Virginia Community College System

The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) oversees a network of 23 community colleges in Virginia, which serve residents of Virginia and provide two-year degrees and various specialty training and certifications. In 2006, the Virginia Community College System's annual enrollment rate topped 233,000 students. The VCCS also had an additional 170,000 students in workforce development services and noncredit courses.[3]

Virginia Community College System
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TypePublic university system
EstablishedDecember 16, 1966; 56 years ago (1966-12-16)[1]
ChancellorSharon Morrissey
95,592 (on an FTE basis)[2]

In March 2022, the system hired Russell Kavalhuna as its next chancellor.[4]

In June 2022, the board announced that Kavalhuna was no longer taking the job and the system was restarting the search for a new chancellor. Sharon Morrissey, previously the system's vice chancellor for academic and workforce programs, was appointed interim chancellor.[5]


VCCS institutions
Name Established Enrollment[6] Location
Blue Ridge Community College 1967 3,386 Augusta County
Brightpoint Community College 1967 8,558 Chesterfield County
Central Virginia Community College 1966 3,464 Lynchburg
Danville Community College 1936 2,330 Danville
Eastern Shore Community College 1971 637 Accomack County
Germanna Community College 1970 7,496 Culpeper County
Orange County
Stafford County
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College 1972 7,252 Richmond
Laurel Ridge Community College 1970 5,862 Fauquier County
Frederick County
Page County
Mountain Empire Community College 1972 2,079 Wise County
Mountain Gateway Community College 1962 1,069 Alleghany County
New River Community College 1959 3,903 Pulaski County
Northern Virginia Community College 1965 49,559 Alexandria
Fairfax County
Loudoun County
Prince William County
Patrick & Henry Community College 1962 1,906 Henry County
Paul D. Camp Community College 1970 1,239 Franklin
Piedmont Virginia Community College 1972 4,997 Charlottesville
Rappahannock Community College 1970 2,588 Gloucester County
Richmond County
Southside Virginia Community College 1970 2,961 Brunswick County
Charlotte County
Southwest Virginia Community College 1968 2,135 Tazewell County
Tidewater Community College 1968 16,797 Chesapeake
Virginia Beach
Virginia Highlands Community College 1967 2,451 Washington County
Virginia Peninsula Community College 1968 5,832 Hampton
James City County
Newport News
Virginia Western Community College 1966 5,625 Roanoke
Wytheville Community College 1963 2,089 Wythe County


  1. ^ "About Virginia's Community Colleges". VCCS. Retrieved 9 May 2022.
  2. ^ "About Virginia's Community Colleges". VCCS. Retrieved 9 May 2022.
  3. ^ Virginia Community College System - History
  4. ^ Moody, Scott (March 22, 2022). "Va. Community College System Defies Gov. With Chancellor Hire". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved 9 May 2022.
  5. ^ "Virginia Community College System Restarts Chancellor Search". U.S. News & World Report. June 14, 2022.
  6. ^ "Fall Headcount Enrollment". State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Fall 2021. Retrieved October 9, 2022.

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