Last year, the Virginia Community College System approved a strategic plan for the 23 community colleges in the commonwealth.

That plan provided an overarching blueprint for achieving equity in access, learning outcomes and success for students from every race, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic group. Each college, including Southside Virginia Community College, was given individual responsibility for shaping a corresponding plan that would identify how it would meet objectives and goals within its own unique service area.

Johnson is president of Southside Virginia Community College. He can be reached via email at