African American Culture and Contemporary Issues Class

Offered by: Total Action for Progress (TAP)
Type: Other Learning Opportunities
Format: On site
When 8:30 A.M. - 10:00 A.M. M-F
Average Time to Complete 1-4 years

About the Program

TAP | On-site – The African-American Culture and Contemporary Issues class provides assistance to students who are at risk of dropping out. A specialized curriculum assists students in gaining knowledge about their heritage, learning leadership skills, developing healthy relationships, gaining financial literacy and more. In addition, students develop a business plan and unite as a team to start a small business. Through this class, students are exposed to post-secondary education and encouraged to stay in school and pursue college after graduation.

Career Paths

  • Small business owner
  • Post-secondary education
  • Technical school


There are no costs to approved clientele for this program.

Student Support

We know the path to higher education can be daunting, which is why we’re here to help.

As a student of the Roanoke Higher Education Center, you will have access to:

  • Library collections and services
  • Computer lab with printer/copier
  • Student lounge with high-speed wireless Internet
  • Cafe serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Free parking with a student parking pass

TAP’s programs are designed to offer career and educational opportunities with low-income people and their families in mind. While programs can vary, the strategies and resources TAP programs collectively offer cover a wide range of needs:

  • Classes and workshops to prepare students for tests and certifications (incl. GED)
  • Coaches and advisors
  • Job placement partnerships with local employers

How to Apply

Students must be entering the 9th grade or currently enrolled in the 10th and 11th grades at William Fleming High School and pass the interview process.

Prospective clients must earn 80% or less of the Area Median Income.

Students whose parents did not graduate college and those who receive free or reduced price school lunches may also qualify.

Eligible students should call (540) 767-6220 for more information.

Visit the program page for more information.