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Study says nearly half of college grads stay in Mountain State

January 27, 2014

Article: MetroNews MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A study from West Virginia University says college graduates in the Mountain State who received a Promise Scholarship are more likely to stay and work in West Virginia. The WVU College of Business and Economics did the study for the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. Researchers took at look at the college graduates from the past 10 years. (Read the WVU study here) The study estimates 48 percent of the graduates work here and those who received a Promise Scholarship are more likely to work in their home state… Read the full story »

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Personal text messages offer support as students face higher education

January 26, 2014

Article: Times West Virginian FAIRMONT, W.VA. — The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission recently launched a three-year pilot project that will help high school seniors prepare for college and begin their freshman year of higher education. The text message support project, which has not yet been officially named, has two main goals: to remind students of deadlines and important steps in the college application process, and to provide them with support and answers to any questions they have along the way. The project is a twist on traditional methods used to help students plan and prepare to move on…

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West Virginia college access and completion project highlighted at White House event

January 16, 2014

Washington, D.C. – Paul Hill, Chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission), and Adam Green, Senior Director of the Commission’s Student Success and P-20 Initiatives, today participated in an event hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama focused on new initiatives that will expand college opportunity. West Virginia’s text messaging support project – which launched this month and provides a pilot group of high school seniors personalized college counseling by text message – was highlighted as part of the event as a new, innovative action aimed at increasing college access and completion. “The project…

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Dr. Adam Green: Higher education leads to higher wages

December 13, 2013

In a recent editorial, the Daily Mail argued against increasing the minimum wage. Editors noted that while it’s a tough marketplace for workers with little education or experience, the bigger question is how to expand access to jobs with higher earnings. Arguing whether the minimum wage should be increased is not within my realm of expertise. However, I believe the editors are right to point out that opportunities for low-skilled workers are increasingly limited and that growing our economy revolves around bigger issues. In my mind, we cannot talk about income equality or economic growth without addressing higher education. Increasing…

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Man Middle School participates in CFWV College Days

October 28, 2013

Article: Logan Banner MAN — Man Middle School (Logan County) participated in College Foundation West Virginia (CFWV) College Week October 16th and 17th. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin designated this week as “College Application and Exploration Week” in effort to help students prepare for college. Read the full story »

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JRES students explore careers

October 18, 2013

Article: Elkins InterMountain Most elementary students are concerned with sports, play and what it will be like when they move up to middle school. But Jennings Randolph Elementary School fifth-graders got a jump on their career exploration this week. On Wednesday, they traveled to the Randolph Technical Center to learn about the programs offered there and work with high school-aged students to experience a typical day at the center. JRES counselor Aaron Talbott said the students participated in West Virginia’s statewide College Application and Exploration this week. Read the full story »

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Governor Tomblin declares statewide “College Application and Exploration Week”

October 14, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has designated this week as “College Application and Exploration Week” in an effort to help students prepare for college. Nearly 150 schools across the state will participate by hosting a variety of hands-on college planning activities including college application workshops, panel discussions with current college students, and college scavenger hunts and trivia contests. Students of all ages – from kindergarteners to adult learners – will learn about the importance of pursuing higher education and the different types of college options available including certificate programs, two-year degree programs, and four-year degree programs. Students who…

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Gov. Tomblin declares “GEAR UP for College Week”

September 25, 2013

Article: MetroNews CHARLESTON, W.Va. — It’s “GEAR UP for College Week” in West Virginia. The governor’s proclamation was aimed at recognizing the achievements of Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs across West Virginia. GEAR UP is a grant program through the United States Department of Education that aims to help students pursue education and training beyond high school. Since its launch in 2008, thousands of students in 10 West Virginia counties have received assistance in going to college. Taylor Raby and Allison Epling, seniors at Scott High School in Madison, have been in the program since seventh grade…

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Governor Tomblin declares “GEAR UP for College Week” in recognition of West Virginia’s success with national college readiness program

September 23, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Governor Tomblin has designated this week as “GEAR UP for College Week” to recognize the impact and achievements of Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), a national grant program through the United States Department of Education that launched in West Virginia in 2008. Its mission is to help students pursue and achieve education and training beyond high school. Since 2008, nearly 13,000 students in ten counties – Boone, Clay, Lincoln, McDowell, Mingo, Roane, Summers, Webster, Wirt, and Wyoming – have received college counseling and academic support through GEAR UP, which is coordinated by…

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2013 STaR Symposium to feature NY Times columnist and Nova Science Now Host, David Pogue

September 18, 2013

Charleston, WV, September 18, 2013 – David Pogue, science author, New York Times columnist and host of PBS’s Nova Science Now, will be the keynote presenter at the 5th Biennial Science, Technology & Research (STaR) Symposium, to take place Oct. 22-23 at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown, conference organizers announced today. Dr. Jan Taylor, director of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s Division of Science & Research, said, “This year’s STaR Symposium theme, appropriate for an energy state like West Virginia, is The Evolution of Energy: From Scarcity to Abundance. We’ll look at the issues surrounding energy development…

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Chancellor Hill: Hitting “restart” for those who have stopped out

August 30, 2013

For so many people who have some college credits but are no longer enrolled, the desire to walk across the stage to a degree is strong, but the prospect of returning to school is daunting. There are hosts of roadblocks, from finances to a lack of extra time and family commitments, so it’s our job at the public higher education level to even out the road for returning students. In West Virginia, we have placed an increased emphasis on helping adult learners complete their postsecondary education. And the good news is that our efforts are paying off. We are graduating…

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Higher Education Policy Commission announces newly-elected officers

August 8, 2013

Charleston, W.Va. — The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission) today formally announced its newly-elected officers. Dr. Bruce Berry serves as Chair, Jenny Allen serves as Vice Chair, and Kathy Eddy continues to serve as Secretary. They were elected during a June special meeting. Friday’s regularly-scheduled Commission meeting will be the first led by the new officers. David Hendrickson has served as Chair for the past four years. “Our new officers bring a wealth of diverse experience and a passion for moving West Virginia’s higher education system forward,” said Dr. Paul Hill, the Commission’s Chancellor. “I thank David Hendrickson for his years of forward-looking leadership…

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West Virginia Students and Educators Attend 2013 Student Success Summit

August 5, 2013

Article: WBOY The State Department of Education, community college system, and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission collaborate for the Student Success Summit. The Summit looks at the education system from elementary school through college. Its goal is to better serve students so they’re more likely to finish high school and go into post-secondary training. Students and educators from around the state attended the event, started August 5 and will continue August 6. Scott High School Higher Education Readiness Officers, or HEROs, went to learn how to better their outreach program lead by students. “We want to get a…

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Statewide College Application and Exploration Week assists students with college prep

September 25, 2012

Article: West Virginia Executive Magazine View the original article Jessica Kennedy West Virginia needs 20,000 more college graduates by 2018 to meet work force demands, but state officials say many students are skipping a critical first step in the college-planning process—submitting a college application. To help more students complete that task, the College Foundation of West Virginia (CFWV) will host its third annual College Application and Exploration Week from October 1st-5th. College Application and Exploration Week is a statewide outreach event during which the state’s secondary schools, higher education institutions and other community organizations focus on helping students explore their…

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Pursuit of knowledge led to worlds he’d never dreamed of as a boy

June 12, 2012

Article: Charleston Daily Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. – In the fall of 1963, the management of the Kopperston No. 1 coal mine decided they no longer needed Paul Hill Sr. He had lost jobs before. But the veteran miner had worked at the Wyoming County site long enough to allow for the hope of a little job security. Now that security was gone, and he was left with a pregnant wife, five children and few options. With nowhere else to go, Hill returned his family to their farm in Lincoln County. There was no plumbing, little money and just enough food…

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