Virginia Western’s Community College Access Program (CCAP) is making college possible, tuition-free, this fall for 494 recent graduates of Roanoke Valley high schools. That number represents a 12 percent increase from the prior academic year’s enrollment. The number of first-year students alone jumped up 13 percent.
“We have always believed CCAP offers an incredible value for our students, with quality instruction and an affordable path to transferring to a four-year school,” said Neil D. Wilkin Jr., chair of the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation. “When the COVID crisis hit, we responded by reaching out even more to applicants. We are heartened to see so many respond and take advantage of this program.”
CCAP provides up to three years of tuition for high school graduates who meet program requirements, as funding allows. Since 2008, more than 3,100 Roanoke Valley students have participated in the program.
The Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation, a nonprofit affiliated with Virginia Western Community College, raises support for CCAP through a public/private funding partnership.
The 2021 CCAP application period opened Oct. 1 and closes Feb. 1, 2021. Families interested in learning more about CCAP are invited to attend upcoming ZOOM information sessions, scheduled for midday and evening times through January. Registration is required at virginiawestern.edu/CCAP.
They also can sign up for important CCAP updates about application deadlines, financial aid workshops and more by texting “CCAP2021” to 31996. (Reply STOP to cancel, HELP for help; message and data rates apply.)
CCAP recipients from Botetourt County for 2020-21 are:
• FIRST YEAR
Austin Allen, Caylie Allen, Brenna Alls, Isaac Brooks, Zeniyah Brown, Destiny Cash, Jonathan Church, Joseph Desai, Tia Franson, Kiah Hall, Steven Harris, Christina Hensley, John Hurley, Samuel Jamison, Heather Johnson, Aleah Johnston, Coby Kingery, Zander LeNoir, Jessica Link, Andrew Lucas, Peter Middleton, Kendra Puckett, Sierra Ray, Dakota Sparks, Jeb Thompson, Caleb Van Buren, Hannah Williams and Kelsey Williamson
• SECOND YEAR
Samantha Aldrich, Emily Bruno, Caitlin Campbell, Brody Cook, Craig Farmer, Jonathan Girard, Ashton Huddleston, Aimee Lowe, Trinity Martin, Randall McGee, Zachary Noel, Erin Peery, Jessica Rocha, Ariana Rochay, Hunter Williams and Caroline Wilson
• THIRD YEAR
Eric Filer, Kyle Hayslett, Aaron King, William McAllister, Daniel Peters and Riley Sartorius