Thirty-eight high schools across West Virginia recognized for strong efforts to help students plan for education or training after graduation 

Principals, counselors and staff from the 38 Champions of College Access and Success gathered for an awards ceremony in Charleston.

Principals and counselors receive ‘Champion of College Access and Success’ Awards 

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Principals, counselors, and staff from 38 high schools across West Virginia were recognized yesterday at the West Virginia Culture Center for their schools’ efforts to inform students of higher education opportunities after graduation. The “Champion of College Access and Success” recognition awards are presented annually by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission) to select schools that go above and beyond to help students and their families plan for education or training after high school. This is the largest number of schools to ever receive the honor.

Dr. Sarah Armstrong Tucker, West Virginia’s Chancellor of Higher Education, said staff at high schools across the state work diligently to help their students reach higher; however, the schools recognized this year have exceeded expectations in helping their students understand the importance of post-secondary education and the opportunities that come with a degree or training beyond a high school diploma.  

With so many educational leaders gathered, and with the statewide college-going rate dropping to 45.9 percent for last year’s graduating class, Chancellor Tucker engaged attendees in a discussion around their students’ unique challenges around pursuing higher education and how their schools are working to overcome them. The conversation highlighted ideas that the Commission can work to share and scale statewide.   

“It was great to hear how these counselors, administrators, teachers and staff at our 38 Champion schools work hard to foster a future-focused culture within the school community,” she said. “It is so important that we share ideas and work together to help students pursue their academic goals and ensure our state’s workforce remains competitive. I want to thank these schools for going the extra mile to help students and their families discover the many post-secondary education and career pathways available for students in West Virginia.”  

For high schools to be considered a Champion of College Access and Success, they must participate in three planning milestone events during the school year: 

  1. College Application and Exploration Week 
  2. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Completion Campaign 
  3. College Decision Day Event 

Each of these milestones has specific components to help students in West Virginia continue their education after high school. The Commission, together with the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia (CTCS), provides financial aid and college application information, training and support to high schools, as well as event-planning assistance.  

The schools receiving the Champion recognition this year are: 

  1. Braxton County High School 
  2. Bridgeport High School 
  3. Buffalo High School 
  4. Cameron High School 
  5. Cross Lanes Christian School 
  6. Doddridge County High School 
  7. George Washington High School 
  8. Greenbrier East High School 
  9. Herbert Hoover High School 
  10. Hundred High School 
  11. Hurricane High School 
  12. Jefferson High School 
  13. Liberty High School (Raleigh) 
  14. Logan Senior High School 
  15. Man Senior High School 
  16. Martinsburg High School 
  17. Mingo Central Comprehensive High School 
  18. Mount View High School 
  19. Musselman High School 
  20. Nicholas County High School 
  21. Paw Paw High School 
  22. Pendleton County Middle/High School 
  23. Poca High School 
  24. Princeton High School 
  25. Ravenswood High School 
  26. Richwood High School 
  27. River View High School 
  28. Roane County High School 
  29. Scott High School 
  30. Shady Spring High School 
  31. Sherman High School 
  32. St. Marys High School 
  33. Tolsia High School 
  34. Tucker County High School 
  35. Tyler Consolidated High School 
  36. Wahama High School 
  37. West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind 
  38. Winfield High School 

In 2018, Gov. Jim Justice set the goal to have 60 percent of the state’s workforce prepared with a formal credential beyond high school by 2030. That statewide campaign, known as “West Virginia’s Climb,” is a collaborative effort among the Commission and CTCS, the West Virginia Department of Education, WorkForce West Virginia, and the private sector. 

For more information about Champions of College Access and Success and related initiatives, visit College for West Virginia, or CFWV, is the student services face of the Commission and CTCS and coordinates these activities.