Wake Tech continues college initiative for foster children

Posted May 31

— Wake Technical College's initiative Fostering Bright Futures provides specialized training to help foster children attend and succeed in college.

Statistics show that only 3 percent of foster children go on to get bachelor's degrees. Wake Tech officials hope the program increases that number.

In 2009, Veronica Armstrong was one of the first students to enroll in the program. Not only did she graduate from Wake Tech, she then got accepted to UNC-Greensboro and graduated with her bachelor's degree this year.

She said she experienced instability first hand, growing up and eventually aging out of the foster care system. She understands that for many foster children, college is out of the question.

"Your everyday challenges don't lend you opportunity to think that far down the road when you have to worry about where you're going to live and how you're going to survive day to day," Armstrong said.

Wake Tech continues college initiative for foster children

Michelle Blackmon heads the initiative as program coordinator.

"Our goal is for our students to walk across that stage," Armstrong(Blackmon?) said. "That's what the end goal is, and that's what Fostering Bright Futures is all about: making sure those students have that success."

With Armstrong's determination, her possibilities for success are endless.

"It feels really good," she said. "I've had a lot of accomplishments. I'm checking off things on my list, so I'm just ready to move to the next stage of my life."

This year, Fostering Bright Futures has 21 students. Organizers hope that additional funding will allow them to expand next year.


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