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Posted on Tuesday, August 21, 2018

VCCS Great Expectations program wins national recognition

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Now entering its tenth year of helping young adults in Virginia make the transition from foster care to higher education and a successful life, the VCCS Great Expectations program has been honored by a national non-profit organization. The Aging Out Institute (AOI), based in Harrisburg, Pa., created its National Awards Program to identify and share best […]

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Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2018

VCCS Great Expectations program celebrates 10 years of growth and success

Posted By Jim Babb | 0 comments.

“Great Expectations advocated for my needs – emotional, financial and academic. And my program mentor is truly the reason I am still in school.” Ana Tello-Druan’s testimonial came during the milestone Tenth Anniversary graduation ceremony for Great Expectations students, held May 18 in Richmond. Tello-Duran is a former Great Expectations student at John Tyler Community […]

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Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Great Expectations Student Gets Serious About His Education and Helping Others

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David Mata of Glade Spring Virginia appreciates second chances, especially when it comes to the importance of his education. Hoping to earn an associate degree this spring at Virginia Highlands Community College (VHCC), Mata plans to enter the police academy or find employment in the security industry. “I initially started off in college right after high […]

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Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017

GE Students at JTCC Express Heartfelt Thanks on Valentine’s Day

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

They come from various backgrounds and ethnicities; a veritable rainbow of color and ambition. And now that they’ve aged out of foster care, they’re looking to make their own way. But, aging out of foster care is like stepping off a cliff – one day, your basic needs are covered and the next, you’re on […]

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Posted on Monday, May 23, 2016

Great Expectations Graduates Celebrate with Trip to Virginia Beach

Posted By Craig Butterworth | 0 comments.

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

Posted By Rachel Strawn | 0 comments.

“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-GE

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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Asien-Ta

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.

Gary-Hall

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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