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News Release: West Virginia students celebrate national initiative that helps them plan for life after high school

‘West Virginia GEAR UP’ assists thousands of West Virginia students with planning for an education or training beyond high school  CHARLESTON, W.Va. – This week, thousands of students in 10 West Virginia counties are celebrating a program that helps them prepare for postsecondary education. GEAR UP, which stands for Gaining […]

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News Release: Higher Education Policy Commission seeks advisory committee members to improve primary and rural healthcare education

Higher Education Policy Commission seeks advisory committee members to improve primary and rural healthcare education Applicants and nominations sought for positions on the Division of Health Sciences’ Advisory Committee CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s Division of Health Sciences is seeking nominations of qualified individuals to […]


News Release: West Virginia’s education leaders call for doubling the number of certificates or degrees for state residents

Officials say 60 percent of West Virginians need postsecondary credentials by 2030 MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia’s higher education leaders today set a goal to have 60 percent of the state’s workforce with a formal education credential beyond high school by the year 2030. That means nearly doubling the percentage […]


State researchers meet to highlight accomplishments and identify potential new scientific endeavors

SO. CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Approximately 50 academic researchers from West Virginia’s colleges and universities, who collectively are responsible for an economic impact on the state of $37.5 million, met in Charleston recently to report on their current work while planning for the state’s future in scientific discovery. “The scientists who […]


Higher Education Policy Commission grants $360,000 in awards to support health care in rural and underserved areas of West Virginia

Charleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) today awarded a combined $360,000 to 17 health sciences students from across West Virginia to help pay for their education. The awards are part of the state’s Health Sciences Service Program, which was begun in 1995 by the West […]


Higher Education Policy Commission adds four members to chancellor search committee

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission today named four additional members to the search committee for the state’s next higher education chancellor. Policy Commission Chairman Michael J. Farrell said the four new members broaden the now 17-member committee to include geographic representatives from the eastern, central […]


W.Va. public colleges, universities retaining and graduating more students over last five years, report says

South Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia’s public colleges and universities are keeping more students in school after their freshman year and seeing them through to graduation, according to a five-year trend report presented today to members of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (the Commission). The annual Higher Education […]


State colleges and universities to receive more than $8.3 million for campus improvements, thanks to governor’s bond refinancing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s public colleges and universities soon will benefit from the infusion of more than $8 million for critical campus building improvements, thanks to a revenue bond refinancing made possible by the office of Gov. Jim Justice. Dr. Paul L. Hill, Chancellor of the West Virginia Higher […]


Higher Education Policy Commission extends PROMISE scholarship application deadline to March 30

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) announced today it is extending the application deadline for Fall 2018 PROMISE scholarships to Friday, March 30, 2018. Some students reported they had difficulty completing their PROMISE applications by the earlier deadline due to the statewide public school work […]


National higher education experts join state leaders to launch college completion campaign

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia higher education leaders committed today to the state’s Momentum Pathways Project, a program that uses proven strategies to improve student success during the first year of college and sustain that momentum through to graduation. The group representing the state’s public higher education institutions met today […]


Facebook to join an estimated 150 employers for Job and Resource Fair at Erma Byrd Higher Education Center Complex

BEAVER, W.Va. – Facebook will be the featured employer for this year’s Job and Resource Fair on March 23 at the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center, southern West Virginia’s collaborative public higher education center. The event will feature dozens of local, state and national employers sharing career opportunities and hiring […]