CAMPBELL — Beginning with the 2020-21 academic year, the Mahoning Valley College Access Program will offer comprehensive services within the Community Literacy Workforce and Cultural Center for students of the Campbell City School District and the Northeast Ohio Impact Academy.
This is MVCAP’s first expansion of services in its nearly 20-year existence.
MVCAP was formed in 2001 to provide easier college access to students from first-generation and socio-economically disadvantaged families. Direct service to Youngstown and Warren schools began in 2002. Since its inception, the organization has served nearly 10,000 students and families.
“MVCAP is pleased to be able to extend our services to students and families in the Campbell City School District,” Gerri Jenkins, MVCAP executive director, said in a news release. “We feel very strongly about the quality of talent in the Mahoning Valley and the educational opportunities available to them, which will have an impact educationally, economically and on workforce development.”
Matthew Bowen, Campbell City Schools superintendent, said he supports the increased outreach. “We look forward to extending opportunities to our students with the resources made available through the partnership with MVCAP,” he said in the release.
MVCAP has broadened its focus to include assistance and guidance into one of three pathways. In addition to the college pathway, students receive information about the career/technical pathway, including increased access to skilled trades, as well as military/workforce. MVCAP also awards scholarship money to students headed for a college or career program. The Last Dollar Scholarship provides extra financial support to students in their first year of post-high school education and is renewable for a second year.
MVCAP provides service through the presence of college guides and advisors who receive support from AmeriCorps and CollegeNow as part of Serve Ohio.
The schools currently served are Warren G Harding High School, East High School, Chaney High School and Youngstown Rayen Early College. Beginning in September, MVCAP College Guides will resume formal service to Choffin Career and Technical Center.