With this campaign, we seek to leverage $50 million in donor investments to create a financial foundation that will expand the life-changing impacts of Virginia’s Community Colleges.

Program Accelerator Fund
($15 million)

Provides start-up funds for the development and deployment of new workforce readiness programs, associate degree programs, existing program upgrades for high-need jobs, and venture capital for workforce readiness certification, and degrees.

Ebonee, family therapist
Piedmont Virginia Community College

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Signature Programs ($15 million)

The Foundation funds innovative programs that improve economic and social mobility by bridging the access and affordability gap between high school and college among at-risk populations. These programs include:

$10 million, which funds annual operations for coaches, student emergency funds, leadership development opportunities, and endowment building in support of foster youth in Virginia.

$2 million, which funds coaches, student incentives and scholarships, and support for a director for recruitment who resides in rural Virginia.

$3 million, which makes college affordable for students from lower-income families. These opportunities include:
• Veterans’ Last Dollar Fund
• Named Corporate Fellows Program
• Student emergency funds

Signature Program: Great Expectations

Connecting Foster Youth with College Success

Every student deserves a bright future. In Virginia, thousands of students who have experienced foster care find success through a Great Expectations program at one of Virginia’s Community Colleges. From selecting a school to securing financial aid to coaching students into adulthood, Great Expectations helps thousands of young Virginians transition out of foster care.

Jeremy, welder
Piedmont Virginia Community College


> Visit GE’s official website
> 2015 GE Video

Signature Program: Rural VA Horseshoe Initiative

One course, One Virginia

In Virginia’s “rural horseshoe,” high school too often marks the end of the educational line, resulting in a lifetime of reduced opportunities that ripple across generations.

The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education has launched the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative to transform Virginia’s rural communities through higher education and 21st century job skills.

Trevor, power line worker
Southside Virginia Community College


> 2015 Case for Support
> RVHI Lineman Video
> Virginia’s First Line Worker Program at SVCC

Signature Program: Scholarships and Fellowships

Scholarships and Fellowships

Visit vccs.edu for current Scholarships and Fellowships.

Veterans’ Last Dollar Fund
Help Veteran’s transition to civilian life.
Named Corporate Giving
Give a Scholarship in your company’s name.
Student Emergency Fund
Learn how to help students.

EquipVA Scholarship Fund

Workforce Training program led by Karen and Steve Barrs to create scholarship opportunities for VA’s community college students. We invite you to partner with us so students may pursue a short-term tranining program, which will lead to career and job growth.

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Equip Virginia Fund
Workforce training scholarship program.

Student Success Fund
($10 million)

Students from underprepared populations often struggle to make the transition from college to career. The Foundation funds essential support services that help students master the skills necessary to getting and keeping a good job, such as resume writing and interviewing, financial literacy, nutrition, healthy relationships, continuing education, and training information.

Tina went back to school for a degree in respiratory therapy thanks to support from the Foundation.

2017-2018 Potomac Health Foundation Fellow

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Foundation Endowment
($10 million)

The Foundation works with donors to establish dedicated funds in support of community college programs that align with individual philanthropic priorities. Named gift opportunities or endowment funds are established on behalf of the Foundation, which then uses the earnings to fund its operations in perpetuity.

Huntington Ingalls Industries has committed a challenge grant to the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education, matching dollar-for-dollar the investments of other leading businesses. As the supporting arm of Virginia’s Community Colleges, the VFCCE must move aggressively to meet rapidly evolving workforce needs. The goal is to strengthen the fundraising capacity of the Foundation, expand the operational infrastructure, and increase private philanthropy.

C. Michael Petters,
President and CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries

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