CVCC to Start Program to Help Foster Kids - - ABC13

CVCC to Start Program to Help Foster Kids


Reporter: Lauren Compton l Videographer: Ira Quillen

Lynchburg, VA-Statistics show teens in foster care are less likely to finish high school, let alone graduate from college. But, a Lynchburg community college is trying to help change that.

The Central Virginia Community College is introducing the Great Expectations Program. Already, 15 community colleges in the state do it. It helps foster children to apply for college and financial aid.

Coaches in the program will also mentor students in high school, and link students with job training.

"Here with Great Expectations we can step in help the foster parent, other organizations, and get them on track from high school on into transition them into college," said Melvin Paige, a coach for the program.

CVCC hopes to have students starting classes in this program next spring.

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