College Application and Exploration Week

West Virginia's fifth annual College Application and Exploration Week will be held across the state October 20 through 24, 2014!

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 to explore their options for college and to submit college applications.

Sign Up!

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 2014. Participating schools and classes must register by September 5.

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.

Training Webinars:

CFWV will host three training webinars to help schools prepare to host successful College Application and Exploration Week events. The webinars will focus on sharing ideas and best practices for increasing college-related visibility and messaging in the school and building a college-going culture.

Webinar 1: All Grade Levels
August 27, 8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

This webinar will take a comprehensive look at best practices in promoting a schoolwide college-going culture and hosting a College Application and Exploration Week event.

Appropriate for: administrators, counselors, teachers, mentors, and other education professionals serving students in all grades, PK through adult basic education.

Register: http://bit.ly/1kBvMAS

Webinar 2: All Grade Levels
August 27, 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

This webinar will take a comprehensive look at best practices in promoting a schoolwide college-going culture and hosting a College Application and Exploration Week event.

Appropriate for: administrators, counselors, teachers, mentors, and other education professionals serving students in all grades, PK through adult basic education.

Register: http://bit.ly/1kBvMAS

Webinar 3: Elementary and Middle Schools
August 27, 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

This webinar will feature presenters from Union Elementary School and will focus on best practices in promoting a schoolwide college-going culture and hosting a College Application and Exploration Week event at the elementary and middle school level.

Appropriate for: administrators, counselors, teachers, mentors, and other education professionals serving students in elementary and middle schools.

Register: http://bit.ly/XhyXDL

Requirements for Participation:

College Application and Exploration Week sites must meet at least three basic requirements:
  1. 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).

  2. Host one or more schoolwide activities to increase awareness of the importance of planning for education and training beyond high school.

  3. 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.

  • 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.

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 American College Application Campaign 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.