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Virginia's Community Colleges 50th Anniversary

 

1966  

Gov. Mills Godwin creates the VCCS, financed by the state’s first ever sales tax. Two colleges open, serving 7,500 students.

1972

J. Sargeant Reynolds is the 23rd and final community college to open.

1987

Dual Enrollment begins, allowing high school students to earn community college credit for particular classes.

1996

VCCS begins offering online classes.

1998

The Virginia General Assembly tasks the VCCS with coordinating workforce training at the postsecondary level.

2002

VCCS Middle College begins as a recovery program helping high school dropouts earn postsecondary credentials.

2004

VCCS and Virginia Tech sign the first ever guaranteed admissions agreement for community college graduates.

2005

VCCS Career Coaches begin working in high schools to help students create career and college plans, and convince more students to go to college. 

2007

VCCS begins Great Expectations to counter the low numbers of former foster care youth who enroll in and graduate from college.

2012

The Governor signs into law, a measure to expand Dual Enrollment offerings into every Virginia high school.