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Posted on Monday, May 23, 2016

Great Expectations Graduates Celebrate with Trip to Virginia Beach

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For dozens of GE students from eleven of Virginia’s Community Colleges, a recent all-expenses-paid trip to Virginia Beach was much more than a well-deserved getaway. It was an attractive return on an investment made years ago; an investment in their own futures. And for some, it was the first time they had seen the Atlantic ocean. For three […]

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Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2016

Great Expectations Coaches Making an Impact

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“I didn’t have it bad, not like some of these kids. I had a Daddy, my momma was in jail. But then, one day, they come to me in high school and tell me that my Daddy is dead. That’s how I wound up in foster care.” James (not his real name) recounts his story […]

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Posted on Friday, June 26, 2015

Helping others fuels aspiring nurse

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LaRhonda didn’t have an easy start. She was adopted from foster care as an infant and then lost her adoptive parents within a few months of each other when she was just a teen.  However, her faith, her passion, and her dreams have sustained her, and she wants to use her gifts to help others. […]

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Posted on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Refugee-Turned-Foster Youth Leads Life of Service

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Asein Ta’s story, at first glance, feels almost typical. He excelled as a student leader in the Great Expectations program at John Tyler Community College, from which he graduated last spring. He’s transferring in the fall to Virginia Commonwealth University where he will study to become an elementary school educator and an English as a […]

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Posted on Monday, June 8, 2015

GE called one of top 10 foster youth programs nationally

Posted By Rachel Strawn | 0 comments.

Nationally Recognized Program Great Expectations was launched as a pilot program in the fall semester of 2008 at five community colleges: Danville, Germanna, J. Sargeant Reynolds, New River, and Southside. The program served 119 foster youth in its first academic year. Since that time, Great Expectations coaches have worked with over 3,000 students and the […]

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Posted on Thursday, June 4, 2015

Great Expectations Ignites Graduate’s Future

Posted By Susan Hayden | 0 comments.


Community colleges are often described as a launch pad, helping people ascend to heights beyond their dreams. Great Expectations graduate Gary Hall is the embodiment of that. Hall is spending the summer capping off an impressive academic career that includes a GPA of 3.958 and membership in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He is heading […]

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Posted on Thursday, May 28, 2015

Great Expectations Students Graduate with Big Plans Ahead

Posted By Amanda Christopher | 0 comments.

GE Graduation

Great Expectations Student Leaders pose with their certificates accompanied by Virginia’s Adoption Champion, Deb Johnston, keynote speaker Dr. Terry Morris of NASA, and Virginia’s Secretary of Education, the Honorable Anne Holton.   Thursday, May 21 was a day of celebration when Virginia’s Community Colleges graduated its 2015 Great Expectations students – a program that helps […]

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Posted on Thursday, January 8, 2015

GE Students Flock to Governor’s Mansion

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

Governor and GE students

At least three dozen Great Expectations students from a variety of Virginia’s Community Colleges paid a visit to the Governor’s Mansion recently. No one was asked to show their ID when they reached the door. These young men and women were invited guests of the state’s chief executive and Virginia’s First Lady. With their coaches […]

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