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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 […]

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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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]


State Journal: Report: WV public higher ed makes $2.7 billion annual impact on the state

According to research by West Virginia University, the state’s 21 public institutions of higher education contributed approximately $2.7 billion to the Mountain State’s economy in 2014. The research also showed that the public institutions supported 22,000 jobs. The study, commissioned by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and completed […]


West Virginia’s public higher education institutions have $2.7 billion impact on state

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia’s 21 public institutions of higher education contributed approximately $2.7 billion to the state’s economy in 2014, according to a report released today by the West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER). The research also showed that the public institutions supported 22,000 jobs. The study, […]


Gazette-Mail: High school students work with educators to get classmates to college

MORGANTOWN — Nearly 500 educators came to Morgantown for a two-day Student Success Summit, a conference that tries to connect the dots between educators of every grade, from preschool all the way through college. Here, students aren’t seen as passive recipients in the education system. They are not just kids […]

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Video: 2016 CFWV Youth Summit

Students from six high schools — Berkeley Springs, Paw Paw, Riverside, Spring Valley, Tolsia and Wayne County — sent teams of students to the 2016 Youth Summit, hosted July 26-28 as part of the Commission’s College Foundation of West Virginia (CFWV) initiative.

Students learned leadership skills and strategies to build and strengthen a college-going culture in their communities. They will return to their high schools to launch Higher Education Readiness Officers (HEROs) groups this fall.


PK-12, higher education leaders to discuss future of education in W.Va. during sixth annual Student Success Summit

Summit to focus on collaboration, action to improve state’s education systems MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Nearly 500 education administrators, teachers, students, military leaders and community group members will join forces this week to find better ways to support students and increase educational achievement in the Mountain State.   The West Virginia Higher […]


Dr. Adam S. Green was named “2016 GEAR UP Professional of the Year” by the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships. Dr. Green was recognized for developing and expanding multiple programs and services to help West Virginia students pursue education and training beyond high school.

W.Va. higher education administrator receives national recognition for promoting college access

Washington, D.C. – Dr. Adam S. Green, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the West Virginia Community and Technical College System, was honored in Washington, D.C. yesterday for his work in assisting students in earning a college diploma. Dr. Green was presented […]


College Foundation of West Virginia sees promising early results in providing college counseling through text messaging

Charleston, W.Va. – During a meeting of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission held today, state officials announced that a pilot project to provide college counseling through text messaging is yielding encouraging results. The project, which is part of the Commission’s statewide College Foundation of West Virginia (CFWV) outreach […]


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For class of 2016, more than 3,500 students awarded PROMISE scholarship

West Virginia providing $92 million in college financial aid this academic year Charleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission today announced that more than 3,500 students who graduated from high school this year have been awarded PROMISE Scholarships, annual awards of up to $4,750 they can use […]


National College Access Network: How three cities plan to boost FAFSA completion

In May, NCAN announced the 22 U.S. cities we chose to receive up to $55,000 each for the FAFSA Completion Challenge Grant. Through this project, generously supported through a $1.6 million grant from The Kresge Foundation, NCAN is challenging the 22 cities to increase FAFSA completion rates by at least […]


200 eighth grade students to attend ‘GEAR UP U’ at West Virginia State University

For Planning Purposes: June 21, 2016 Contact: Jessica Kennedy, Director of Communications and Outreach Division of Student Affairs (304) 532-0911 – cell jessica.kennedy@wvhepc.edu 200 eighth grade students to attend ‘GEAR UP U’ at West Virginia State University When: June 22-25, 2016 What: GEAR UP U is a four-day, three-night summer […]


West Virginia student named to national ‘GEAR UP’ leadership academy

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – James “Ikie” Brooks, a native of Boone County, has been selected to participate in the highly competitive “GEAR UP Alumni Leadership Academy,” (GUALA) a 12-month national leadership program providing students across the country with intensive training in civic engagement and community development. The GUALA program identifies students with exceptional leadership […]

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