Originally published on the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s website on January 19, 2017. CHARLESTON, W.VA. — Brenda Smith, a counselor at Westside High School in Wyoming County, has been working with students for more than 30 years. Her experience has taught her that when students feel like they are part of something bigger, they are far more likely … Read More
For young people, having a trusted, caring adult in their corner can mean everything. While this sentence used to be a common-sense assumption, it is now supported by strong research-based evidence. According to the National Mentoring Partnership, at-risk youth1 who have a mentor in their lives experience numerous benefits, like being more likely than their peers to hold leadership roles … Read More
Originally published in the Independent Herald on December 4, 2015. Pineville Middle School is hosting a free workshop on Thursday, December 10, to help eighth grade students and their families learn about budgeting, finances and paying for college. The event is sponsored by West Virginia GEAR UP, a federally funded program to help students pursue some form of education and ... Read More
Share this PostThis article was posted in the Register-Herald on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 By Sarah Plummer REGISTER-HERALD REPORTER The College Foundation of West Virginia is recognizing 32 high schools in West Virginia that have met or exceeded the state’s 2015 goal for increasing the number of 12th-graders who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA). Several local ... Read More
More than 1,300 eighth graders attended the West Virginia ‘GEAR UP’ Student Leadership Academy held yesterday at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences. ‘GEAR UP,’ which stands for “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs,” is a federally funded college readiness program coordinated by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. During the event, students learned about ... Read More
West Virginia GEAR UP hosted its first "Mascot Mania" dance-off competition during the 2015 Student Leadership Academy.
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Video playlist: 2015 National GEAR UP Conference Use the browse button in the top left corner of the video player to browse among all conference videos.
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