American Electric Power Foundation awards $100,000 grant to CCAP

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The American Electric Power Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to support Virginia Western’s Community College Access Program (CCAP), a nationally recognized effort that provides up to three years of tuition to qualified Roanoke Valley high school graduates.

Brad N. Hall, vice president of external
affairs for Appalachian Power, said “AEP and Appalachian Power have a long
relationship with Virginia Western Community College and share its dedication
to help build a workforce capable of developing and supporting the necessary
elements for a climate of growth in the Roanoke region. This $100,000 gift from
the AEP Foundation represents our commitment to Virginia Western and its vision
for the people of the area through CCAP.”

The Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation,
a nonprofit organization that raises funds to support CCAP, scholarships and
other College needs, is the recipient of the grant. The Educational Foundation
aims to raise a total of $6.5 million by 2021 from public and private sources
as part of its CCAP2 Campaign. The first campaign to launch CCAP
surpassed its $5 million goal in 2015. Since its founding 2008, CCAP has
provided tuition support to more than 2,500 students.

CCAP provides “last in”
scholarship support, filling any tuition payment gaps after a qualified student
has applied for federal or state financial aid. The program funding is based on
a 50/50 match: A locality pledges a specific dollar amount for its high school
graduates in a given year; the Educational Foundation then raises a matching
amount from private businesses, foundations, community groups and individuals.

“Virginia Western and
Appalachian Power have been a long-time partners in moving the region forward.
Their leadership support for CCAP will support student success while
eliminating crippling student debt. We are honored and proud to work with the
AEP Foundation to make a difference in our communities,” said Dr. Robert H.
Sandel, President of Virginia Western Community College.

“Through this gift from the AEP Foundation
we are representing and honoring dozens of our own employees who are graduates
of Virginia Western and have already proven to us the benefits of its
educational opportunity here. We hope through this gift that we can help assure
the on-going success of the Community College Access Program and its
participants who will become leaders in the economic growth of this region,”
said Larry Jackson, Appalachian Power external affairs director for Virginia.

With the American Electric Power Foundation grant, the Educational
Foundation has raised $2,011,969 million of the $3.25 million in private
support it is seeking during the CCAP2 campaign.
It will continue its ongoing partnerships with Roanoke Valley localities to
raise the public portion of $3.25 million over the next five years.

About the Community College Access Program

  • CCAP serves the entire Virginia Western
    Community College service region, including the counties of Botetourt,
    Craig, Franklin and Roanoke and the cities of Roanoke and Salem.
  • Participants are required to volunteer 4
    hours of community-based service each semester. To date, they have given
    back 19,000 volunteer hours to area nonprofit organizations.
  • CCAP recently expanded to include tuition
    support for students seeking short-term, industry-recognized credentials
    in high-demand fields such as welding, mechatronics and pharmacy tech.
  • The average incoming grade point average of
    CCAP participants is 3.3. More than 78% enroll at Virginia Western with
    the intention of transferring to a four-year institution.
  • In 2014, CCAP was named a finalist in the
    Community College Futures Assembly’s Bellwether Awards, in recognition of
    its pioneering effort to strengthen the local workforce. The program has
    served a model for similar programs, including New River Community College
    and Dabney Lancaster College.

For more information about Virginia Western’s CCAP, contact
Philanthropy Director Amanda Mansfield at amansfield@virginiawestern.edu or
(540) 857-6962. Go online to learn more about CCAP2 at
virginiawestern.edu/makecollegepossible.