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group photo from Great Expectations holiday event

Danville Community College hosted the Great Expectations South Park Cohort, consisting of DCC, Patrick Henry Community College, Southside Virginia Community College, and Central Virginia Community College on Friday, December 15, for a holiday party and to fill gift bags for foster children in Southside Virginia.


Great Expectations Cohort Preps, Donates Gift Bags for Foster Children


(December 19, 2017)  – The Great Expectations South Park Cohort gathered at Danville Community College (DCC) on Friday, December 15, to celebrate the holidays and assemble gift bags for the Southside Region Department of Social Services to give to children who may experience removal from their home during the holidays.
“In the Southside region, the City of Danville and Pittsylvania County have approximately 30 to 40 children enter foster care each year,” said Great Expectations Coach and Middle College Tutor Trish Sawyer. “These children experience heartbreaking trauma, especially around the holidays, so these gift bags will provide some necessary toiletries and some small toys, colored pencils, coloring books, journals, and more.”
According to, one in two children are economically disadvantaged in the Southside region of Virginia. That means 54,686 children live below 200% of poverty level and live in families that struggle to meet the basic needs of food, housing, utilities, child care, and transportation.
The Great Expectations South Park Cohort consists of DCC, Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC), Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC), and Central Virginia Community College (CVCC).
Since its inception in 2008, the Virginia Community College System’s Great Expectations program has served over 3,000 students at 18 community colleges, helping them to pursue associate degrees and workforce certifications, transfer to four-year colleges and universities, and position themselves for employment and life success. Coaches served almost 1,200 students across Virginia during the fall of 2016.
“I would like to thank everyone who donated items for our Great Expectations foster care bags. We had students, social services case managers, and coaches from PHCC, SVCC, CVCC, and DCC attend. We had the honor of having the VCCS Great Expectations Executive Director attended from Richmond,” Middle College Director and Great Expectations and Hospitality Program Coordinator Donald Pippin said. “The Great Expectations students put together 47 bags to be given to children placed in foster care over the holiday in each college service area. I would to give a big and special thanks to Shannon Hair and Cheryl Hill of the DCC Foundation for providing lunch for the students and children’s sweatshirts/pants for the bags due to children being put in foster care who do not have warm clothes when taken from the home.”
 For more information about Great Expectations or Middle College at DCC, contact Donald Pippin at 434-797-8564 or

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