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Secondary Math Teacher

Career Opportunity

If you are interested in making a positive impact on the lives of Virginia’s youth, then we want you to become part of our Team!  Private rural residential special education facility for teen girls and boys seeks a full-time secondary Math Teacher to teach Algebra I and II.  Math degree and experience teaching Algebra I and II preferred.  Will give serious consideration to candidates with a degree in a subject other than Math if the applicant possesses a Math endorsement from the Virginia Department of Education.  Qualified candidates should possess a current Virginia Teacher’s License with math endorsement.  Qualified candidates must possess the analytical and observational skills to make decisions which safeguard the health, safety, and educational plans of students in care. 

Competitive salary & benefits.  Compensation package includes employer matching 401(k) retirement plan & employer sponsored health, dental, vision, & life insurance.  JFBHS is a Drug Free Workplace.  Successful applicants must pass a pre-employment drug screen and criminal background screening.  EOE.  Position opened until filled. 

E-mail or fax cover letter and resume to:

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services
Attn: Chris Thompson
Job # 2021-12
546 Walnut Grove Drive
Jarratt, Virginia 23867
Fax: (833) 418-1986
E-mail: careers@jacksonfeild.org

Career Opportunity

LPN

Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility for youth located ten minutes north of Emporia, Virginia seeks Virginia licensed LPN. Full-time position.  Twelve hour evening/overnight shift (8PM to 8AM).

Competitive pay!  Compensation package includes employer matching 401(k) retirement plan & employer sponsored health, dental, vision & life insurance.  JFBHS is a Drug Free Workplace.  Successful applicants must pass a pre-employment drug screening and criminal background screening.  Position open until filled. EOE.

E-mail or fax cover letter & resume to:

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services
Job# 2021-11
Attn: Chris Thompson
E-mail: careers@jacksonfeild.org
Fax: (833) 418-1986

CAREER OPPORTUNITY

Staff Accountant/Payroll Manager

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services, a Psychiatric residential treatment facility for teens and young adults, seeks a Staff Accountant/Payroll Manager to process accounts payable and payroll. This position also assists in the 401(k) plan audit field work including reconciliations.   This position ensures that invoices are paid timely and accurately.  This position ensures that JFBHS’ complies with all federal and state payroll laws and regulations.  The Payroll Manager/Staff Accountant reconciles payroll entries every payroll period to ensure that employees are accurately and promptly paid.  This position tracks leave accruals and reconciles leave balances.  This position also processes and reconciles 401(k) match and deferral deposits and processes and reconciles benefit deductions.  This position may also assist with resident medical billing.

Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s Degree in accounting or related field preferred.  Experience in payroll processing and/or accounting required.  Medical billing experience a plus but not required.  Proficiency in accounting, payroll, spreadsheet, database, and word processing applications required.

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and drug free work place. Competitive salary and benefits package including employer sponsored health, dental, vision, life insurance and 401(k) retirement plan.  EOE.  Position open until filled.

Email or fax resume & cover letter to:

Chris Thompson
Attn: Job # 2021-10
E-mail:  careers@jacksonfeild.org
Fax:  (833) 418-1986

Career Opportunity

Residential Counselors

If you are interested in making a positive impact on the lives of Virginia’s youth, then we want you to become part of our Team!  Residential Treatment Facility located in Jarratt, Virginia seeks positive role models to work directly with adolescent boys and girls in a residential treatment program.  The Residential Counselor is responsible for role-modeling healthy behavior and teaching life skills while implementing trauma-informed treatment practices.  This is a full-time position.

Must possess the availability to work weekends, evenings, and holidays.  Flexibility is a must.  Seeking candidates with experience working with youth in a formal therapeutic setting.   A Bachelors’ degree is preferred but not required.  Starting pay ranges from $13.50 to $15.50/hr. depending upon experience and credentials.  Shift differential is provided for week-day evening shift and for first and second shifts on the weekend. A $1,000.00 retention bonus is paid after 18 months of full-time employment.

Compensation package includes 401(k) retirement plan & employer sponsored health, dental, vision & life insurance.  JFBHS is a Drug Free Workplace.  Successful applicants must pass a pre-employment drug screen and criminal background screening.  EOE.  Positions open until filled.

E-mail cover letter and resume to:

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services
Attn: Chris Thompson
Job # 2021-
E-mail:careers@jacksonfeild.org
Fax: (833) 418-1986

RESIDENTIAL SERVICES SUPERVISOR

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services, a Psychiatric residential treatment facility for adolescents located in Jarratt, Virginia, seeks an individual to manage the day-to-day operations of a 10 to14 bed residential unit.  The Residential Services Supervisor (RSS) is responsible for the implementation of the Trauma Informed Treatment program and monitoring the effectiveness of services.  The RSS is responsible for ensuring the safety of all program participants and prioritizing multiple tasks to ensure the effectiveness of all program components.  The RSS works with various resources within the facility and the local community to ensure that all program participants receive appropriate wrap around services.  The RSS recruits, teaches, coaches, evaluates, and empowers unit staff and is responsible for developing staff schedules and maintaining coverage within established staff/resident ratios.  The RSS is responsible for operating the unit within established budgetary, licensing, and Council on Accreditation guidelines.

Qualifications:

A Master’s Degree in Psychology, Social Work or Human Services related field is preferred.  A Bachelor’s Degree is required.  Two years’ experience working with adolescents in a human services related field is required. Two years’ experience working in a residential treatment facility for adolescents is preferred.

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and drug free work place. Competitive salary and benefits package including employer sponsored health, dental, vision, life insurance and 401(k) retirement plan.  EOE.  Position open until filled.

Email or fax resume & cover letter to:

Chris Thompson
Attn: Job # 2021-9
E-mail:  careers@jacksonfeild.org
Fax:  (833) 418-1986

Summer Fun at the Library

 

The Meherrin Regional Library invites children of all ages to participate in their Summer Reading Program by keeping track of books read during the summer, and attending FREE events at the Brunswick County Library (BCL) in Lawrenceville and the W. E. Richardson Memorial Library (RML) in Emporia. Children who reach their age group’s reading goal will win a free book. Those who read the most books in their age group will win a Top Reader Grand Prize.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 

July 29th

Mad Science

10:30-11:15 am @ BCL - 2:00-2:45 pm @ RML

 

 

To learn more about Summer Reading at the Library, stop by your closest branch or contact the Brunswick County Library at (434) 848-2418 x301, or the Richardson Memorial Library at (434) 634-2539. Visit www.meherrinlib.org for more information, or follow the Meherrin Regional Library on Facebook @meherrinregionallibrary.

Spotlight on Jobs by the Virginia Employment Commission

Entry Level Production: We are looking for candidates who are willing to work any shifts in a drug free environment. Moderate to heavy lifting required and extreme temperatures.  No HSD or experience required.  Job Order 2337613

MILLWRIGHT: Troubleshoot, install, align, dismantle, repair and maintain industrial machinery and mechanical equipment for improved reliability and up-time. HSD and 3 years Experience RequiredJob Order 2346922

LAUNDRY ATTENDANT: Load articles into washers or drying machines, or direct other workers to perform loading. Operate extractors and driers, ordirect their operation. No education or experience required.  Job Order 2352760

RELATIONSHIP TELLER: Greeting customers and initiating dialogue to determine their banking needs. Routine accepting of deposits and payments, disbursing cash, and day-end settlement of same. Completing Currency Transaction Report (CTR) for all necessary transactions.  HSD 12 Months Experience Job Order 2356254

TOURISM SEERVICES ASSISTANT: Assists the Tourism Coordinator in the development, planning, organization, and implementation of Tourism programs, branding, advertising and marketing the County and promotion of special events.  HSD and 12 months experience required.  Job Order 2373183

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THESE POSITIONS CONTACT THE

VIRGINIA EMPLOYMENT COMMISSION

FREE WORKSHOPS!

  Virginia Employment Commission hours in Emporia are:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:30 – 4:30

Wednesday 9:30 – 4:30

      The Virginia Employment Commission is An Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

La Comision de Empleo de Virginia es un empleador/programa con igualdad de oportunidades.  Los auxiliaries y servicios estan disponibles a dedidopara

 personas con discapacidades.

Southside Virginia Community College to use Gerald L. Baliles Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative Award from Virginia Foundation for Community College Education to Close Educational Attainment Gaps

Richmond — Southside Virginia Community College received the Gerald L. Baliles Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative (RVHI) Award from the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) to help close the educational attainment gap between the Rural Horseshoe region and the state at large. Named for the 65th governor of Virginia, the award honors Baliles’ legacy of promoting educational accessibility. The primary goals of the RVHI program are to reduce the number of rural residents without a high school diploma and to increase the number of rural residents with an associate’s degree, diploma, or certificate.

“Rural Virginia needs a targeted investment to take care of its next generation so the entire Commonwealth can prosper,” said Stewart Roberson, VFCCE’s board chair.

Each of the 11 colleges that received this funding proposed unique strategies that align with the goals of the RVHI. RVHI programs will serve a diverse range of high school students and adults from underserved and underrepresented populations.

"Many of our students pursue transfer program opportunities or workforce programs that lead directly to high paying jobs.  Through the expertise of our career coach professionals, the RVHI program will help potential students better understand the connection between their educational choices and their career opportunities," said Dr. Quentin R. Johnson, SVCC President.

By investing in rural education, the VFCCE is working with Virginia’s Community Colleges to promote opportunities to pursue higher education and a more equitable Commonwealth.

The SVCC Foundation is a proud partner in the RVHI grant.  SVCC’s approved grant request was in the amount of $100,000; of that total amount, $50,000 is coming from the VFCCE and the other $50,000 must be raised through the SVCC Foundation.

McEachin Joins VAIPL Environmental Justice Town Hall

Washington, D.C. – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) joined a community town hall hosted by Virginia Interfaith Power and Light (VAIPL) to discuss President Biden’s Build Back Better priorities, the Justice 40 Initiative, his environmental justice efforts in Congress, and job creation.

“I have been honored to work with the Biden administration during this crucial period to Build Back Better. As we continue our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, we must advance innovative policy solutions that promote economic growth, create new jobs, and address the climate crisis,” said Rep. McEachin (VA-04). “I enjoyed joining Virginia Interfaith Power and Light to discuss President Biden’s priorities, my efforts in Congress, and our shared values for the future.”

“The Administration’s infrastructure priorities have the potential to be a gamechanger for frontline and rural communities, spurring economic growth and raising environmental standards for all Virginians as well,” said Faith Harris, Co-Director for Virginia Interfaith Power & Light

"President Biden's infrastructure package sets aside historic funding to tackle the climate crisis, create green jobs, and make improvements to critical infrastructure. As we analyze this infrastructure package, it is critical that we recognize environmental injustices that plague our country. The infrastructure package is an opportunity to infuse billions of dollars into communities that have historically been disinvested in, and we hope that this package does not continue a pattern of disinvestment in communities of color” said Naadiya Hutchinson, Government and Media Affairs Specialist at We Solar.

The Justice40 Initiative aims to improve productive collaboration between federal agencies and state and local communities while advancing President Biden’s promise to deliver at least 40 percent of the overall benefits from federal investment in climate and clean energy to disadvantaged communities.

Rep. McEachin has been an unwavering advocate for environmental justice communities in Congress and has introduced several important pieces of legislation to address their needs. Rep. McEachin introduced the bicameral Environmental Justice for All Act with Natural Resources Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-03) and Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) to empower environmental justice communities to take actionable steps to address environmental pollutants and hazards. He also introduced the bicameral Environmental Justice Legacy Pollution Cleanup Act with Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) to eliminate pollution that has disproportionately harmed frontline communities for generations.

VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital Visitation Update

South Hill, VA (7/23/21) – As COVID rates continue to increase in the region and the vaccination rate for children remains low, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital is making additional restrictions on their visitation policy. Effective immediately, visitation is being restricted to one adult visitor (18 or older). Exceptions to this policy may apply in cases of end-of-life visitation. 

General Visitation Rules

  • All visitors must be screened and provided a visitor badge or armband.
  • All visitors must be always masked.
  • Visitors must comply with physical distancing guidelines in all common areas.
  • The second-floor lobby waiting area is reserved for outpatient surgical patients and their support person only, all other visitors will be asked to return to their car.
  • All visitors will be encouraged to use hand sanitizer upon entering the facility and frequently during their stay.
  • If patient clinical needs dictate no visitors (i.e. chemotherapy), visitors may be redirected to waiting areas.

Inpatients

  • Visiting Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • One visitor (18 or older) allowed at a time per patient for all non-COVID patients. COVID patients are still not allowed to have visitors.
  • Labor and Delivery unit: 1 adult visitor (18 or older) at a time, allowing 1 to spend the night.
  • Pediatric patients in all units: 1 adult (18 or older) visitor at a time, allowing 1 to spend the night. Parent/POA/guardian may trade off.
  • Patients who are at the end of life: The number of visitors is determined by the patient’s care team.
  • Special needs patients that require 24/7 assistance may have a caretaker stay with them if in the best interest of patient care.

To reach a patient, please dial (434) 584-****, followed by the four digits of the patient's room number.

Outpatients and C.A.R.E. Building Appointments

  • Surgery patients may be accompanied by one adult companion.
  • Patients arriving for doctor’s appointments, evaluation, or diagnostic or therapeutic procedures may be accompanied by one adult companion.

Emergency Department Patients

  • Visitation is currently suspended except for the following circumstances:
    • Pediatric patients: Up to 1 parent and/or a legal guardian.
    • Patients who are at the end of life or critical condition: The number of visitors are determined by the patients’ care team.

Hundley Center

  • Visitation is currently suspended.

It is very important that all visitors maintain appropriate physical distancing in all waiting areas.  The health and safety of all patients and staff will continue to be of the utmost importance through this pandemic. Your best defense is to make sure you and your family are vaccinated. Look for further updates as VCU Health CMH continues to make progress in the fight against COVID.

VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital Names New Nurse Manager of Acute Care and ICU

South Hill, VA (7/22/21) – David Matthews, MSN, RN, AMSN, CC, is the new Nurse Manager of Acute Care and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital (VCU Health CMH). He began his nursing career there while serving in the Army National Guard 25 years ago. David has more than 10 years of nursing leadership experience and clinical experience in multiple specialties including Medical-Surgical, Telemetry, ICU, Ambulatory Surgical Services, and Physician Practices. He has a Master of Science in Nursing specializing in Executive Leadership and he is board certified in Medical-Surgical Nursing.

Currently, David is an RN Clinical Coordinator in the C.A.R.E. Building. He splits supervision of all VCU Health CMH clinics with another coordinator. He facilitates a committee that focuses on keeping heart and stroke patients well with the goal of reducing readmissions. He continues to educate himself at every opportunity, most recently taking a course in wound, ostomy and continence care.

“My advice for nurses is to always look for opportunities to learn something,” he said. “Learning should be a lifelong adventure. Always look for ways to improve your communication skills and techniques.”

David is looking forward to the new management position and making an impact on patient improvement scores.

“I’m a big believer in patient satisfaction, safety of our patients and staff, quality assurance, and exceeding benchmarks,” he explained. “There is nothing better than seeing the sickest of patients get better right in front of your eyes and return home.”

The transition will be a challenge and he’ll need time to get to know everyone. He’ll start by learning the day-to-day operations and patient flow in the ICU and the Medical Surgical floors at VCU Health CMH.

“Nurses are known for taking great care of others but don’t take care of themselves,” David said. “I try to manage stress by taking a walk every day after lunch.”

“We are excited to have David returning to the inpatient setting as the Nurse Manager of Acute Care and ICU,” said Janet Kaiser, Senior Director of Patient Care Services. “His extensive nursing and leadership experience, along with his passion for high quality patient care will be beneficial in driving our success towards improved patient outcomes in our community.”

A native of Brunswick County, David currently resides in Bracey. He is married to an RN at Massey Cancer Center. They have a 16-year-old daughter, a dog and a cat. He enjoys cruising (when not in a pandemic), landscaping and gardening. He is an avid fisherman and has a boat he likes to take out on Kerr Lake.

Allen Warren Thompson, Sr.

Visitation Services

Friday, July 23, 2021, from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Wrenn Clarke & Hagan Funeral Home

July 24, 2021, starting at 2:00 P.M.

Forest Hill Baptist Church, Saturday

Allen Warren Thompson, Sr., 69, passed away on July 21, 2021. Allen worked as a maintenance operator for the Virginia Department of Transportation for most of his life. He was the son of the late, Lonnie Columbus Thompson and Ruth Lowe Thompson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lonnie and Ruth Thompson, wife, Linda Beale Thompson, sister, Margie Lewis, nephew, Brent Anderson, niece, Sheila Lanier. He is survived by his son, Allen Warren Thompson, Jr. (Crystal) of Lexington, SC., step-son, Jason D. Rook (Rhonda) of Emporia, VA., sisters, Jane Thompson of Abbottsburry, Sue T. Galloway of Whiteville, NC., Nancy T. Mitchell (Larry) of Bladenboro, NC., Cathy T. Marlow of Lumberton, NC., brother-in-law, Livingston Lewis of Bladenboro, NC., grandchildren, Devin Thompson, Cassie Thompson, Joshua Rook, Emma Rook.

The family will receive friends at Wrenn Clarke & Hagan Funeral Home on Friday, July 23, 2021, from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

A funeral service will be held at Forest Hill Baptist Church, Saturday, July 24, 2021, starting at 2:00 P.M. with interment to follow at the church cemetery.

Online Condolences may be left at www.wrennclarkehagan.com

SVCC Announces 2021 Fall Semester Plans

Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) will continue with a full schedule of classes for the fall semester beginning August 23, 2021.  Social distancing restrictions and mask requirements are being lifted for vaccinated individuals, which is in line with the guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

While SVCC is not requiring students, faculty, or staff to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, the institution is strongly encouraging it. 

To give students more options, the college is again taking a “HyFlex” approach to course delivery.  This means class options (depending on the needs of each discipline) may include a mix of in-person instruction, expanded online offerings, and a “Zoom to Home” option.

According to Dr. Quentin R. Johnson, SVCC President, "As we are excited about having some restrictions lifted, we understand that the pandemic is not over; and that is why we are encouraging COVID-19 vaccinations.  The college has been open for limited in-person classes since last August, and now we are eager to welcome more students back on-campus."

The Café on both the Christanna campus in Alberta and the John H. Daniel campus in Keysville will also open back up for the fall semester.  As social distancing requirements are being lifted for vaccinated individuals, SVCC’s student resource centers will now allow more students to utilize the facilities on each campus.

Since the pandemic began in March of 2020, SVCC has complied with guidelines from the CDC for physical distancing, hygiene, and safety.  SVCC’s faculty, staff, & administration has worked diligently to keep its locations safely open for the needs of students; and that will continue.

Now is the time to picture yourself a panther at SVCC and start your educational journey; panther pride, catch it!

Registration for the 2021 fall semester is going on now; for more information, please visit southside.edu or call (434) 949-1000.

SENATORS INTRODUCE BICAMERAL, BIPARTISAN BILL TO HELP STUDENTS ‘REVERSE’ TRANSFER CREDITS FROM FOUR-YEAR UNIVERSITIES TO COMMUNITY COLLEGES

~ Legislation would make it easier to help students attain rightfully earned degrees or certification ~

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Mike Braun (R-IN) along with Sens. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to remove an unnecessary bureaucratic obstacle preventing many students from receiving the degree or certification they have rightfully earned. The Reverse Transfer Efficiency Act of 2021 would facilitate the “reverse transferring” of college credits – the process of transferring credits from a four-year institution to a two-year institution in which a student was previously enrolled to identify whether they earned enough credits along the way to receive a degree.

“This much-needed bill would help to eliminate an unnecessary hurdle for students who’ve worked hard and paid for their studies,” said Sen. Warner. “In a competitive job market, this bipartisan bill will help more Americans claim the degree or credentials that they have rightfully earned.”

“A four year college is not the only path to prosperity in this country, and community colleges are a vital and economical part of our education system. Removing needless roadblocks on the path to attaining a degree from these institutions is overdue.  I’m happy to join this measure to allow students to get associates degrees and certifications they’ve earned,” said Sen. Braun.

“Our education system has to support different paths to a successful career,” said Sen. Hickenlooper. “Many students who graduate high school never get a four year degree. Making it easier to recognize the work students have already done is a no-brainer.”

Companion legislation has also been introduced in the House of Representatives by Reps. Joe Neguse (D-CO), Rep. John Curtis (R-UT), and Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX).

“We must ensure every student is provided a pathway to education that fits their goals and career path,” said Rep. Neguse. “This legislation ensures that students can receive credit and earn an associate’s degree or short-term certificate regardless of where they completed their coursework, breaking down barriers for better paying jobs for students who are unable to finish at a four-year institution. Reverse transfer will be a meaningful step for millions of students to increase college affordability and access.”

“I am pleased to join Representative Neguse in introducing the Reverse Transfer Efficiency Act. Utah is home to great schools with many students who begin their education at a community college and finish at a university,” said Rep. Curtis. “This bill will improve data sharing between higher education institutions by allowing a student to continue earning credits towards an Associate’s degree at community college, even after transferring to a university, boosting student earning potential and student retention.”

“There is no single or correct path to higher education,” said Rep. Castro. “As students face increasing tuition costs and student loan debt, it is clear that many students are starting their post-secondary academic goals at community colleges. In my district, Alamo Colleges is the largest provider of higher education in South Texas and proves that two-year programs are critical in preparing students for success beyond their hallways. The Reverse Transfer Efficiency Act will allow these students to easily transition to four-year universities, like the University of Texas at San Antonio in my district, with an associate’s degree as well as the skillset to finish their studies and successfully enter the workforce.”

The National Student Clearinghouse, an educational nonprofit that verifies enrollment data, has identified over four million individuals that have completed enough credit hours at a four-year institution to be eligible for an associate’s degree, but instead withdrew without a degree or certificate. Facilitating the practice of reverse transfer would ease students’ access to credentials they have already earned and better provide for the demands of the future economy.

The Reverse Transfer Efficiency Act of 2021 would amend the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to create a new exemption for the sharing of student education records between higher education institutions. The bill would also allow for the sharing of credit data between post-secondary institutions for the sole purpose of determining whether a student earned an associate’s degree or certificate during the course of their studies. Currently, FERPA requires students to give their institutions proactive permission to determine whether they have earned enough credits to be awarded a degree or certificate. 

The Reverse Transfer Efficiency Act of 2021 has the support of numerous organizations, including the Virginia Community College System, American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers, American Association of Community Colleges, and Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, among others. For a complete list, click here.

“AACRAO believes this legislation is an important step that will enable institutions to increase educational attainment, and ultimately salaries, for millions of in individuals,” said Melanie Gottlieb, Interim Executive Director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (AACRAO). “The additional FERPA exception proposed represents a responsible means of sharing student information between a student's 4-year and 2-year institutions in a way that both protects student privacy and supports the completion agenda.”

“Virginia’s community colleges prepare students for in-demand jobs that respond to the marketplace and employers,” said Glenn DuBois, Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System. “The Reverse Transfer Act is a welcome approach that will benefit students from every race, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic group. Communication will be facilitated, obstacles removed, and processes improved between community colleges and four-year institutions. I applaud Senator Warner and Senator Braun for their bipartisan approach in working across the aisle to advance this legislation that will increase affordability, accelerate degree completion, and lead students to upward mobility.”

“Too many struggling students leave universities burdened with debt and without degrees: disproportionately, they are low-income and students of color. Yet, many have enough credits to earn a career pathway certificate or an associate’s degree at NOVA. Unfortunately, there is no ‘reverse transfer’ system that makes it possible to turn these hard-earned credits into valuable college credentials. Senator Warner’s ‘reverse transfer’ proposal would be transformational. Students could earn degrees and certificates, opening the door to high-demand, sustaining wage careers that would secure their financial futures and grow the high-skilled workforce. It’s a true win-win,” said Anne M. Kress, PhD, President of Northern Virginia Community College.

“Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia enthusiastically endorses the proposed ‘Reverse Transfer Efficiency Act.’ This act will allow students to easily earn degrees and other credentials at community colleges by transferring credits earned at four-year institutions. Earning additional credentials will make the individuals more competitive in the modern workforce,” said Dr. John A. Downey, President of Blue Ridge Community College. “Many students currently transfer to four-year institutions without completing their associate degrees or certificates. Offering a reverse transfer option will encourage those students to become graduates of their community college. Completion will show employers that these students are lifelong learners who continue to improve their education. BRCC encourages all parties to support this important piece of legislation to improve our workforce.”

“Virginia Western Community College is delighted to support the bipartisan Reverse Transfer Efficiency Act to help students achieve their goals of a college degree through reverse transfer. This bill removes the roadblocks that deter students from pursuing reverse transfer and will help colleges make the process of credential attainment more accessible. Additionally, this bill  will benefit students, employers, and our communities by helping students realize the credentials needed for employment,” said Dr. Robert Sandel, President of Virginia Western Community College.

A copy of the bill text is available here.

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services Elects Officers & Directors

Jackson-Feild is pleased to announce that the following officers have been re-elected to serve two-year terms:  T. Darnley Adamson, III,  Robert B. Wynne – Co Chairs, William H. Poarch- Vice-Chair, Beverley A. Coleman- Secretary, and John Mason Antrim – Treasurer.

Adamson, Co-Chair, is the owner of Green Solutions Virginia and has extensive experience in the insurance and real estate fields. Wynne, Co-Chair, is an associate with McGuire Woods in the employee benefits and executive compensation group. Poarch, Vice-Chair, is a retired Navy aviator and airline pilot. Coleman, Secretary, is retired after a career business development at the state and local government levels. Antrim, Treasurer, is newly elected to the Board. He is the retired President, CEO and COO of the Middleburg Financial and Trust Company.

Re-elected to serve two-year terms were Steven Riethmiller, a retired Virginia Military Institute professor of chemistry; Anne W. Hill, an attorney with Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company; and Leslie W. Rose, III, a physician with James River Primary Care in Richmond.

Jackson-Feild is pleased to continue its relationship with the re-elected members, and welcomes Mr. Antrim as a new member of the board.

Jackson-Feild looks forward to their leadership and support as it continues its mission to provide high quality evidence-based psychiatric, residential, educational and recovery treatment services for children who suffer from severe emotional trauma and mental illness.        

Greensville County Public Schools Summer Feeding Program Schedule

 

Greensville County Public Schools is participating in the 2021 Summer Food Service Program.  Meals will be provided to all children without charge.  Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, political affiliation, or against otherwise qualified persons with disabilities, andthere will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. 

Meals will be provided, at a first come, first serve basis at the sites and times as follows:

                        Location                                                          Days of Service

Greensville Elementary School

1011 Sussex Drive, Emporia, VA 23847

July 6 –July 29 Monday – Thursday

Breakfast 8 am– 8:30 am; Lunch 10:35 am–12:00 pm

E W Wyatt Middle School

206 Slagle’s Lake Road, Emporia, VA 23847

July 6 –July 29 Monday – Thursday

Breakfast 9 am-9:30 am; Lunch 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Greensville County High School

403 Harding Street, Emporia, VA 23847

June 28 –July 22 Monday – Thursday

Breakfast 9 am–9:15 am; Lunch 11:15 am – 12:05 pm

Care Kids

345 Halifax Street, Emporia, VA 23847

June 28 –July 29 Monday – Thursday

Lunch 12:00 pm  – 12:30 pm

June 28 –August 27 Monday – Friday

Snack 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Reese Village Apartments

311 Bond Court, Emporia, VA 23847

July 6-August 26 Monday - Thursday

Snack 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Top Hand Foundation

206 W Atlantic Street, Emporia, VA 23847

June 21 –August 12 Monday – Thursday

Breakfast 9 am–9:30 am; Snack 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Weaver Manor

216 Meherrin Lane, Emporia, VA 23847

July 6-August 26 Monday - Thursday

Snack 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

There will be no bus delivery for summer meals. Families are encouraged to visit a school site for meals.

All sites will be closed July 5, 2021.

For more information about Summer Meals, please contact MaRendia Garner at 434-634-2863.

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded byUSDA.

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McEachin Invites VA-04 Students to Compete in Congressional App Challenge

Richmond, VA – Today, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) announced the start of the 2021 Congressional App Challenge for all middle and high school students in Virginia’s Fourth Congressional District.

The annual competition challenges students to create an original software application. The winner will be eligible to have their app displayed in the U.S. Capitol, featured on the U.S. House of Representatives website, and will be invited to attend the #HouseofCode Capitol Hill reception.

“The annual Congressional App Challenge is an exciting chance for students to harness their STEM-related knowledge and potentially develop the next best app. I have been so impressed with previous competitors’ creativity and command of coding software,” said Rep. McEachin (VA-04). “Computer science is a burgeoning industry and continues to present new career opportunities. I encourage all eligible students to enter this year’s competition, and I look forward to seeing your innovative apps.”

The Congressional App Challenge is an opportunity for students to compete against their peers and test their abilities in coding and computer science. The competition provides students with the chance to hone their skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines and begin exploring new industries and potential future career paths.

The Congressional App Challenge is open to all students who reside in or attend school in the Fourth Congressional District. Students may begin pre-registering for the event today on the Congressional App Challenge website. Official launch of the competition begins on June 24th. The deadline to submit an app is November 1st.

More information on the Congressional App Challenge is available on Rep. McEachin’s website.

Governor Northam Urges Virginians to Prepare Now for 2021 Hurricane Season

Early predictions indicate active, above-normal Atlantic hurricane season

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam is calling on all Virginians to prepare now for the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, which starts June 1 and lasts through November 30. The beginning of hurricane season is the ideal time for Virginians learn their risk for inland or coastal flooding, find out which evacuation zone they are in, and develop an emergency plan for their families or businesses.

“Hurricanes and tropical storms can have devastating impacts on every part of our Commonwealth, not just coastal communities,” said Governor Northam. “As the 2021 hurricane season begins, now is the time for all Virginians to prepare for a potential storm by checking your insurance coverage, making an emergency plan, and having a disaster kit ready.”

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center predicts an above-normal 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, with a 70 percent likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms of which 6 to 10 could become hurricanes, including 3 to 5 major hurricanes. The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season had a record-breaking 30 named tropical storms, including 13 hurricanes and 6 major hurricanes. Virginia has been prone to many impacts from tropical systems including damaging winds, flooding, and tornadoes. Even storms that start in the lower Atlantic states have the potential to cause significant damage.

“Hurricane preparedness is even more important today, as we have seen an increase in the number and intensity of storms in recent years,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian J. Moran. “Together with all of our emergency management and public safety partners across the Commonwealth, we have spent months preparing for hurricane season, and we encourage Virginians to make plans to protect their families and property.”

Virginians are encouraged to review the Virginia Hurricane Evacuation Guide During the COVID-19 Pandemic, which includes information on preparedness, response, and recovery activities in the event of tropical weather, particularly for coastal evacuation areas of the Commonwealth. This year’s guide includes pandemic considerations, recognizing that COVID-19 is still circulating and there are still many unvaccinated individuals, including younger Virginians.

“Disasters and emergencies don’t affect everyone equally and we know that low-income and disadvantaged communities are disproportionately impacted,” said Curtis Brown, State Coordinator at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. “We have made significant progress building equity into Virginia’s emergency management programs and will continue working to support at-risk populations well in advance of any event.”

Before peak storm season gets underway, all Virginians and those visiting the Commonwealth are encouraged to prepare by knowing your risk, purchasing flood insurance or reviewing your policy, and create an emergency plan that includes arrangements for your pets. Learn what to do to protect yourself, your loved ones, your property, and your community by taking these steps:

  • Know your zone. Evacuation may become necessary depending on the track and severity of the storm. Review Virginia’s evacuation zones at KnowYourZoneVA.org. It is important to note that the zone colors have been updated. Users can enter their physical address in the search bar of the website to view and confirm their designated evacuation zone.
  • Complete a family communication plan. Prepare for how you will assemble and communicate with your family and loved ones. Identify meeting locations and anticipate where you will go. Federal Emergency Management Agency guidance on family communications plans is available here.
  • Check your insurance coverage. Remember, there may be a waiting period for a flood insurance policy to become effective, and be aware that not all hurricane-related losses, such as flooding, are covered under traditional policies. Now is the time to review your coverage and contact your insurance agent for any changes. If you are not insured against floods, talk to your insurance agent or visit floodsmart.gov. If you are a renter, now is the time to ensure you have adequate coverage to protect your belongings.
  • Make an emergency kit. Assemble an emergency kit that includes nonperishable food, water, medication, sanitary supplies, radios, extra batteries, and important documents. Learn more about building an emergency supply kit here.
  • Stay informed. Identify where to go for trusted sources of information during emergencies. Check with your local emergency management office to sign up for alerts that go directly to your phone or email. Be sure to monitor local news for watches and warnings in your area and follow directions of local officials. Power outages are always a concern during weather events—make sure you have a battery-operated radio available so you can still receive life-saving alerts.

There are many resources available to assist with hurricane planning efforts. Learn more about preparing your business, your family, and your property against hurricane threats at vaemergency.gov/hurricanes and ready.gov/hurricanes. Additional information about preparing for hurricanes during the COVID-19 pandemic can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

 

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