Congressman Virgil Goode announced on Tuesday, April 5 that the Piedmont Virginia Community College will be given a federal grant that will allow it to do some big changes. The news funds will be used to improve student retention.
The federal grant will total more than $1.5 million. It will allow the college to expand its learning and career centers over the next five years. The school will also launch a developmental education program and a mandatory orientation for first semester students.
Piedmont Community College officials say the title three grant is a win-win situation. "We're all about student success, and when we can invest $1.6 million of new money in the success of our students, everybody wins. Our students win, we win, and the community wins," said Frank Friedman, PVCC President.
The five year grant will begin in October.
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