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Great Expectations is a student engagement program 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 access to support such as:

  • Help applying for admission and financial aid
  • Career exploration and coaching
  • Help applying for and keeping a job
  • Life skills training
  • Personalized mentoring
  • Assistance with application & testing fees
  • Emergency funds
  • Transportation assistance

Group Activities

In addition to individual support, Great Expectations students have the opportunity to participate in various group activities.


Great Expectations Biltmore Trip June 2019

MECC Great Expectations trip to Biltmore in June, 2019


Transportation Assistance

Great Expectations students can receive transportation assistance like bus passes or fuel cards.

Opportunities for Advocacy

As part of a nationally recognized program, Great Expectations students often have the opportunity to act as a voice for foster youth and advocate for change by participating in focus groups, research surveys, and presenting to legislators.

Laptop Lending Program

Great Expectations has laptops available for students to check out and use for homework and job searches. Contact the GE Coordinator for more information.

Learn More

If you would like to learn more about Great Expectations please call 276-523-9107 or


A: Generally, any student who has had experience with the foster system in any form (foster placement, kinship placement, group home experience, adoption, etc.) qualifies. You can always contact the GE Coordinator if you’re unsure.

A: Great Expectations is designed to provide support to help guide former foster youth through college. This support looks different for every student. Some students need help with job applications or career choices. Others need more immediate support like housing and food. The GE Coordinator works individually with each student to identify their needs and to come up with a plan to meet those needs together. Additionally, all GE students are encouraged to attend the monthly meetings and group activities, which often include life skills training or other informational components.

A: No, but it is recommended. We know that schedules can be difficult, and it is not a requirement to attend the meetings. However, students are encouraged to attend when they can, and incentives are provided.

A: Students who are a part of Great Expectations have access to resources that other students may not have access to and are eligible to attend group activities and outings. Even if you are unable to attend most of the group activities, being a part of GE means that in the case of an emergency, you are eligible to apply for assistance from the Emergency Fund.


Helpful Links

VCCS Great Expectations

VDSS Services for Older Youth

VA Wizard

Frontier Health (Behavioral Health Services)

People, Inc. (Youth Workforce Services)

RACE 1 (GED Acquisition)

VA Job Corps