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Northern Virginia Community College students who have been in foster care may qualify for a state financial aid program to assist them in continuing their education at NVCC. The Foster Care Tuition Grant program is available to high-school graduates or GED completers who were in foster care, in the custody of a social services agency or considered a special-needs adoption when they received their high-school diploma or GED.

Administered by the Virginia Community College System and the Department of Social Services, the program is designed to eliminate financial barriers for students who have been in foster care.

To be eligible for the grants covering tuition and fees, students must be Virginia residents and be enrolled full time in an eligible NVCC academic program. The Department of Social Services must also certify that the student was in foster care, in the custody of the DSS, or considered a special needs adoption when the high school diploma or GED was earned. As with other need-based financial aid, students must complete and submit the free application for Federal Student Aid, as well as meet the satisfactory academic standards of the college for federal student financial aid programs. For more information on the Foster Care Tuition Grant, contact Carol Mowbry in the NVCC financial aid office at 703-323-3014 or visit http://www.vccs.edu/vccsasr/Tuitiongrant/tuitiongrant.html.

Teacher Gordon Stokes of Rachel Carson Middle School in Herndon, learned to tend oxen, as part of a professional development workshop held this summer at The Henry Ford, in Dearborn, Mich. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the week-long workshop helped Stokes and teachers from 30 states develop innovative teaching techniques and lesson plans on American economic history. Using local historic sites and cultural resources, these teachers hope to engage their students in authentic and memorable experiences in learning about America's past.

The Henry Ford is composed of Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, Henry Ford IMAX Theatre, Benson Ford Research Center and Ford Rouge Factory Tour. Visit www.thehenryford.org. The NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation and public programs in the humanities. Visit www.neh.gov.