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Media Alert: 1,400 students to attend ‘GEAR UP’ Student Leadership Academy in Charleston

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — More than 1,400 11th-grade students from across West Virginia who are participating in the West Virginia GEAR UP program on Wednesday will attend a leadership academy to inform students of college options and empower them to take charge of their futures.

West Virginia GEAR UP is a federally funded college readiness project coordinated by the Higher Education Policy Commission. The project serves students in 10 counties, including Boone, Fayette, Mason, Mercer, Mingo, Nicholas, Summers, Webster, Wirt and Wyoming counties.

 

When:

Wednesday, October 17 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

What:

A leadership academy to inform students of college options and empower them to take charge of their futures. West Virginia GEAR UP will host a leadership academy featuring a keynote from EJ Carrion, an award-winning motivational speaker and co-founder/CEO of the Student Success Agency, which pairs teens with near-peer advisors to transition successfully from high school to college. Brenda King, Executive Director of Admissions and Recruitment at West Liberty University, will provide students with an overview of the university, including its program offerings and the admissions steps students can take to enroll once they graduate from high school.

Agenda:

10 AM: Opening remarks featuring Carolyn Long, Interim Chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and Dr. Sarah Tucker, Chancellor of the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia

10:15 AM: Keynote presentation from nationally renowned speaker EJ Carrion

11:15 AM: Scholarship awards ceremony

11:45 AM: Closing remarks

 

Who:

More than 1,400 eleventh grade students participating in the West Virginia GEAR UP program. West Virginia GEAR UP is a federally funded college readiness project coordinated by the Higher Education Policy Commission. The project serves students in ten counties, including Boone, Fayette, Mason, Mercer, Mingo, Nicholas, Summers, Webster, Wirt and Wyoming counties.

 

Where:

The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, Maier Foundation Performance Hall, Charleston, W.Va.

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