Minority Students: Special Programs and Initiatives in Manassas Park, Virginia

Manassas Park City Schools in Virginia are committed to providing equal opportunities for all students, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To this end, the school district has developed a range of special programs and initiatives to support minority students. Grow Manassas is a college preparation program that provides third and fourth year students with professional training and free college courses. This program is designed to help those who may not be succeeding in the traditional school environment or who are at risk of dropping out of school before graduating.

It is a partnership between Manassas Park City Schools and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), and is funded by local and state sources. The Department of Education also provides information packages to local school boards each year, which describe educational and other services available through the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind, the Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and the Virginia Department for the Blind and Visually Impaired. These services are available to students who have been identified as hearing or visually impaired. Grow Manassas also offers city residents the opportunity to take classes and receive certifications for local careers in information technology, healthcare, business, engineering, and specialized trades such as auto repair, heavy equipment operation, welding, weatherization, construction, and more.