Community College Program Gives Foster Youth The Tools To Succeed

ABINGDON, Va. — A growing program initiated more than 10 years ago at Virginia Highlands Community College is in the national spotlight for empowering foster youth to succeed academically.

Deborah Ledford, coach for Great Expectations at the community college, said she’s been contacted by higher education programs from as far away as California and Colorado since The Chronicle of Higher Education featured the Abingdon community college in an April 26 video titled “Foster Youth Face Extreme Barriers to College. Here’s One Program That’s Helping.”

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