At-Risk Students Find Success at Community Colleges
- Eight transition counselors head to area high schools in search of students who show potential for academic success, but lack the necessary support system to achieve it. Nearly 80% of students recruited are accepted into the program – as long as they express a desire to graduate from NOVA and continue their studies at a four-year college.
- Students accepted into the program get to know their counselors through a variety of teaching and social events. These counselors help students navigate the sometimes complex maze of college registration, scheduling and financial aid applications.
- Once enrolled at NOVA, students are matched with retention counselors who prepare students for academic success on a variety of levels. Counselors also track students' progress and are notified if any student falls below a C-grade average.
- Students are also enrolled in a College Success Skills class that teaches them everything from how to take notes during class to time management and making good choices.
- During the program, students are prepared for the next big challenge of enrolling in a traditional university to earn a four-year degree. Students who successfully graduate from the Pathway to the Baccalaureate program may enroll in a college of their choice, and many choose George Mason University, Virginia Tech or a host of other nearby universities.