Advanced Auto Parts Contributes $125,000 to Support Roanoke Community College Access Program

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Advanced Auto Parts, a Fortune 500 company and a leading automotive aftermarket retailer of parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance items in the United States headquartered in Roanoke, has contributed 5,000 to the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation to support the Roanoke Community College Access Program (RCCAP) that provides tuition assistance for graduating Roanoke City high school students to attend Virginia Western Community College.

RCCAP supports as many eligible students as possible based on financial need and funds available for the program. It will fund tuition fees for two years or 72 credits, whichever comes first, if federal financial aid is not available or does not adequately cover tuition.

Advanced Auto Parts joins other prominent area businesses such as Appalachian Power, Carilion Clinic, Medical Facilities of America, and Trane as supporters of the Roanoke Community College Access Program. The Roanoke Women’s Foundation is the 09-10 pilot program year sponsor.

“With 144 applicants for the 2009-2010 RCCAP pilot program, it is evident that the need for such a program exists. Students who never before thought higher education was attainable now have hope and the promise of a better future. Because of the generosity of Advanced Auto Parts we can ensure that this program continues for future Roanoke City high school graduates,” said Katherine Strickland, Executive Director for the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation, the program facilitator.

The Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, committed to securing, managing, and increasing contributions that enhance the College’s mission and ensure students’ ability to afford a college education.  For more information on the Roanoke Community College Access Program please contact Katherine F. Strickland, Executive Director at 857-6020 or   [email protected]