Great Expectations is a statewide initiative that helps current and former foster youth gain access to a community college education and transition successfully from the foster care system to living independently.

Individual Support

MECC has a Great Expectations Coordinator that works individually with each student, providing support such as:

  • Individualized tutoring
  • Help applying for admission and financial aid
  • Career exploration and coaching
  • Help applying for and keeping a job
  • Life skills training
  • Personalized mentoring

Group Activities

In addition to individual support, Great Expectations students have the opportunity to participate in various group activities and outings throughout the year. In the past, MECC Great Expectations students traveled to Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Williamsburg, the Bristol Speedway in Tennessee, and other destinations.


Great Expectations students attended the VCCS Leadership Conference in Virginia Beach, VA in November 2016


Great Expectations students took a trip to see the Christmas lights at the Bristol Speedway in December 2016


Great Expectations students also receive incentives for participating in the activities sponsored by the program. These can range from gas cards to alleviate transportation issues to door prizes at some events.


If you are interesting in attending MECC and joining the Great Expectations Program, click here to view the application. A completed application may be sent to the Great Expectations Coordinator, Kari Paschetto. A meeting with the coordinator is also highly recommended for new students.

Learn More

If you would like to learn more about Great Expectations please contact Kari Paschetto, MECC’s Great Expectations Coordinator, at 276.523.2400 ext. 422.