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Roanoke, Virginia Western reach milestone in CCAP program

Sheridan Saunders placed an artificial hand beneath an X-ray machine and prepared the scan.

She was inside the Fralin Center at Virginia Western Community College, practicing techniques before class. The head of the radiography program, Susan Nolley, gave her pointers.

Saunders has been fascinated by skeletal structures since breaking her arm as a child. Now, she’s studying X-rays using the same technology found in hospitals.

Once she earns her associate degree through the radiography program, Saunders can become certified to perform X-rays professionally.

Saunders, 19, is a graduate of Roanoke’s William Fleming High School. She said her dream job is in reach, thanks in large part to the Community College Access Program. The initiative pays up to three years of tuition for Roanoke Valley students to attend the community college.

For 10 years, hundreds of Roanoke students like Saunders have pursued a college degree through the program.

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