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Middle College

Middle College allows individuals without a high school degree to increase their income and employability by simultaneously pursuing a GED, community college education, and a workforce certification in a college environment.

 

This new informational DVD on Virginia's statewide Middle College program is available for distribution through the VCCS by contacting cthurston@vccs.edu or 804.819.1695.

 

Population Served

Students ages 18 to 24 without a high school diploma

Program Features

Middle College allows individuals without a high school degree to increase their income and employability by simultaneously pursuing a GED, community college education, and a workforce certification in a college environment. The program offers targeted remedial courses, access to workforce readiness courses, enrollment in community college courses applicable to a degree or industry-based certificate, and comprehensive support services.

Grants Related to Program

More information about the grants can be found by clicking here.

Program Outcomes

Currently, nine programs exist (J. Sargeant Reynolds, Danville, Germanna, Lord Fairfax, New River, Patrick Henry,  Rappahannock, Southside Virginia and Thomas Nelson). These programs have demonstrated that the model works:

    • Over 70% of active students have received a GED
    • Over 50% of GED completers are enrolled in a post-secondary education program
    • Nearly 60% of the GED completers earned a Career Readiness Certificate

Program Resources

Middle College Presentation
Annual report

National College Transition Network (NCTN)

The Joyce Foundation’s Shifting Gears Initiative

Contact

Middle College contacts

Caroline Thurston
Coordinator, Middle College and Adult Career Services
Workforce Development Services
Office: 804-819-1695
Fax: 804-819-1699

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