Greetings from your VCCA President…

 I would like to take a moment to re-cap our wonderful 2016 VCCA Conference at Wintergreen! Our theme was “Communication:  It Can Move Mountains!!” Despite all the rain and fog we were able to enjoy many activities such as the adapted “Meet and Greet” at the Discovery Ridge where many tried to ride the mechanical bull…oh those muscles that we haven’t used in years! There were also video games, air hockey and some wonderful talented boot stompin music provided by the trio After Jack.

We enjoyed a welcome from Wintergreen Resort, opening words from Dr. John Downey, BRCC, President; A town hall meeting with Chancellor DuBois where we got an update on VCCS happenings; Commission Meetings; Concurrent sessions which covered a variety of topics such as “Making Friends with Stress”, “Motivation: Methods that Work”, “Why VGEA is Important to VA State Employees”, “Dealing with Difficult People”, and “VCCS Shared Services Center” were just a few great opportunities. Our closing speakers Dr. Dave Urso and Don Taylor had us out of our seats and giving first impressions of those we had not met before and comments for those we were familiar with. We had to work with our groups to give positives and negatives of the first person we came into contact with when entering into school and how that influenced our impression of the school or education in general.

Talk about fun, fun, fun the Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre and themed 1920’s attire! We had a photo booth which was provided by Wendi True and available for all to enjoy and enjoy we did!

Stephen Walker hosted the Excellence in Communications Awards and Showcase Awards where we recognized our colleagues work and value in their contributions to their colleges as well as the VCCS.

The Excellence in Education Award was received by Dwight Bowers of PHCC and Becca Linkswiler, DSLCC, was honored with the Lifetime Member Award.

Great Communication was had by all!!!


Our 2017 VCCA Conference will be held at the Wyndham VA Crossings Hotel and Conference Center, Glen Allen on Wednesday, September 27th - Friday, September 30th, 2017. We will be celebrating our 35th year and our theme is “Oh, The Places We Have Been” Share the Vision and Be Involved!

Looking forward to seeing you at the 35th Annual VCCA Conference,

Susan Simmers,

VCCA President