College Application and Exploration Week
West Virginia's fourth annual College Application and Exploration Week will be held across the state October 14 through 18, 2013!
College Application and Exploration Week is a fun and collaborative outreach effort that helps schools and communities embrace a culture of college readiness and exploration. The week is intended to encourage students — particularly low-income students, first-generation students and/or adult learners (under-served populations) — to explore their options for college and to submit college applications.
Elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and adult basic education and SPOKES classes may register to be an official College Application and Exploration Week site for 2013. Participating schools and classes must register by September 13.
Colleges and universities are encouraged to support the efforts of our K12 and adult basic education and SPOKES sites. Colleges may register as a site only if they plan to work through an ABE or SPOKES class to host.
Requirements for Participation:
College Application and Exploration Week sites must meet at least three basic requirements:
- Provide computer lab time to allow 12th grade (or adult) students to explore college options and submit college applications. Seventh through 11th grade students can explore career and college options using the state's free college-planning website, www.cfwv.com. Students younger than 7th grade can complete other college-awareness activities (ideas will be included in your event-planning kit).
- Host one or more schoolwide activities to increase awareness of the importance of planning for education and training beyond high school.
- Complete the required site coordinator survey (after the event), which allows CFWV to evaluate the event's impact.
Additionally, schools are encouraged to host a variety of fun activities aimed at building excitement about the college exploration process and informing students of postsecondary options. Site leaders will be provided with an event planning and idea kit.
Why Sign Up?
Participating sites will receive resources to help fuel a culture of college-readiness in their schools and communities. Sites will receive:
- An event-planning and idea kit, containing step-by-step instructions for hosting a successful College Application and Exploration Week event.
- College-planning materials to help students understand and complete the college exploration and application processes.
- College-themed door prizes for students.
- Promotional items to spread awareness about your event and the importance of early college-planning.
- A certificate of commendation, statewide recognition (maybe including media coverage!), and bragging rights.
- The satisfaction of helping underserved students take a proactive approach to planning and preparing for their future.
Why This Matters:
- By 2018, 49 percent of all jobs in West Virginia will require a postsecondary degree. However, only 27 percent of West Virginians have earned an associate's degree or higher. (Georgetown University, Center on Education and the Workforce)
- Every year in the U.S. more than 600,000 qualified students graduate from high school but fail to go on to college to earn a two-year or four-year degree within eight years after graduation. Most are from low- and middle-income families. (Georgetown University, Center on Education and the Workforce)
- In general, students from low-income families attend and graduate from four-year colleges at half the rate of those from affluent families, even when the students are equally qualified. (Georgetown University, Center on Education and the Workforce)
- “I didn’t think I could go to college... I never thought I’d even get accepted. But I applied during College Application Week because we were trying to get the whole senior class to apply. A few weeks later, I got a letter from Glenville saying I was accepted, and I talked to a counselor there. Now I’ve even got financial aid, and I’m going!”
- Sherman High School student who applied during the 2010 College Application Week pilot program.
About: The College Foundation of West Virginia (CFWV) and its many partners are proud to coordinate West Virginia’s College Application Week initiative as part of the larger national effort coordinated by the American Council on Education. West Virginia's College Application and Exploration Week is supported by the work of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education, the West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, West Virginia GEAR UP, West Virginia's TRiO programs and many others.