Great Expectations

Great Expectations students meet with Governor Terry McAuliffe

The Great Expectations program at Germanna Community College helps current and former foster youth transition into college. Great Expectations provides participants with support and information on applying to Germanna, being a successful student, and planning for life after college. Great Expectations students receive one-on-one mentoring, attend workshops and training, and participate in social activities.

Great Expectations is a statewide program that was founded in 2008. The mission of the program is to help Virginia’s foster youth complete high school, gain access to a community college education and transition successfully to living independently.

Who is eligible for Great Expectations?

Great Expectations students celebrate their accomplishments at the annual Holiday Party

Current and former foster youth between the ages of 16 and 24 are eligible to join the Great Expectations program at Germanna. Youth adopted from Virginia foster care after age 13, or at any age in a special needs adoption, are also eligible.

Do you know someone who would benefit from joining Great Expectations? Please fill out this referral form!

What are the benefits of Great Expectations?

Great Expectations builds a bridge to college success! Here are a few benefits of joining Great Expectations:

Great Expectations' program students applaud one of their fellow students - including Diriki Lewis, center - during the Great Expectations program at Germanna Community College on Wednesday evening, May 13, 2015. The "Milestone Ceremony, Recognizing and Celebrating Student Successes” was held at the college’s Fredericksburg Area Campus. (The Great Expectations program is for previous and current Fredericksburg-area foster care youth and allows participants to use college services, participate in a college experience and receive one-on-one mentoring with a current faculty/staff or student from Germanna Community College.) (Photo by Robert A. Martin)
  • Guidance in making college and career choices
  • Coaching on Germanna’s student support services
  • Support for overcoming barriers to success including housing, financial hardship, and employment
  • Monthly dinners and group events
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • One-on-one mentoring

Learn more about Great Expectations

For more information about the Great Expectations Program at Germanna Community College, please contact:

Taylor Landrie

(540) 834-1066

Fredericksburg Campus, SP1-203A