Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2019

College students transitioning from foster care got a helping hand in late April when VCCS system office employees gathered for what’s become an annual tradition: competitive cooking.

Homemade cupcakes and chili attracted hungry office workers, generating more than $4,400 for the Great Expectations program at John Tyler Community College.

The funds will provide school supplies and emergency aid to participating students, helping them attend college and navigate the often difficult waters from foster care to successful adulthood.

“The fundraiser provides necessary items to be successful in college, but it also shows students how working together towards a valuable goal can change the lives of others,” said Elizabeth McKey, Great Expectations program coach at JTCC.

“The time and generosity of so many people at JTCC, local businesses and the community help make Great Expectations a success for our students. It is also the students themselves who decide to work through obstacles and to utilize available resources. Their effort and motivation are essential to the success as well.”

Great Expectations participants from across the state will gather in Richmond later this month for networking and graduation ceremonies. The program, a signature initiative of the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education and Virginia’s Community Colleges, is entering its second decade of service helping foster youth achieve independence and become productive members of the community.

For more information about the Great Expectations program, click here.

jbabb@vccs.edu'

Jim Babb

Jim Babb works for Virginia's Community Colleges in the Office of Strategic Communications.

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