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On March 11, Virginia’s Community Colleges (VCCS) unveiled a new online tool for career and higher education planning: the Virginia Education Wizard,  (www.vawizard.org) a one-stop, online resource that brings together information about careers, curriculum and financial assistance.

Users can visit the Wizard to get tailored information about where they are in their career journey and create a path that will get them to future goals:
• Prospective students can identify career paths; curriculum choices, including potential transfers to four-year institutions; and financial assistance.
• Current students can track their current job credentials or associate’s degree paths and plan for transfers to complete bachelor’s degrees.
• Experienced workers can explore new careers, and learn about required education or certification tools, and enroll in Virginia’s Community Colleges.

First-time users build a personal profile that enables them to build a tailored experience, based on their career interests or selected degree programs.

For more information on the Virginia Wizard, view the factsheet or  visit the VCCS website.

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Carol Larson

Our latest edition of Secrets from the Inside features Carol D. Larson, Financial Aid Director at Piedmont Virginia Community College.

What do you think is the most exciting or attractive feature of your institution?
Our location, on top of a hill close to Monticello.

What is the single most important piece of financial aid information you think students should know?
File your FAFSA even if you think you don’t qualify for anything.

What is the most common financial aid mistake you see, and how can students and their families keep from falling into that trap?
Not filing in a timely manner or not filing at all.  File early so you know how much aid you may receive.

What is your favorite cartoon character and why?
Winnie the Pooh because he is kid friendly, kind, timeless, and loveable.

Are you interested in featuring a member of your financial aid staff on this blog? Contact us and let us know.

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