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Legislative Advocacy

General Assembly Video 2014 2014 Student Delegation
John Tyler Community College impacts lives each and every day. No one tells that story better than our very own students. Hear what they have to say.

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A Place That Changes Lives
At John Tyler Community College, we spend each and every day helping our students reach their goals. It’s not just what we do, it’s who we are. We are a college that’s helping Asein Ta realize his dream of becoming a teacher. We are a community that’s offering Gagan Marwah and Silvia Garcia Murcia the resources they need to get ahead. We are faculty who are opening new doors for Phillip Parker and Blake Beulike. And, we are the staff who support students like Melissa Kelly, who are returning to school to pursue new careers. These are only a few of the stories that inspire us to do everything we can to help our students grow and our community thrive.

Click here to learn more about the students who are part of our 2014 Student Delegation to the General Assembly.

Reaching Out to Legislators
On February 4 and February 12, our 2014 student delegation met with some of the legislators who serve the John Tyler Community College service region. During those meetings, our students shared their personal stories and discussed how John Tyler Community College has benefited them and the community.

General Assembly 2014
Pictured (left to right): Holly Walker (JTCC PR & Marketing Specialist), Dr. Edward “Ted” Raspiller (JTCC President), Alex Clark, Luke Griles, Del. Rosalyn Dance, Blake Beulike, Renato Arenas, Linda Hyslop (JTCC Board)

General Assembly 2014
Pictured (left to right): Asein Ta, Gagan Marwah, Nik Grimsley, Belsi Avalos Jordan, Sen. Stephen Martin, Silvia Garcia, Alex Clark, Khiem Tran, Melissa Kelly

2014 Legislative Priorities

Chester Campus: Expansion for Workforce Development and Training and Renovations to Support STEM-H Programs

Chester Card

John Tyler Community College is committed to providing training to our workforce and to preparing our students for jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and health (STEM-H).

In order to continue meeting these objectives, the College must:

  • Upgrade outdated science labs in Bird Hall
  • Expand and renovate the Nicholas Center to allow for the consolidation of CCWA meeting spaces and offices, which will answer community demand for more workforce training classrooms and public meeting spaces.

Click here to read more about this project.

Preparing Virginians for Tomorrow’s Jobs by Producing More College Graduates
Virginia Community Colleges want to enhance their student support services to help even more students earn a postsecondary credential. Investments in innovative technology, mentors and academic counselors will boost the success of the first generation and returning students as well as those with military status.

Growing Virginia’s Pipeline of Talent
One in four working-age adults in rural Virginia lack a high school education and our rural regions rank 50th in the nation in the percentage of the population holding a bachelor’s degree. Virginia’s Community Colleges seek public seed funding to pilot a partnership, the Virginia Rural Horseshoe Initiative, to address those challenges.

Keeping Higher Education Affordable
Beyond our public promise to keep tuition and fees affordable, Virginia’s Community Colleges support the SCHEV proposal to enhance the Two-Year College Transfer Grant to serve more Virginia families.

Investing in Workforce Credentials
Virginia’s Community Colleges want to prepare more people for portable, industry-certified credentials. Many career fields desperately need skilled employees to replace retiring Baby Boomers. By investing $1,000 for each of the first 7,500 Virginians to earn a credential, state leaders can help our community colleges significantly expand Virginia’s skilled workforce.

21st Century Workforce Equipment, Facilities and Instructors
Training for 21st century careers requires 21st century equipment, facilities and instructors. Virginia’s Community Colleges seek to educate students on modern equipment in modern facilities – especially when it comes to evolving and fast changing STEM programs – and they need to offer competitive pay to hire and retain the best instructors.

Click here to read more specifics about 2014 legislative agenda for Virginia’s Community Colleges.

Grow By Degrees
Grow By Degrees
The Grow By Degrees coalition believes investment in higher education in Virginia will help fuel and sustain economic growth in the Commonwealth. Learn more.

How Can You Help?

  • Communicate with members of the General Assembly who represent your locality. To find your legislators and their contact information, please visit the Virginia General Assembly home page, and click on “Who’s My Legislator” (at the top of the page).
  • E-mail Holly Walker at if you would like to join the College delegation on future trips to the Virginia General Assembly.

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