PCS High Schools Receive WV HEPC Award

PCS High Schools Receive WV HEPC Inaugural Award
Posted on 10/07/2019
Poca High School and Winfield High School Receive WV Higher Education Policy Commission Inaugural Award

Principals, counselors, and staff from Poca High School and Winfield High School were recognized in September, along with 22 other WV high schools, for their efforts in making students aware of higher education opportunities after graduation. 


The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission presented their inaugural “Champion of College Access and Success” recognition award to schools that go the extra mile to help students and families plan for college. 


Dr. Steven L. Paine, state superintendent of schools, said, “Congratulations to the Champion schools that are the first to be honored with this award. The high schools must be commended for their commitment to making sure students not only have an understanding of their post-secondary options, but also have a plan and strategy for achieving these goals after high school,” he said. “I look forward to the continued spirit of collaboration between the Department of Education and the Higher Education Policy Commission in reaching this lofty goal. I know when we all work together, West Virginians can do anything.”


For high schools to be considered a Champion of College Access and Success, they must participate in three college-planning milestone events during the school year:

  1. College Application and Exploration Week
  2. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Completion Campaign
  3. College Decision Day Event


Each of these milestones has specific components to help college-bound students in West Virginia make the transition to college. The Higher Education Policy Commission provides financial aid and college application information, training, and support to high schools, as well as event-planning assistance.


Congratulations to both Poca and Winfield High School! 


For more information about Champions of College Access and Success and college planning events, visit the College Foundation of West Virginia’s website at cfwvconnect.com/champion. The College Foundation of West Virginia, the student services face of the Higher Education Policy Commission, is a partner in West Virginia’s Climb. For more information about The Climb, visit www.wvclimb.com.