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College Access Challenge Grant Program
Informational Videos

The following programs were funded by the College Access Challenge Grant Program (CACGP) through a partnership between the Virginia Tidewater Consortium for Higher Education (VTC) and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). 



2013 Videos

A Discussion on Higher Education with Virginia Secretary of Education Honorable Laura Fornash

The Honorable Laura Fornash, Virginia Secretary of Education, joins Dr. Dotolo to discuss academic preparation, access to post-secondary education and financial aid resources in the Commonwealth.

Your Workforce and Career Source: Opportunity Inc.

Dr. Dotolo talks with the President and CEO of Opportunity Inc., Judy Begland. Opportunity Inc., Hampton Roads’ Workforce Development Board, ensures that the regional workforce development system is market-driven and meets the employment and training needs of employers and job seekers.

2012 Videos

Hampton Roads Outreach Program

Dr. Dotolo interviews the staff of the Hampton Roads Outreach Program (HROP). HROP is funded by the College Access Challenge Grant Program (CACGP) and assists individuals between the ages of 16 and 24 by creating personalized plans that combine academic and financial aid advising with personal mentoring.

Registered Apprenticeship: Creating a Promising Tomorrow

Rick Brooks of the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry joins Dr. Dotolo (VTC) to discuss the advantages of Virginia’s registered apprenticeship programs for employers and prospective apprentices.

2011 Videos

A Discussion on Access and Affordability: The Role of Community Colleges

Dr. Paul Conco from Paul D. Camp Community College and Dr. Linda Thomas-Glover from Eastern Shore Community College discuss how the Virginia Community College System promotes access to a quality education at an affordable price and the opportunities available for students at their respective institutions.

A Discussion on Access to Higher Education

Guests from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, Ms. Paula Fisher, College Access Challenge Grant Director and Ms. Tierney McAuley, GEAR UP Virginia Scholarship Administrator discuss access to higher education and how SCHEV’s programs can help.

A Discussion with Superintendents of Schools

Dr. Richard Bentley, Superintendent of Norfolk Public Schools and Dr. David Stuckwisch, Superintendent of Portsmouth Public Schools, discuss graduation rate challenges faced by their districts and post-secondary educational options available to students.

2010 Videos

Making the Grade: A Candid Discussion

A discussion about the academic and psychological demands of attending college and the resources available to students who may be struggling with them.

2009 Videos

December 2009
What College Professors Expect from Students.

A discussion about what college professors expect from students, including identifying potential challenges students face while attending college and offering advice to both parents and students.

June 2009
College Admission and Financial Aid: A Discussion with College Personnel-Part 1

A discussion about the role of the admissions counselor, applying to college and problems students encounter during the college enrollment process.

May 2009
College Admission and Financial Aid: A Discussion with College Personnel-Part 2.

A continuation of a discussion with admissions counselors from three community colleges on the college enrollment process.

March 2009
Preparing for College: A discussion with Secondary School Counselors

Ms. Alice Spence, Counseling Director, Rosemont Middle School, Ms. Sammie Logan, Counselor, Lafayette-Winona Middle School and Ms. Kimberly Ferguson, Counselor, Accomack High School, discuss the challenges facing high school students who are thinking about applying to college.

2008 Videos

December 2008
Preparing for College: A discussion with High School Students

Four high school students share their college aspirations and the challenges they see related to financial aid and preparing for the college admissions process.

October 2008
A Discussion: Access to Higher Education with Governor Timothy Kaine of the Commonwealth of Virginia