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About Central Virginia Community College 

Central Virginia Community College is a two-year state college located in Lynchburg, Virginia and is part of the Virginia Community College System. Established in 1966, CVCC serves students at its main campus in Lynchburg, and its off-site centers in Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell counties. The curricula and programs of the college serve more than 228,000 people within this geographical jurisdiction. With academic excellence as its aim in all areas, CVCC offers various programs to meet the diverse needs of the region it serves. Learn more about CVCC at centralvirginia.edu 

 

 

CVCC Press Releases

LYNCHBURG, VA – According to a new study performed by Lightcast, Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) generated $224.6 million annually in economic activity throughout the regions it serves in FY 2021-22. This amount is equal to nearly two percent (1.7%) of the total gross regional product (GRP) of CVCC’s service area. For perspective, the impact of CVCC is nearly as large as the region’s entire transportation and warehousing industry. This added income is also the equivalent of supporting 3,506 jobs.

The study, titled The Economic Value of Central Virginia Community College, assesses the impact of CVCC on the regional economy and the benefits generated by the college for students, taxpayers, and society. The results of the study show that CVCC creates a positive net impact on the regional economy and generates a positive return on investment for students, taxpayers, and society.

“CVCC plays a vital role in our community,” said CVCC’s President Dr. John Capps. “Through job creation and fostering economic growth, the college generates a positive return for taxpayers and contributes to the overall well-being and prosperity of the region.”

For every dollar invested in learning at CVCC, students gain $6.90 in higher future earnings, an annual rate of return of 23.5%. In addition, taxpayers see a net benefit of $2.60 in added tax revenue stemming from students’ higher lifetime earnings and increased output by businesses and public sector savings.

When compared to a person with a high school diploma or equivalent, the average community college graduate with an associate degree will see an increase in earnings of $9,800 annually.
 

CVCC’s Impact on the Commonwealth:

According to the Lightcast report, in Fiscal Year 2021-22, the people in Virginia invested $43.5 million to cover the college’s expenditures, including student expenses and student opportunity costs, with an estimated return on investment of $391.3 million (at present value) in added state revenue over the course of the students’ working lives.

Over the long term, for every dollar invested in CVCC, the people of Virginia will receive a cumulative value of $9.20 in benefits. The Commonwealth will also benefit from an estimated $7.6 million in present value social savings related to reduced crime, lower welfare and unemployment assistance, and increased health and well-being across Virginia.


An executive summary of the Lightcast study can be found here

CVCC Employees Accept National Award for Student SuccessLynchburg, VA  Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) is honored to announce that CVCC was awarded with the education company EAB’s Student Success Collaborative - CONNECTEDness Award during the CONNECTED24 National Conference in Denver, Colorado. The award recognizes establishments that build relationships across institution types, connecting community colleges, four-year schools, or the broader higher education community.

CVCC was selected from more than 850 colleges, universities, and individuals that use the student success management system, Navigate. This is the tenth consecutive year that EAB has recognized outstanding achievements in student success.

“I am very proud that CVCC was awarded by the EAB on a national stage,” said Dr. John Capps, CVCC’s President. “Prioritizing our students and seeing their success as integral to our own is a fundamental commitment. CVCC’s partnership with EAB has proven to be immensely valuable in strengthening our communication channels with both current and prospective students.”

CVCC aims to provide open, accessible, flexible, quality learning opportunities through courses that are generally accepted to transfer to four-year institutions and lead to diplomas, certificates, or associate of applied science degrees that are designed to prepare individuals for their desired professions.

“CVCC is always striving to provide the best possible experience for our students,” stated Dr. Michael Farris, Dean of Student Services at CVCC. “This award is evidence of our commitment to student success, all of which is made possible by our dedicated Student Services team and our collaboration with EAB.”

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About EAB

EAB’s mission is to make education smarter and communities stronger. EAB works with more than 2,500 institutions to drive transformative change through data-driven insights and best-in-class capabilities. From kindergarten to college to career, EAB partners with leaders and practitioners to accelerate progress and drive results across enrollment, student success, institutional strategy, and data analytics. EAB works with each partner differently, tailoring their portfolio of research, technology, and marketing and enrollment solutions to meet the unique needs of every leadership team, as well as the students and employees they serve. Learn more at eab.com.

Lynchburg, VA (January 24, 2024) – The Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) Local Advisory Board will next meet on Wednesday, January 31, 2024, beginning at 4:30 p.m. The meeting will take place on CVCC’s main campus in the President’s Conference Room located in Appomattox Hall.

Speakers must notify the board chairman at least 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the meeting of their intention to address the board along with the topic of their comments.  

The Local Advisory Board meeting minutes are posted on CVCC’s webpage along with other board information at: https://centralvirginia.edu/local-advisory-board.

A map of the CVCC campus can be viewed by following this link: https://centralvirginia.edu/main-campus.

Muriel Mickles on CVCC CampusLYNCHBURG, VA (December 21, 2023) – Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) proudly announces the retirement of Dr. Muriel B. Mickles, Vice President of Academics, Students, and Workforce Development, culminating an exceptional 52-year journey of unwavering commitment and transformative contributions to the college.

Dr. Mickles, a cornerstone of the CVCC community since 1968, initially joined as a student in the institution’s second-ever class. Through her remarkable tenure, she navigated diverse roles from student and staff member to counselor, dean, and ultimately Vice President. Her remarkable journey embodies resilience, dedication, and an ardent passion for education.

Motivated by a steadfast commitment to learning and personal growth, Dr. Mickles embarked on her educational voyage at CVCC, charting her path against the norms of her time. Balancing a full-time job at Lynchburg Hosiery Mill with an ambitious 18-credit college schedule, her perseverance laid the foundation for a remarkable career dedicated to educational empowerment.

"CVCC was the gateway to a world of possibilities," remarked Dr. Mickles, reflecting on her transformative experience. Her tenure spanned pivotal roles in counseling and academic leadership, shaping the destinies of countless students and advocating for their educational journeys.

Throughout her distinguished career, Dr. Mickles spearheaded initiatives pivotal to student success, including the establishment of an Early Alert system, the formation of what is now the CVCC Governance Model, and the implementation of the Early College program. Her impact resonates deeply within the CVCC community and beyond.

"Not only did CVCC shape my life, but it also shaped the lives of my children," shared Dr. Mickles proudly. All three of her grown children, Bethanie, Anna, and Evan, received an education at CVCC, followed by further education and accomplishment.

Dr. Mickles leaves a lasting mark, not only for her professional accomplishments but for her unwavering commitment to empowering students to achieve their fullest potential. Her message to future generations echoes with inspiration: "Dream it, own it, embrace it. The sky is the limit for you. Think big."

As Dr. Mickles bids farewell to CVCC, she envisions a future marked by growth, innovation, expanded programs, and enhanced support for students in need. Her impact will continue to shape the trajectory of CVCC, leaving an enduring legacy of empowerment and academic excellence.

"Dr. Muriel B. Mickles has been an irreplaceable asset to CVCC, leaving an indelible impact on our institution. Her tireless dedication to student success and unwavering passion for education will resonate within our halls for generations to come," remarked Dr. John Capps, CVCC President.

CVCC extends its heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Muriel B. Mickles for her unparalleled service and wishes her the very best in her well-deserved retirement.

Debra Short & William Jefferson at VCCS HIRE Ed Conference(December 19, 2023) — The annual HIRE Ed Conference, a signature event organized by the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), was held December 6 – 8 in Roanoke celebrating remarkable accomplishments in workforce development initiatives. The conference, which showcases excellence, innovation, and collaboration among colleges and their business partners, reaffirmed the pivotal role that Virginia's Community Colleges play in advancing workforce training across the state.

The event saw robust participation from Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) administration, staff, faculty, local businesses, and economic development community members, all representing the Greater Lynchburg area. Dr. Jason Ferguson, CVCC’s Associate Vice President of Professional and Career Studies/Workforce Solutions, delivered impactful insight into CVCC’s achievements as a facilitator and participant across three sessions, notably contributing to the panel discussion that served as the cornerstone of the conference. Dr. Ferguson presented with Christine Kennedy of the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance to showcase the collaborative approach taken to serve businesses by both organizations. Other CVCC partners in attendance at the conference included Nat Marshall from BWX Technologies, Heather Ramsey from Framatome, C.J. Caudill from Aerofin, Kristin King from Centra, Paul Denham from Southern Air and Dr. Justin Hensley from Cloudfit Software, who also serves on the CVCC Local Advisory Board. Paul Denham joined Jason Ferguson on stage for the closing session which involved a panel discussion that highlighted partnerships between four community colleges and their local businesses.

CVCC was recognized with several awards across a variety of categories. Accolades were extended to Debra Short, CVCC’s FastForward Program Manager, honored with the award for Outstanding Achievement by a College Faculty or Staff Member, and William Jefferson, Head of the CVCC HVAC Program, received the esteemed award for Outstanding Achievement from a Rising Star. Furthermore, in a competitive arena encompassing all twenty-three colleges, CVCC claimed the prestigious Showcase Award for its innovative Monopoly-styled exhibit, showcasing CVCC's one-door approach to credit and noncredit programming in a singular, accessible format. The college's exhibit also featured a set of HoloLens; a form of immersive, augmented reality goggles used to enhance medical training and learning by simulating real-world scenarios.

CVCC's Monopoly-styled board game at the VCCS HIRE Ed Conference

"This recognition underscores the dedication and excellence of our team," remarked Jason Ferguson acknowledging the outstanding efforts of Debra, William, and the entire Workforce Solutions team. "Their outstanding achievements exemplify the commitment to advancing workforce development and fostering impactful collaborations within our community. As evidenced by the support shown from local business partners participating in presentations to share their insights regarding how community colleges and industry must work together to meet workforce demands.”

The success of CVCC at the HIRE Ed Conference highlights the institution's unwavering commitment to driving innovation, collaboration, and excellence in workforce development initiatives.

EAB Finalist(October 4, 2023) Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) is honored to announce that education company EAB has named CVCC as a finalist for the company’s Student Success Collaborative - CONNECTEDness Award, which recognizes establishments that build relationships across institution types, connecting community colleges, four-year schools, or the broader higher education community. 

CVCC aims to provide open, accessible, flexible, quality learning opportunities through courses that are generally accepted to transfer to four-year institutions and lead to diplomas, certificates, or associate of applied science degrees that are designed to prepare individuals for their desired professions. 

“I am very proud that CVCC is being recognized as a finalist for the prestigious Student Success Collaborative - CONNECTEDness Award,” said Muriel Mickles, CVCC’s Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs. “Our students are a priority, and their success is our success. The partnership with EAB has proven invaluable in enhancing collaborative outreach efforts through multimodal communications with current and prospective students. I am delighted to share that our students are the ultimate beneficiaries of this wonderful partnership.  Thank you EAB!” 

CVCC was selected as one of 25 finalists chosen from more than 850 colleges, universities, and individuals that use the student success management system, Navigate. This is the tenth consecutive year that EAB has recognized outstanding achievements in student success. 

“Many of the students arriving on college campuses today were profoundly impacted by the pandemic and staff have to innovate to ensure these students receive the support they need,” said EAB President of Technology, Scott Schirmeier. “The finalists for EAB’s Student Success Collaborative Awards are rising to the challenge, leading with empathy, and using technology in smarter ways to help students achieve their goal of earning a college degree.” 

“This nomination, and our participation in this initiative, is evidence of our steadfast commitment to student success,” stated Michael Farris, Dean of Student Services Enrollment Management at CVCC. “We love our students and enjoy the collaboration with EAB to help them succeed!” 

The winners of this year’s awards will be selected from among the list of finalists and will be recognized at CONNECTED24, a three-day gathering of thousands of student success leaders from progressive community colleges as well as four-year colleges and universities taking place this January. 

About Central Virginia Community College 

Central Virginia Community College is a two-year state college located in Lynchburg, Virginia and is part of the Virginia Community College System. Established in 1966, CVCC serves students at its main campus in Lynchburg, and its off-site centers in Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell counties. The curricula and programs of the college serve more than 228,000 people within this geographical jurisdiction. With academic excellence as its aim in all areas, CVCC offers various programs to meet the diverse needs of the region it serves. Learn more about CVCC at centralvirginia.edu 

About EAB 

EAB’s mission is to make education smarter and communities stronger. EAB works with more than 2,500 institutions to drive transformative change through data-driven insights and best-in-class capabilities. From kindergarten to college to career, EAB partners with leaders and practitioners to accelerate progress and drive results across enrollment, student success, institutional strategy, and data analytics. EAB works with each partner differently, tailoring their portfolio of research, technology, and marketing and enrollment solutions to meet the unique needs of every leadership team, as well as the students and employees they serve. Learn more at eab.com. 

Ribbon Cutting(September 29, 2023) Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) is pleased to announce that the College held a ribbon cutting celebration today to unveil its new, state-of-the-art, Skilled Trades Lab, which will enhance our electrical, HVAC, and plumbing programs and ensure CVCC students enter the workforce job-ready. 

CVCC’s Professional and Career Studies Division is at the forefront of education innovation. Our programs provide our community with industry-leading technology, curriculum, philosophies and methodologies that help local businesses thrive. These programs accounted for nearly 30% of the college’s overall enrollments for the 2022-2023 enrollment year. In addition, CVCC enrolled 1,792 students in non-credit WorkForce programs during the 2022-2023 school year. 

“Skilled trades is one of our fastest growing program areas,” said Jason Ferguson, Associate Vice President overseeing CVCC’s Professional and Career Studies/Workforce Solutions Division.  “With over 250 enrollments in these programs, including NCCER Core, Electrical, HVAC, and Plumbing, the new lab space will allow our faculty to better train individuals for the workforce.  We will also be able to offer backflow prevention training on the main campus to address this need by local business and industry.” 

The Professional and Career Studies Division, which includes our WorkForce Solutions program, also provides training programs for the local industry and our business partners, like Southern Air, who made a significant contribution towards the new Skilled Trades Lab. Through these training programs, CVCC promotes economic development and innovative solutions to advance the region’s workforce. 

About Central Virginia Community College 

Central Virginia Community College is a two-year state college located in Lynchburg, Virginia and is part of the Virginia Community College System. Established in 1966, CVCC serves students at its main campus in Lynchburg, and its off-site centers in Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell counties. The curricula and programs of the college serve more than 228,000 people within this geographical jurisdiction. With academic excellence as its aim in all areas, CVCC offers various programs to meet the diverse needs of the region it serves. Learn more about CVCC at centralvirginia.edu.

CVCC In The News

(November 28, 2023)  Launched in 2019, Stay Close, Go Far (SCGF) is an initiative providing last-dollar free tuition to eligible Lynchburg City Schools students, encouraging them to attend Central Virginia Community College or pursue higher education at partnering institutions at Centra College of Nursing, Liberty University, Longwood University, Randolph College, Sweet Briar College or University of Lynchburg. 
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Posted by Bedford Bulletin

By John Barnhart, Staff Writer; johnbarnhart@bedfordbulletin.com

The Bedford Campus of Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) offers a program called Early College, for high school students. It allows them to attend their junior and senior years of high school at the community college, rather than high school. When they graduate, they have an associate degree along with their high school diploma. In fact, due to the difference in graduation dates, they actually get their degree before they get their diploma.

The program has been going on for a number of years now. Anne Cantrell, Bedford’s finance director, was one of the early graduates of the program. She was in the second group of students to enter the program and entered a four-year college with junior status right away.

Read the full article by the Bedford Bulletin here: https://www.pmg-va.com/bedford_bulletin/news/early-college-gives-college-bound-teens-a-boost/article_af4516eb-2ba1-5fd1-8ed4-ada64061600f.html#tncms-source=login