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College Pathway Initiatives

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College Pathway Initiatives are four specialized college access programs at NOVA that collectively support more than 10,000 students of all ages across Northern Virginia.

These four initiatives work collaboratively to provide a network of student support services that are designed to address common barriers to higher education and to increase academic success and college completion for underrepresented student populations.

Pathway to the Baccalaureate

Pathway to the Baccalaureate is a highly successful, award-winning initiative that addresses barriers to college access, success and completion for thousands of at-risk students in Northern Virginia through an effective collaboration among K-12, community college and university partners.

Great Expectations

Great Expectations helps young adults, affiliated with the Virginia Foster Care System, transition in to college. More than 500 children in the Virginia Foster Care System age out each year. Without social or family support, foster care children experience significant challenges living on their own. However, with access to education, foster care youth can find satisfying and well-paying jobs.

Pathway Connection

The Pathway Connection Program is a pilot college/career readiness program for high school sophomores and juniors in selected high schools in Fairfax County (FCPS) and Arlington County (APS).

Elevating Parents in College (EPIC)

Elevating Parents in College (EPIC) is designed to create a college-going mindset within families, and at partner sites. EPIC focuses on lower-income families, and engages two or more generations simultaneously through college awareness, readiness and success activities.