John Tyler Community College Foundation Announces $1.3M Grant from Altria Group

By John Tyler Community College | Full Article


CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – Local employers regularly struggle to find qualified workers to fill critical manufacturing positions. Many of these jobs are middle-skill; they offer good pay and benefits and require some education beyond a high school diploma, but not a bachelor's degree. Almost 60% of Virginia companies report a lack of qualified candidates to fill current and future manufacturing job vacancies. 

A new public-private partnership between John Tyler Community College (JTCC) and Altria Group will help address this skills gap by building the college's capacity to prepare students for these high-demand jobs. A $1.33 million grant from Altria to the JTCC Foundation will expand the college's industrial electricity and mechanical maintenance programs, which offer students the option of earning a career studies certificate in a year or less, an associate degree, or both. 

"We are thankful for Altria's generous gift," said Dr. Edward "Ted" Raspiller, president of JTCC. "This grant gives our college the resources needed to expand access, as well as enhance our programs that will train people for high-demand jobs. We are also grateful for Altria's ongoing partnership with John Tyler Community College. Collaborations such as ours are vital to the work we do at Tyler and support our efforts to empower people through education." 


Virginia Colleges Issued More Degrees Than Ever Last Year

By Justin Mattingly | Richmond Times-Dispatch | Full Article

A record number of students earned degrees in Virginia last year, state records show. 

The state's colleges awarded a total of 119,980 undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees, and undergraduate certificates in 2017-18, an increase of 1,053 awards compared to last year. Virginia also saw an increase in the number of bachelor's degrees issued, climbing from 54,208 in 2016-17 to 54,947 this year, according to research released Friday by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. 

Included in that figure is 24,655 science, technology, engineering, math and health (STEM-H) degrees, which was also a state record. More than one in three of those graduates came from public colleges, a state record. 

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