Spotlighted below is the latest from CCWC.


Also check out the following latest news from CCWC's three partner colleges of Paul D. Camp Community College, Thomas Nelson Community College (becoming Virginia Peninsula Community College), and Tidewater Community College, as well as the Virginia Community College System.

Men’s, Women’s Basketball Seasons Over

Feb 26, 2024
The Virginia Peninsula Community College men’s and women’s basketball teams suffered losses two days apart, ending their respective seasons. The men’s season wrapped up with an 84-77 loss to Mountain Gateway Community College in the quarterfinals of the Region X tournament Feb. 25-28 at Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, N.C. The Gators (7-14), who earned the fifth seed in the tournament, led 48-46 at halftime but couldn’t hang on. The fourth...

Mystery Writer, Llama Enthusiast Got Start at VPCC

Feb 23, 2024
When Debra Gaskill wrapped up her journalism career in 2016, she wasn’t done writing. She has loved the craft since childhood. Gaskill enjoyed a rewarding career with stints at several newspapers in her native Ohio and periodic Associated Press assignments. She ultimately became managing editor at the Record-Herald in Washington Court House, Ohio, and the newspaper earned two Associated Press General Excellence awards during her tenure. Taking her talent in another direction made...

Baseball Team Earns Sweep

Feb 22, 2024
The Virginia Peninsula Community College baseball team swept a doubleheader from Monroe College of the Bronx on Sunday, Feb. 18, to run its winning streak to three games. The previous day, the Gators lost 19-15 to Owens Community College before defeating Monroe 13-6. In Saturday’s first game, Caleb Gonzales led the Gators’ offense, going 3 for 3 with a pair of two-run doubles. Jayden Alvarez had three hits and four RBIs, Austin Smith two hits and three RBIs, and Isaiah...

Ballroom Dance Team Shines At Event

Feb 19, 2024
Pam Roberts is taking extra care in preparing the Virginia Peninsula Community College ballroom dance team for its most prestigious event of the season, BAM Jam. “That’s a really big one to end on,” Roberts said of the national competition at the University of Maryland on March 30. With just one dancer returning from last year’s team, the squad doesn’t have much experience. Roberts targeted the Carolina DanceSport Open at North Carolina State...

College Receives $99,000 From Sentara Health

Feb 14, 2024
Virginia Peninsula Community College is pleased to announce a generous contribution of $99,000 from Sentara Health to assist with providing affordable education in health-related fields. The donation from Sentara will be utilized by VPCC to establish the Gators Finish and Forward initiative, the goal of which is to help low socioeconomic students overcome barriers to social mobility in order to achieve academic and career success. “This generous gift from Sentara will directly...

Women's Basketball Wins Home Finale

Feb 12, 2024
Virginia Peninsula Community College’s women’s basketball team made its final home game of the season a memorable one. Zariia America capped a 28-point performance by sinking one of two free throws with .4 seconds left to give the Gators a 74-73 victory over Patrick & Henry Community College on Saturday, Feb. 10 at Warwick High School. The Gators (5-4) are on a three-game winning streak with two games remaining: Feb. 14 at The Apprentice School, and Feb. 17 at Patrick...

Graduate Secure in His Targeted Education Choice

Feb 12, 2024
For Chris Stuart there is education, then there is targeted, tailored education. The latter was a perfect fit when a career opportunity prompted him to upgrade his skills.  In his first “real job,” fresh out of college, Stuart faced a daunting assignment as a project manager for Top Guard Security, overseeing the firm’s security program at Jefferson Lab in Newport News.  “I had a seven-and-a-half-inch contract file dropped on my desk,...

Mike Paris – Full Circle Community Impact and Inspiration

Feb 7, 2024
Before Mike Paris became the bureau manager for the city of Norfolk’s Economic Development Department, he was earning his associate in general studies from Tidewater Community College. Originally from Massachusetts, Paris was unsure what his future career would entail but was advised the degree would transfer well to any four-year program he pursued in the […] The post Mike Paris – Full Circle Community Impact and Inspiration appeared first on TCC Today.

Baseball Opens Season With DH Loss

Feb 5, 2024
The Virginia Peninsula Community College baseball team kicked off its season Sunday, Feb. 4, at home, dropping a doubleheader to Allegany College of Maryland. In the opening game, the Gators were down just two runs after five innings but gave up eight runs in the final two innings and lost 11-3. Tyler Stobbs had three hits, including a double, for the Gators, and Jayden Alvarez added two hits. Neo Klemish drove in two runs with a home run. Logan Contreraz started on the mound and went 3 1/3...

Kent is Navigating Success with VPCC as a Steppingstone

Feb 2, 2024
Christian Kent made his way from Virginia Peninsula Community College to the corporate track. The foundation was laid when he received an associate of science degree in business administration in 2016. “I aimed for a degree that would provide me with a broad skill set applicable in diverse professional landscapes,” he said. Kent enrolled at the VPCC in 2011, and majoring in business has served him well. He is now flourishing at Chesapeake Bank, where he has been a systems...

Baseball Season Starts Feb. 4

Jan 29, 2024
Virginia Peninsula Community College baseball coach Shane Harrison knows what it will take for a successful 2024 season. “Make the routine plays routine. Don’t overcomplicate everything. Just play the game,” he said. “If everybody does their job on the field, nothing can go wrong. It’s all about relying on each other.” The games start Sunday, Feb. 4, with a doubleheader against Allegheny Community College (Pa.) at Heritage High...

VPCC, CNU Bringing Together Academics, Athletics For Historic Agreement

Jan 26, 2024
Academics and athletics often are intertwined on American college campuses, including Virginia Peninsula Community College and Christopher Newport University. On Feb. 3, the two will become more so. That is when Dr. Towuanna Porter Brannon, VPCC’s president, and William Kelly, CNU’s president, will sign into a historic academic agreement. Called the Bridge Program, it is a reimaging of VPCC’s transfer articulation agreements with four-year colleges and...

Camp Community College launches Encore55+ Program

Jan 24, 2024
Camp Community College’s Regional Workforce Development Center is launching a new program geared toward the 55+ population called Encore55+. According to Dr. Carletta Artis, who will run the program, Encore is a program that was run by Camp’s WDC for a number of years, but was discontinued around the time COVID struck. “Encore55+ is not new, but we want to rejuvenate the energy of the program. The program is still meant for individuals who are 55 and older, but we are also open to supporting other individuals near that range, Dr. Artis said.

Alum's Leap from STEM to Law Was Fate

Jan 22, 2024
When it comes to achievement, Michael A. Harris has not missed a beat while following his dreams. His unconventional journey includes military service, a turn as a professional musician, and an engineering career spanning more than a decade. On top of those wide-ranging pursuits, political science and government are also among his interests. Seeking to become versed in both areas, he turned to Virginia Peninsula Community College several years ago while working in his field. ...

Men’s Basketball Falls to Camp

Jan 22, 2024
The Virginia Peninsula Community College men’s basketball team lost 77-63 at Paul D. Camp Community College on Wednesday, Jan. 17. The Gators (5-9) were coming off an 86-75 win over Emory Oxford College on Jan. 14. Changes have been made to the schedule. The game originally set for Saturday, Jan. 27, at Patrick & Henry has been moved to Saturday, Feb. 17. Instead, the Gators will play at Washington Adventist University on Jan. 27. They return home Feb. 3 facing Mountain Gateway....

Faculty Colloquium Offers Insight

Jan 19, 2024
Virginia Peninsula Community College held its first in-person faculty colloquium in four years, and it was quite successful. “We saw a lot of good, we saw a lot of faces, and there was lots of really productive discussion,” said Lynsey LeMay, a geology professor and coordinator for the Center for Teaching and Learning, which organized the event. “I haven’t done a formal evaluation, but just hearing feedback and people sharing with me, they found a lot...

America Shining On Basketball Court

Jan 18, 2024
Basketball runs deep in Zariia America’s family. Her father, who is a big fan of the late Kobe Bryant, played in high school, college and on an Air Force team. Her mother played in high school. Her brother, Kobe, was named after Bryant, and plays for Warhill High School. Zariia (pronounced Zar-e-uh), whose favorite player is Bryant, is making a name for herself in her first year on the Virginia Peninsula Community College women’s basketball team. She’s the...

Sports Update

Jan 16, 2024
The Virginia Peninsula Community College men’s basketball team snapped a seven-game losing streak with an 86-75 victory over Emory Oxford College on Sunday, Jan. 14. It came one day after a 104-72 loss to Sandhills Community College. Both games were played at the Sandhills campus in Pinehurst, N.C. Against Emory Oxford, the Gators took a 42-35 halftime lead. The advantage dropped to one point before the Gators went on a run to go up by 21. Jaylin Davis led the way with 20 points....

VPCC’s Thomas Goes From Interim Coach to Head Coach

Jan 12, 2024
Virginia Peninsula Community College turned to a longtime and well-known Hampton Roads coach, Tommy Thomas, to lead its women’s volleyball program, naming him the head coach. Thomas was the interim coach for the fall 2023 season. He led the Gators to a 3-4 record and a third-place finish in the New South Athletic Conference Invitational in the second year of the program. “It’s a new adventure. My first college position,” Thomas said. Thomas led...