The Clarke County Education Foundation was honored to receive a Cochran/Rees Grant in the amount of $1,825 from the Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley today! The funds will help Clarke County Public Schools expand the “Career Cruising” software currently in use at Clarke County High School, to all students at Johnson-Williams Middle School!

Career Cruising is a self-exploration and planning program that helps students of all ages achieve their potential in school, career and life. Research has identified middle school as a time when students can benefit the most from career exploration, a process of building self-awareness, learning about potential careers, and developing a plan for reaching future goals. A key way career exploration is provided to middle school students is through exploratory and introductory CTE courses, as well as career and academic planning through other means of web searching technology, CTSOs and work-based learning experiences.

Dr. Bishop, Superintendent of Clarke County Public Schools said, “Many students today feel like college is the only alternative to a productive life after high school graduation. In Clarke County, we are working to shift the focus from one of college OR career to one of career readiness for all regardless of the post-secondary education option a student chooses. Career Cruising allows our students the opportunity to research a variety of career interests and equips them with knowledge about the training needed beyond high school, the employment outlook in a particular field of interest and expected earnings. Our goal is to assist students in making informed decisions about possible career pathways.”

We are thrilled to have recieved this grant and help our students in Clarke County Succeed.  Thank you, CFNSV!

Dr. Cathy Seal, Director of Curriculum & Instruction at Clarke County Public Schools and Beth Williams, Executive Director of Clarke County Education Foundation are proud to receive the grant.

24 area nonprofits that received grants today at a Thank You luncheon


The Community Foundation saluted 24 area nonprofits that received grants today at a Thank You luncheon. The Community Foundation and the nonprofit community are thankful for the generous family of donors who make these meaningful financial contributions possible.

The Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley connects donors and nonprofits across our valley. Learn more at

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