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VaHigherEd Podcast: Episode 10 – Becoming a teacher

VaHigherEd Podcast: Episode 10– In this second of a two-part series about the Career Switchers  program at Virginia’s Community Colleges, Mead Craun talks about her experience in the Career Switchers program. She’ll become a middle school teacher with a one-year license in July, after beginning the program at Germanna Community College in January.

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VaHigherEd Podcast: Episode 4 – Voices from Middle College: Believe in Yourself Again

photo3-abana-90.jpgJacksonJonespodcast_button1.pngVaHigherEd Podcast Episode 4 – Jeff Kraus talks to Middle College students from J. Sargeant Reynolds and Germanna community colleges at the General Assembly Building, where three students shared the successes the Middle College program has brought to their lives. Listen to them talk about their Middle College experience. Pictured left to right, Erick Jones; Ebony Jackson; and Pablo Abana.

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Hoofing It Through the General Assembly

stephanyfromgcc-125.jpg“We’ve got to hoof it,” says Jan Gray, director of institutional development at Germanna Community College, as she leads students into the General Assembly Building. Her pace matches those working inside the building, fast and purposeful. Keeping pace is Stephany Hunter. A nursing student and mother of five, Stephany is used to “hoofing it.”

Balancing academics, clinicals, an externship for Mary Washington Hospital and serving as vice president of the Student Nursing Association at Germanna, has made for a very long “To-Do” list. It’s a wonder she had time to spend at the General Assembly. But Stephany understands the value of spreading her message.

“It’s important that we talk about these issues because they impact our education.”

“These issues”, i.e. a shortage of nurses, low salaries and maxed-out facilities became evident to Stephany while attending a National Nursing Association meeting in Kansas City. Being among her peers, who are struggling from the same issues, demonstrated how community colleges play a role in the solution and why they need to be supported.

“Community Colleges are picking up the bulk of the responsibility by producing more nurses. The technology, like virtual hospitals, has bdougsmoot125.jpgeen such an asset. I am so impressed. ”

Waiting with Stephany, in the area outside of Del. Christopher Peace’s office, Doug Smoot, president of Student Government, reflects on his experiences at Germanna and his ambitions for law school. Meeting with legislators gives him a glimpse into a future in politics that he will pursue with the help of the community college system. The ambitious president has already made an appointment with Del. Edward Scott. 

Quickly ushered into the Del. Peace’s office, Stephany and her fellow student delegates share their experiences in community college. Moments before the group’s photo opportunity with Del. Peace, Stephany drives home her message: “Saying yes to funding community colleges is saying yes to improved health care.”

Stephany says she loves the political process. She plans to be back on Feb. 6 for Nursing Legislation Day. Add “Advocate” to her To-Do list.

Pictured:  Stephany Hunter (top) and Doug Smoot (bottom) were among Germanna students visiting the General Assembly on Tuesday.

Posted by Lauren Von Herbulis

Early Lessons from Blogging

We’ve been blogging from Virginia’s Community Colleges publicly for about two weeks now.  It’s interesting to see how the hot issues of the day — like campus safety — are the things that elicit the most public comment. But the blog is also a place for us to focus attention on events and programs that appeal to us as people.

Colleges have been debating starting blogs, developing policies, creating the forum for conversation.  Germanna Community College’s president — David Sam — has his own blog. I’m sure others are thinking about it.

Blogging is all about a more personal, conversational twist on today’s culture. Blogs are part of the “Web 2.0” generation – which moves the conversation outside the strict confines the organization — and into the community.  Maybe community colleges — moving higher education into the community — have always been a little ahead of their time.

Virginia has been ranked # 1 in Tech Job Creation – but the IT Pipeline is Shrinking

What can the government, education stakeholders and industry leaders do to help?

Maybe follow in the footsteps of New River Community College (NRCC).  NRCC has developed Virginia’s first game technology degree specializations.   The game industry revenue exceeds $30 billion per year worldwide and has surpassed movie box office revenues in the U.S., making games the fastest growing segment of the entertainment market and an excellent field for career advancement.

(Side Note:  The video game Halo 3 had sales of $300 million its opening week – enough to jack up the value of Microsoft stock.)

During the past five years, IT program enrollments in the nation’s colleges and universities have dropped 50%. Women enrolled in undergraduate IT programs have dropped 36% to a current low of 17%. Leaders in government, education, and industry all share the burden of developing solutions to address this shrinking IT pipeline. Colleagues from around Virginia are meeting at the “Virginia IT Workforce Summit” at Germanna Community College to explore this problem in more depth.   

Posted by Heather Millar

Community colleges tightening their belts

It was a little over a week ago that Governor Tim Kaine made it official that Virginia’s community colleges -along with all of state government – will have to cut about 5 percent from their budgets. Newspapers across the state have asked several community college presidents or staff how they are planning to meet that request. Their answers, in the stories below, are by freezing vacant positions, not creating planned new positions, and by adjusting programs.  Here is what some of our colleges have had to say:

Germanna cuts costs, keeps jobs – Culpeper Star Exponent, 10.5.07
A Southwest Virginia mobile health clinic and several community colleges are affected by state budget cuts – Bristol Herald Courier, 10.4.07
Colleges hurt by budget cuts – Danville Register & Bee, 10.3.07
UVa, PVCC ready to deal with spending reductions – Charlottesville Daily Progress, 10.2.07
College budgets are cut – Martinsville Bulletin, 10.2.07
Colleges forced to cut to meet budget shortfall – Daily Press, 10.2.07
Gov. Kaine to lay off 74 state workers – Daily Press, 10.1.07

Posted by Susan Hayden