Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Governor McDonnell Announces Virginia College Application Week

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English: The state seal of Virginia. Српски / Srpski: Застава америчке савезне државе Вирџиније. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Declares November 18-22 Virginia College Application Week

RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell today announced Virginia College Application Week (VCAW) at 32 Virginia high schools and proclaimed November 18-22 College Application Week in the Commonwealth. This initiative is designed to provide graduating high school seniors with information and resources about the college admissions process and encourages students to apply to at least one higher education institution, during the week. Virginia College Application Week is co-sponsored with the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia.

“By ensuring that we have the educated workforce needed to fill the top jobs of the 21st Century, we better prepare ourselves to compete in an ever-changing global economy,” said Governor Bob McDonnell.  “The college application process is a critical first step in this process.” 

VCAW invites all students to learn about the variety of higher education offerings across the Commonwealth and offers hands-on support to the Class of 2014 at the participating schools to apply to Virginia's world-class higher education institutions. The initiative will help support the Commonwealth’s goal of awarding 100,000 additional undergraduate degrees to Virginians over the next 15 years.

“Completion of a post-secondary degree first begins with the submission of an application.  I’m pleased to again support this initiative which will encourage high school seniors to be hands-on about their future,” said Secretary of Education Laura Fornash.

Students and counselors have access to a website created specifically for the select VCAW participants to explore, prepare and apply to college. Each site must allow all eligible seniors an opportunity, during the school day, to apply to college with the support of the administration, volunteers, and college and university representatives. The 32 high school sites receive college promotional materials, application fee waivers, event fliers and informational posters and brochures to help carry out this new annual initiative and remove barriers to accessing higher education. Support is funded through state funds and the U.S. Department of Education College Access Challenge Grant, administered by SCHEV.

“The great thing about this particular effort is that it shows students exactly how to fill out a college application,” said SCHEV Director Peter Blake. “That’s extremely important for students who may be qualified to attend college but intimidated by the application process.”

College Application Week first began as "College Application Day," a pilot program of GEAR UP North Carolina in 2005. Since then it has evolved into statewide initiatives coordinated in over 24 states across the nation and the District of Columbia. Virginia joined the effort in 2012 with a pilot event servicing 16 high schools. This year’s event doubles high school site participation and seeks to support almost 7,000 of Virginia’s high school Class of 2014.

The Governor's College Application Week proclamation can be found here.

The 32 participating high schools include:

High School
School Division
Achievable Dream Middle/High School
Newport News City
Armstrong High School
Richmond City
Brunswick High School
Brunswick County
Central High School
Lunenburg County
Denbigh High School
Newport News City
Eastern Montgomery High School
Montgomery County
Franklin High School
Franklin City
Freedom High School
Prince William County
Galax High School
Galax City
Galileo Magnet High School
Danville City
Gar-Field High School
Prince William County
George Washington High School
Danville City
George Wythe High School
Richmond City
Greensville County High School
Greensville County
Hampton High School
Hampton City
Harrisonburg High School
Harrisonburg City
Heritage High School (Lynchburg)
Lynchburg City
Heritage High School (Newport News)
Newport News City
Hopewell High School
Hopewell City
Highland Springs High School
Henrico County
Huguenot High School
Richmond City
I.C. Norcom High School
Portsmouth City
John Marshall High School
Richmond City
Martinsville High School
Martinsville City
Nottoway High School
Nottoway County
Petersburg High School
Petersburg City
Phoebus High School
Hampton City
Prince Edward County High School
Prince Edward County
Sussex Central High School
Sussex County
Twin Valley High School
Buchanan County
Washington and Lee High School
Westmoreland County
Woodrow Wilson High School
Portsmouth  City

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