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College Foundation of West Virginia sets goal to increase FAFSA completion rates to 60 percent   Recently updated !

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The College Foundation of West Virginia (CFWV) today announced a goal to increase the number of 12th graders who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or “FAFSA,” to 60 percent by April 15. Students planning to attend college during the 2017-18 academic year can complete […]

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W.Va. sees gains in college freshmen enrollment

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The number of students entering a four-year college is on the rise in West Virginia, according to information reported during a meeting of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission held earlier today. State officials said the number of freshmen on West Virginia’s public four-year college […]


W.Va. colleges supporting student veterans through ‘5 Star Challenge’

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – State officials are applauding West Virginia’s public colleges and universities for stepping up their efforts to support student veterans. During a meeting of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission earlier today, Dr. Paul Hill, Chancellor of the Commission, reported that all of the state’s public […]

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MetroNews: Fifteen to Finish program promotes faster college graduation rates

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Fairmont State junior and Boone County native Taylor Raby is glad she’s able to handle a full-time schedule–something that some students either aren’t able to or choose not to do. “I thought it was really important just to be able to graduate on time,” she said. “I’m […]


Register-Herald: WVU study shows increase in college graduates, and graduates who stay and work in W.Va.

A new study conducted by West Virginia University for the Higher Education Policy Commission shows that more students are graduating from public higher education institutions and more college graduates are employed in West Virginia. The study, “From Higher Education to Work in West Virginia, 2014” shows that 2,500 more graduates […]


Governor Tomblin proclaims “College Application and Exploration Week”

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (October 31, 2016) – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has proclaimed this week as “College Application and Exploration Week” in recognition of the statewide campaign organized by the College Foundation of West Virginia (CFWV). Staff from nearly 450 schools will host college-planning activities throughout the week to help students […]


WVU study: State’s efforts to graduate more college students pays off

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A new study shows that a focus on graduating more students from West Virginia’s public higher education institutions is paying off for the state in terms of employment for those graduates. According to the study completed for the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission by West Virginia […]


Register-Herald: Job fair to be held Friday in Beaver

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is teaming up with big names in West Virginia education to bring a job and resource fair to Raleigh County on Friday. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 28 at the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center, which is at 300 University […]


Gazette-Mail: Mascots dance off during college-going event

More than 1,500 ninth grade students participating in the West Virginia GEAR UP program packed into the Clay Center for the Arts for the student leadership academy. The program is a college readiness project coordinated by the state Higher Education Policy Commission and funded by the federal government. It serves […]

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1,500 students to attend ‘GEAR UP’ student leadership academy in Charleston

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When: Wednesday, October 26 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

What: A leadership academy to inform students of college options and empower them to take charge of their futures.

West Virginia GEAR UP will host a leadership academy featuring a presentation from Josh Shipp, a nationally renowned youth leadership coach. Additionally, college mascots from across West Virginia will present dance routines incorporating college information during a “Mascot Mania” dance-off contest. 

 

Agenda:

10 AM: Opening remarks featuring Dr. Paul Hill, Chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, and Dr. Sarah Tucker, Chancellor of the West Virginia Community and Technical College System

10:20 AM: Mascot Mania competition featuring mascots from colleges across W.Va.

10:40 AM: Leadership presentation from nationally renowned speaker, Josh Shipp

11:45 AM: Student presentations

12:05 PM: Scholarship awards ceremony

12:20 PM: Closing remarks

 

Who: More than 1,500 ninth grade students participating in the West Virginia GEAR UP program. 

West Virginia GEAR UP is a federally funded college readiness project coordinated by the Higher Education Policy Commission. The project serves students in ten counties: Boone, Fayette, Mason, Mercer, Mingo, Nicholas, Summers, Webster, Wirt, and Wyoming. 

 

Where: The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, Maier Foundation Performance Hall, Charleston, W.Va.

 

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Note: A video summary of last year’s Student Leadership Academy is provided below. 


College Foundation of West Virginia to host “FAFSA Friday” events during Kanawha County high school football games

For planning purposes: October 6, 2016 Contact: Jessica Kennedy, Director of Communications and Outreach West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (304) 558-0655 jessica.kennedy@wvhepc.edu College Foundation of West Virginia to host “FAFSA Friday” events during Kanawha County high school football games When: Friday, October 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. […]

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Kendyl Ryan: Push aside fear and pursue your dreams

Originally published in the Charleston Gazette-Mail, Daily Mail editorial page. Earlier this week, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined leaders across the nation in proclaiming this week “National GEAR UP Week,” highlighting the importance of going to college and encouraging students to pursue their dreams. It’s common knowledge that a high […]


Bruce Vandal: WV leads nation in college completion strategies

Published in the Charleston Gazette-Mail, Gazette editorial page Last week, faculty and staff from West Virginia’s public colleges and universities set forth on a bold path to dramatically improve college completion rates in the state. The work occurred as part of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s Corequisite Academy, […]


Governor Tomblin declares ‘GEAR UP Week’ in recognition of college readiness program

West Virginia GEAR UP helps thousands of students gain education and training beyond high school CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Sept. 19, 2016) – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today proclaimed this week as “GEAR UP Week” to recognize the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) initiative, a program funded […]


West Virginia State University’s research on peppers featured in video series

Charleston, W.Va., Sept. 19, 2016 – Research into how peppers can be enhanced for greater nutritional benefit is the focus of a new video released recently by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s (HEPC) Division of Science and Research.

Dr. Umesh Reddy and Dr. Padma Nimmakayala describe the work they are doing at West Virginia State University in the two-minute video which is part of an ongoing series about scientists from around the state.

Dr. Jan Taylor, Director of the Division of Science and Research said, “Scientific research can lead West Virginia into a new economy, and this begins with our colleges and universities. Our hope is that our video series will help people understand the impact of science and technology on modern life in our state.”

A link to the video series can be found on the Division’s homepage, www.wvresearch.org. Videos are available for free for local schools and education programs. For more information, contact the Division of Science and Research at 304-558-4128.

 The Division of Science and Research directs the federal EPSCoR program in West Virginia, while also managing other state and federally-funded academic research programs across the state. The program provides strategic leadership for infrastructure advancement and development of competitive research opportunities in STEM disciplines.

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Gazette-Mail: Students can apply for PROMISE, other financial aid sooner

The application which determines a student’s eligibility for financial aid to go to college and several of the state’s scholarships will be available sooner this year. Instead of waiting until of Jan. 1, 2017, to start the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which is a required application that determines […]


Gazette-Mail: Canadian scientist talks crime scene science with sold out Culture Center crowd

Jennifer Gardy is a detective, but not the kind you’re imagining. Instead of a pistol and handcuffs, the tools of Gardy’s trade are microscopes and DNA gels. “I’m the microbe detective,” she likes to tell people. Gardy actually is a senior scientist with the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control […]


WVCTCS: WVCTCS helping ITT Tech students continue their education

For Immediate Release: September 8, 2016   Contact: Heather Raines Operations and Communications Coordinator (304) 558-0087 raines@wvctcs.org Huntington, W.Va. – Due to the recent closure of ITT Technical Institute, the West Virginia Community and Technical College System will hold an event for former students on Tuesday, September 13,  at the […]


W.Va. colleges and universities to implement new model to improve college completion

When: 12 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 8  8:15 a.m. to  3 p.m. Friday, September 9  Who/What: The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission will host the first statewide Co-Requisite Academy for faculty and staff from West Virginia’s public four-year colleges and universities. During the academy, campus teams will develop strategies […]


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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin: Sending our kids off to college helps keep them here at home

Over the past few weeks, families across the state hugged their children goodbye and sent them off to college. For many, it was a bittersweet and emotional moment filled with both pride and sorrow, worry and relief. But we can all take heart. Because earning a college degree puts students […]


WV Public Broadcasting: Texting: Is it the key to a better college transition?

By Liz McCormick We use text messaging for a variety of things; to chat with family and friends, to check-in with a coworker, or send a photo, but what about for academics? The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has been a pioneer in helping to develop a national text […]

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West Virginia Center for Nursing awards $225,000 in scholarships

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Center for Nursing announced today that 76 students will receive funds totaling $225,000 as part of the Nursing Scholarship Program. The program, which is administered by the West Virginia Center for Nursing in conjunction with the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, helps licensed practical, […]


Jan Taylor: STEM education not just for kids (Daily Mail)

I believe that all kids are little scientists. This is especially evident when they ask all those “why” and “how” questions. By ensuring they continue to experience the fun and excitement of science as they grow older, we can create a new generation of scientists, researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs who […]


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Higher Education Policy Commission offers guidance on student loan borrowing

Eight tips for financing higher education CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Students across West Virginia are busy checking off a long to-do list as they head off to college: purchasing text books, outfitting dorm rooms, making last-minute schedule changes and, for many, finding the resources to pay for it all. Student loans can […]


West Virginia students ‘GEAR UP’ for college during summer academy at West Virginia State University

INSTITUTE, W.Va. – This summer, students had the chance to experience life on a college campus during GEAR UP U, a college preparation academy held June 22-25 at West Virginia State University. More than 130 students from central and southern West Virginia attended the event, which was hosted by the […]

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