Early Childhood Development. The Institute, which will partner with four of Virginia’s Community Colleges — Danville, Patrick Henry, Virginia Western, and New River — will create a talented workforce in Southern and Southwestern Virginia to ensure access to high-quality training and education for individuals working in childcare centers or family childcare homes, and increasing access to high quality childcare options for all working parents. Programming will include training, a network of professional development opportunities, coaching, and a Fellows Program, which will provide select students with financial incentives, service opportunities and leadership experiences.

Including the Davenport gift, the 50th anniversary gala raised a total of $2.4 million to support the programs of the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education. To view more photos of the evening, visit our Flickr page here.

Diversity and Inclusion Workshop

Diversity, Inclusion and Student Success


Submitted by Kate Haselhorst, HR

On October 6 and 7, the System Office hosted more than 130 VCCS leaders, faculty and staff at the inaugural Diversity, Inclusion, and Student Success Conference. The goal of the conference was to build capacity and advocacy for the success of our diverse student body and workforce. This was achieved over the two days through engaging presentations and candid discussions about the commitment needed at our institutions.

All employees can access the conference presentations on an open SharePoint site: (log in using your MyVCCS password) OR visit the public website, which highlights the Chancellor’s Teaching Fellowships: .


STEM Takes Flight with Community College Students


On weekdays, Patricia Jackson pursues an associate degree in mechanical engineering technology at Thomas Nelson Community College. Once a month on weekends and for two weeks every summer, Jackson is a senior airman in the Air Force Reserves. The discipline and training she exhibits as a member of the armed forces, combined with a gift for math and science, affinity for math and science, led her to participate in a summer internship program at NASA this past summer. You can find more information about NASA’s STEM Takes Flight program here.


Aida Pacheco – 2016 Impacto Latino Award


Submitted by Amanda Christopher, Workforce Development Services

Long-time VCCS Employee Receives 2016 Impacto Award Aida Pacheco, project manager for the Virginia Community College System, has received a 2016 Impacto Latino Award presented by the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (VAHCC) to people and companies committed to helping shape Virginia’s growing Hispanic community. Aida was one of 10 individuals statewide to receive the award during the 2016 VAHCC Business Conference Luncheon on October 13, 2016, at The Jefferson Hotel.


What’s Blogging?

Submitted by Bill LeCato, ESCC

ESCC “Teaching Tangier” Initiative Utilizes Innovative Technology “Teaching Tangier” is an initiative where Eastern Shore Community College utilizes innovative technology to deliver college instruction to Tangier Island high school seniors. This fall, ESCC will offer a dual enrollment college composition course in a hybrid format. The “face to face” portions of the class will be taught using “I-MYO,” a telepresence teaching robot.

The trip and presentation is covered in a brief video here >>


Upcoming Meetings & Events

Annual Service Awards Luncheon           Richmond               Oct. 25

Student Leadership Conference              Virginia Beach        Nov. 11-13

State Board Meeting                                Richmond               Nov. 17

VCCS First Year
& Adjunct Faculty Institute
                      Glen Allen               Nov. 17-18 

Fall Administrative
Services Conference
                               Richmond              Nov. 29-30
(Chancellor’s Faculty Advisory Committee)                        Richmond               Dec. 5-6

HIRE Education Conference                   Hot Springs              Dec. 7-9


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