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Higher Education Policy Commission Receives College-Readiness Grant

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Students in ten West Virginia counties are going to receive extra help preparing for college and career training programs.

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission will receive a $21 million grant to help students in the state. The U.S. Department of Education announced today that the Commission will be awarded the “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs or GEAR UP grant. It’s the second GEAR UP grant the HEPC has received. Jessica Kennedy is the Assistant Director of Communications for the HEPC.

“So it’s an access piece helping them find the appropriate path for them for college and find ways to get into college and we also help them succeed when they get there,” Kennedy said.

Through the grant the GEAR UP program will serve students in middle and high schools in:

  • Boone
  • Fayette
  • Mason
  • Mercer
  • Nicholas
  • Summers
  • Webster
  • Wirt
  • Wyoming

Students in the class of 2020 who are enrolled at eligible schools will receive services from the grant from their seventh grade year through their first year of college. 


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