College students can spend more than $1000 each year on books and supplies. Virginia’s Community Colleges are addressing that burden by offering courses that don’t require pricey textbooks. The goal is to build entire degrees with zero textbook costs at each of the 23 colleges across the state. Catherine Komp reports for Virginia Currents.
Culpeper, Virginia is home to an extensive collection of America’s audio-visual heritage. The Library of Congress “Packard Campus” works to protect, restore and digitize millions of recordings. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp visited the site and brings you some of its aural history.
For more than three decades, a Virginia-based company has distributed rare varieties of vegetable, herb and flower seeds. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp visited Southern Exposure Seed Exchange to learn how their techniques can be used by home gardeners.
For the last ten weeks, Richmond teens have been taking part in an initiative called the Urban Archeology Corps. Part of the National Park System’s goals to increase diversity, the program is focusing on the history of Gravel Hill, a 18th Century community of free African Americans in Varina. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
This summer, college students are working in National Parks across the country as part of Mosaics in Science program. The two-year-old program aims to increase diversity in STEM fields and the Park system. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp has more from a Mosaics site in Shenandoah National Park.
This month marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the landmark law extending civil rights to millions of people across the country. Longtime disability rights advocate Jim Rothrock was at the signing ceremony. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp spoke to him about the impact of the ADA and the challenges that remain.
A new book, Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County, examines the history of the five-year long public school shutdown in rural Virginia.
A new community collaboration is responding to Virginia’s high rates of sending youth to the juvenile justice system. Calling the trends a “crisis,” the project combines art, education and legal advocacy to push for reform. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Richmond is one of five cities selected by the EPA for this year’s Greening America's Capitals program. The initiative develops solutions to improve air and water quality while also creating friendlier streets with social and economic benefits. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Learn More: Find out about the Greening America's Capitals program and what solutions other cities are implementing.
Residents of a North Richmond community are coming together to document and share the history of the neighborhood. “Battery Park Stories” seeks to honor the legacy of longtime residents and bring neighbors of different ages and races together. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.