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Piedmont Virginia Community College Talks With City

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

March 2, 2005

The President of the Piedmont Virginia Community College held a meeting on Wednesday, March 2nd to better the school's relationship with those it serve.

The President holds the meeting every year to keep the city involved in the growth of P.V.C.C.

Representatives from the Charlottesville School Board, City Council, and the P.V.C.C. Board of Directors gathered at the Omni Hotel for the wrap-session. The board of directors, which includes one person from each county P.V.C.C. serves, maintained their focus of making Piedmont Virginia Community College better for students, and better for the community.

"It's very important for us to hear from our community. We're a community college, and it's very important for us to effectively serve our community," said President Frank Friedman.

A common theme of the meeting was dual enrollment, which allows a student to meet high school requirements, and earn college credits at their high school during the day.

Our school division is interested in expanding our partnership with P.V.C.C., so that we can ensure our students have a seamless transition going from high school into college, said Dr. Scottie Griffin, Superintendent of Charlottesville City Schools.

In numerous ways, Piedmont is just an important economic cog in the economic engine of the city, said Mayor David Brown of Charlottesville.

The hot topic of dual enrollment at this meeting has been an issue for the school board, too. The superintendent and her staff are very interested in the option of dual enrollment to offset a growing achievement gap in city schools.


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