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The College Place–Alexandria Welcomes New Director


College access center provides free resources to help VA students plan for college

Alexandria, Va—Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC) has announced Tomika Brown as the new director of The College Place (TCP) Alexandria. Brown will oversee the college access center serving Northern Virginia.

TCP-Alexandria provides free in-person, telephone and online support to students of all ages looking for assistance with college applications and financial aid forms, as well as locating scholarships. Staff are also available to visit schools and conduct workshops. A second Virginia TCP location in Richmond provides services in Richmond and other areas of the commonwealth. ECMC, a nonprofit focused on helping students succeed, has staffed brick and mortar college access centers in Virginia since 2003.

"We are delighted to have someone with Tomika's vast experience join our efforts to help Virginia students navigate the college-going process," said Paula Craw, ECMC vice president of student success and outreach. "We have a long history of college access work in the commonwealth, and Tomika's expertise will enable us to positively impact even more students and families throughout the area."

TCP-Alexandria is located at the Virginia Career Works Cherokee Avenue Center, 5520 Cherokee Avenue #100, Alexandria, VA, 22312. To set up an appointment or to schedule a presentation, call 434-242-9053 or email

TCP-Richmond is located on the Virginia Commonwealth University campus. ECMC operates seven college access centers throughout the country. Other locations include Colorado, Connecticut, Minnesota, Northern California and Oregon.