Bank of America awarded the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation a $5,000 grant in support of the Community College Access Program, the college announced in a press release Tuesday. The Community College Access Program provides two years of tuition-free education to high school graduates from Botetourt, Craig, Franklin and Roanoke counties and Roanoke and Salem cities.
The grant will create an emergency fund to help Community College Access Program students remain in college.
Below is a press release from Virginia Western Community College.
Roanoke — Bank of America awarded the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation $5,000 to support the Community College Access Program (CCAP), which provides tuition-free education to qualifying high school graduates from Botetourt, Craig, Franklin and Roanoke counties and Roanoke and Salem cities. This gift will create an emergency fund designed to help CCAP student overcome financial hardships and remain in college.
“Bank of America is committed to supporting the demands of workforce development in the Roanoke Valley,” said Vic Gilchrist, Bank of America Senior Vice President and Roanoke Market President. “CCAP and Virginia Western are critical to the education and training of our future employees, as students are able to access an affordable college education and gain the skills they need to succeed.”
Bank of America’s funding is aimed at creating impact by helping the unemployed and underserved, including young people, gain the training and educational opportunities that translate into employment and postsecondary success. Grant funding supports job-training programs such as community college access programs for middle- and high-school students, technical assistance and training for small businesses, and nonprofit programs that connect unemployed workers with available job opportunities.
CCAP is a series of public/private partnerships that allows graduating high school seniors to attend Virgina Western for two years tuition free. Participants must maintain a 2.5 or 2.0 GPA, as defined per locality, maintain full-time enrollment, and complete eight hours of service learning per year. CCAP supports as many students as possible based on financial need and available funds. The program was launched in 2008 with the pilot phase in Salem and expanded to Roanoke City in 2009 and Franklin County in 2011. With the onset of the fall semester, students from across the service region—including Botetourt, Craig, Franklin and Roanoke counties and Roanoke and Salem cites—will attend Virginia Western as part of the program. Applicants must have attended the high school in, and have been a resident of, the participating locality in which they are applying for at least two years prior to graduation.
“Through this grant, Bank of America is taking advantage of the unique opportunity to support local high school graduates by ensuring that finances are not a barrier to attaining a college education and workforce training,” said Dr. Robert H. Sandel, President Virginia Western Community College. “Bank of America is standing behind their commitment to ensure a highly trained and quality workforce for the entire Roanoke Valley and throughout Virginia.”