January 2, 2018
In the two weeks after it was announced in November, more than 150 high school seniors rushed to sign up for the first tuition free community college program in Virginia.
The Harvest Student Excellence in Education (SEED) initiative, funded by a three-year grant totaling $3.1 million from the Harvest Foundation in Martinsville, makes the first two years of college at Patrick Henry Community College free of charge for all qualifying spring 2018 high school graduates in Martinsville and Henry County. It also is open to graduates of GED and recognized homeschool programs. An estimated 250 students will have the opportunity to take advantage of the program in its first year.
“Our strategic goal is to encourage economic growth in Martinsville-Henry County and to meet workforce needs of area businesses,” says Allyson Rothrock, the president of The Harvest Foundation.
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