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ACCESS College Commitment Day 2018

Over 2,000 high school seniors from Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Suffolk and Northampton County gathered in the Ted Constant Convocation Center on April 24 to celebrate their acceptance into the colleges of their choice.

This high-energy event, emceed by Shaggy from Z104, was attended by students from Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Suffolk and Northampton County public schools. All of these seniors were helped by ACCESS on their journey to college, and were accepted into AT LEAST one college or university beginning in the Fall!

We even surprised the students and gave away scholarships and gift cards to be used for dorm shopping during our event!

We couldn’t do this without our sponsors. Special thanks goes to J & A Racing, Norfolk State University, Old Dominion University, Radford University, Signature Family Wealth Advisors, University of Virginia, Virginia529, Virginia State University, Virginia Tech, Virginia Wesleyan University and ECPI. We truly appreciate your support!

Check out coverage of our event from WVEC here and our interview on WTKR's Coast Live here.

Find more photos from the event on our Facebook page! #IGotIn2018

ACCESS Hires First Career Connection Coordinator

We're pleased to welcome Morgan Chase as its first Career Connection Coordinator.

In that role, Chase works with nearly 300 ACCESS Scholars to bridge the gap between college and career. He aids their search for internships and entry-level jobs, as well as interacts with business and community leaders to create new positions for ACCESS’ network of Scholars.

Chase previously worked as a public affairs producer and content strategist for 89.5 WHRV FM and WHRO FM.

Monday Night Steak at Baker's Crust, All Month Long!

How does a delicious steak dinner at Baker’s Crust sound? Yep, our mouths are watering, too!

On any Monday in March, dine in after 4:00 p.m. at one of three Bakers Crusts (Ghent, Greebrier or Hilltop) for "Buy a Steak in Your Community" to benefit ACCESS!

For just $7, you’ll dine on an 8 oz. black angus flat iron steak while helping to pave the way for positive change for many deserving young people. Join us.

For more information: https://bakerscrust.com/menu/specials

Entering our 30th Year with a New Look!

“It is within our reach to open the doors to college for many hundreds of young people. If ACCESS can do this, it will be a powerful instrument for hope and enrichment for our community and for the people who need it most.”

– Frank Batten, Sr., Co-Founder, ACCESS College Foundation

As ACCESS enters its 30th year and we reflect back on our history, we are so proud of the amount of students we have been able to help with the college process. Frank Batten's words, from the first newspaper article on ACCESS in 1988, still ring true today as we continue on our mission of providing students with the path to attend and complete college. 
While it is important for us to remember our past, we are also excited to look toward our future, which includes a new brand, an updated logo, brighter colors and a new tagline! 
Our new branding is more contemporary and exciting but also, reflects who we are. It speaks directly to what we do and reminds our supporters they are changing the lives of young people and enhancing the future of our community. The mortarboard in our logo highlights how to assist students through high school graduation, college graduation and into the path beyond.
We're ready to take on the next 30 years!