West Virginia’s Higher Education Policy Commission relies on our state’s high schools to ensure that students who choose college are well prepared. This is a goal that too many schools struggle to achieve. But some are “Champions of College Access and Achievement,” according to the HEPC – 16 honored as such this year.
These are schools that go above and beyond to help students and their families learn about their post-high school opportunities and make a plan. The state as a whole is still working towards Governor Jim Justice’s goal of achieving 60% post-secondary graduation.
“These 16 Champion Schools have worked hard to help students prepare for a certificate or diploma after graduation,” said Sarah Armstrong Tucker, Chancellor of Higher Education of West Virginia. “We must all work together to help students pursue their academic goals and ensure that our state’s workforce remains competitive. I want to thank these schools for going the extra mile to help their students discover the many education and training opportunities they have here in West Virginia.
Among the 16 schools honored was John Marshall High School in Marshall County. Kudos to the teachers and administrators who are doing so much for our children, including participating in College Nominations and Exploration Week, completing a free application for the Federal Student Aid Campaign, and hosting a Canadian Student Aid event. College decision day.
We owe it to those for whom a college education is the best next step to give them every chance of success. It’s wonderful to know that some schools in West Virginia are doing just that.