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Great Expectations


What is the Great Expectations Program?

A bridge to college and a successful career!

The program provides financial resources and academic support for students affiliated with the Virginia Foster Care System. The transition from high school to the working world to college can be especially challenging for foster youth. Great Expectations provides support with navigating the college process.

Great Expectations focuses on the value of a college education as the best way to prepare for a career pathway and achieve independence.

What services are available through the program?
  • Assistance with choosing a major
  • Support throughout the financial aid process
  • Referrals to college and community resources
  • Monitoring of academic progress and assistance with accessing college support services
  • Access to professional one-on-one tutoring in English and Math
  • An assigned mentor who will provide one-on-one academic-and career-focused support
  • A Great Expectations Coach to help guide students through their academic journey
Who is eligible for the program?
  • Individuals between the ages of 17 and 24 who are or were affiliated with the Virginia Foster Care System and who are interested in attending John Tyler Community College
  • Youth adopted from the Virginia Foster Care System after the age of 13 or a special needs adoption
  • Students who enroll in a minimum of six credits per semester in an eligible major

How do I get more information?

Call Alison MacPhail at 804-594-1507 or e-mail amacphail@jtcc.edu.
Office hours vary. Please call to make an appointment.



Office Location:
JTCC Midlothian Campus – T Building, Room T115p
800 Charter Colony Parkway
Midlothian, VA 23114

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