High schools across the state to celebrate college-bound

CHARLESTON – High schools across West Virginia will recognize their seniors who have committed to pursuing an education or training beyond high school.

More than 50 schools have registered to participate in the College Foundation of West Virginia’s (CFWV’s) annual statewide “College Decision Day” campaign. College Decision Day events provide educators and underclassmen the opportunity to celebrate seniors’ ambitions to continue their education beyond high school. College Decision Day events will happen statewide from April 15 through June 15.

Students who have committed to entering a certificate program, a career or technical program, a two- or four-year degree program, an apprenticeship program or military service will be recognized during College Decision Day events. Students’ families and friends along with members of the community are invited to attend.

Carolyn Long, Interim Chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission), praised seniors for embarking on a learning journey after high school.

“With all the pressures that come with being a high school senior, we’re impressed that so many members of the class of 2019 have planned ahead and committed to pursue a form of college after high school graduation,” said Long. “We are proud of these dedicated seniors and know they will accomplish the goals and ambitions they work hard toward.”

Dr. Sarah Tucker, Chancellor of West Virginia’s Community and Technical College System (CTCS), expressed the flexibility of pursuing postsecondary education for the class of 2019.

“Students today have more options than ever when thinking about college,” said Tucker. “Some students might prefer pursuing an associate degree from one of our state’s community and technical colleges while others might sign up for a formalized apprenticeship. The great thing about our colleges and universities in West Virginia is that no matter which career choice students have in mind, the state’s colleges and universities can help them get there.”

The following schools have registered to host a College Decision Day event:

• Bluefield High School

• Bridgeport High School

• Cameron High School

• Clay County High School

• Frankfort High School

• Hannan High School

• Hedgesville High School

• Herbert Hoover High School

• Hundred High School

• Huntington High School

• John Marshall High School

• Lewis County High School

• Liberty High School – Harrison

• Liberty High School – Raleigh

• Magnolia High School

• Martinsburg High School

• Meadow Bridge High School

• Midland Trail High School

• Mingo Central High School

• Montcalm High School

• Moorefield High School

• Mount View High School

• Musselman High School

• Nicholas County High School

• North Marion High School

• Oak Hill High School

• Paden City High School

• Parkersburg High School

• PikeView High School

• Poca High School

• Point Pleasant High School

• Randolph Technical Center

• Ravenswood High School

• Richwood High School

• River View High

• Saint Marys High School

• Scott High School

• Sherman High School

• Spring Valley High School

• Summers County High School

• Tug Valley High School

• Tyler Consolidated High School

• Valley High School

• Van Jr./Sr. High School

• Wahama High School

• Washington High School

• Webster County High School

• Weir High School

• Westside High School

• Winfield High School

• Wirt County High School

• Wyoming East High School

This initiative is one of CFWV’s three college-planning milestones. The first milestone, which is the statewide FAFSA Completion Campaign, began October 1 with the launch of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, and will continue through the April 15 deadline to complete the application in time to apply for the West Virginia Higher Education Grant Program. The next milestone is College Application & Exploration Week, which occurred last fall and prompted students of all ages to explore college options while assisting students who will attend college this fall in applying to their chosen schools. Schools that participate in all three milestones and meet other requirements will be recognized this fall as a CFWV Champion of College Access and Success.

To learn more about College Decision Day and to view a schedule of events happening statewide, visit www.cfwvconnect.com/college-decision-day.

CFWV is a statewide college readiness and career planning initiative managed by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia.

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