ACCE Opportunity too Good to Pass Up

ACCE Opportunity too Good to Pass Up


Giles County, VA- The ACCE program has provided an opportunity for young people to explore post high school options for seven years. Many of these students find that the opportunity is too good to pass up. Today we hear a little insight from a first year ACCE student, Nathan Gilbert.


From Nathan: “My name is Nathan Gilbert, and I was homeschooled all the way through school. I can’t remember exactly, but I learned about the ACCE program shortly after I moved to Giles in 2015. There is a very good chance that I would not be going to college if it wasn’t for the ACCE program. Growing up, I never wanted to go to college, but the opportunities that ACCE offers are too good to pass up. I am getting an associate degree, focusing on business management. I hope to manage and own rental properties, and possibly a few other small businesses. I would like to thank the donors and the people who run the ACCE program. It is a great opportunity for people like me. I especially like that community service is a requirement. I am completing my hours at the Newport Ballpark, and it has been enjoyable, and I believe I have been a help maintaining the area, and also running programs.”


Nathan Gilbert with young man volunteering at ballpark

Nathan volunteers as part of the ACCE Program


The Muddy ACCE Race, to be held on September 21, 2019 at the Glen Lyn Park was created to raise funds for the ACCE Program in Giles County. Participants of the 2019 MAR will directly support scholarships for the 65 students involved in the program this year while continuing the spirit of community and support these students feel. The Muddy ACCE Race is a 5k, 50+ mud obstacle course event that is challenging for elite runners and family friendly. There is a youth mud pit area and fun categories for participants to win accolades. Registration is now open at and information on vending or sponsoring the event can be found on the website as well.




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Giles County, Virginia is located in Southwest Virginia approximately 40 minutes south of Roanoke and just west of Blacksburg and Virginia Tech. With easy access to the New River, world class dining and lodging properties, and historical attractions for the entire family, Giles offers adventure in Virginia’s Mountain Playground™. Come find your playground at our Visitors Center located at 203 N Main Street, Pearisburg, VA 24134 or find us online at or by calling 540-921-2079.

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