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Alliance for Excellence

What is Alliance for Excellence?

College, Church and Community –Working Together To Make A Difference!

Mission:  In order to address persistent conditions of economic and social inequities, Alliance for Excellence seeks to enhance opportunities for Black youth through a partnership of community colleges and Black churches. Alliance for Excellence seeks to increase participation in higher education among young people in the Black communities of south central Virginia where significant obstacles to equitable economic opportunity remain. We believe that higher education is the key to success in our society today.  The collaboration among community colleges, Black churches and other youth and economic development programs will foster the leadership skills, social awareness, educational qualifications, and marketability essential for meaningful employment, personal fulfillment, and economic advancement.

Goals of the Alliance for Excellence

  • To increase Black enrollment at member colleges
  • To increase Black retention and graduation rates
  • To provide programs to enhance the Black experience on campus
  • To increase transfer rates from two-year to four-year colleges and universities

The Alliance seeks to foster greater access and success in higher education and to promote the personal and economic benefits of educational achievement.   Guided by a program director and project coordinator, each service region plans programs and activities to meet the needs of their communities. These activities include: 

  • Academic Awards
  • Mentoring Programs
  • Cultural Education
  • Motivational Seminars
  • Global Civic Outreach
  • Leadership Breakfast
  • Leadership Conferences
  • Field Trips
  • Servant Leader Teams
  • And many more…

For More Information

Reverend Stephen Darr
Community College Ministries
209 Otey Street
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Phone: 540-953-3904
Fax: 540-953-0300
Email: steve@peacework.org

Melinda Hill
Alliance for Excellence Coach
Anderson Hall, Room 128
Phone: 540-857-7583
Email: mhill@virginiawestern.edu

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