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Governor declares this Virginia College Application Week at 16 pilot schools

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is kicking off an initiative at more than a dozen high schools to encourage the Class of 2013 to apply to college.

Gov. Bob McDonnell has designated this week as Virginia College Application Week at 16 pilot schools. Among the 16 is Washington and Lee High School in Westmoreland County.

McDonnell says the initiative will provide hands-on support for students to apply to any of Virginia’s 23 community colleges, 16 public colleges and universities and 33 independent colleges.

It also is an opportunity for all Virginia high school seniors to apply to at least one higher education institution.

Below is the full release from the governor’s office.

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RICHMOND - Governor Bob McDonnell today announced the Virginia College Application Week (VCAW) Pilot Initiative at 16 Virginia high schools and proclaimed November 26-30 College Application Week in the Commonwealth. This pilot initiative is designed to encourage graduating high school seniors to apply to any of Virginia’s 23 community colleges, 16 public colleges and universities and 33 independent colleges and provide a structured opportunity for all Virginia high school seniors to apply to at least one post-secondary institution. Virginia College Application week is co-sponsored with the State Council for Higher Education for Virginia and the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia.

“Applying to college is the first step on the path to earning the necessary skills to compete in the fast-paced, 21st Century global economy,” said Governor Bob McDonnell. “We must make sure that we have the highly educated workforce needed to fill the top jobs in the Commonwealth.”

Degree completion starts with an application. The initiative announced today helps to support the goals of the Top Jobs legislation, which included awarding 100,000 additional undergraduate degrees for Virginians over the next 15 years. VCAW invites all students to learn about the variety of higher education offerings across the Commonwealth and is designed to offer hands-on support to the Class of 2013 to apply to Virginia’s world-class higher education institutions.

“I am pleased to help launch Virginia College Application Week and support our 16 pilot high schools. This initiative will open doors for our students by encouraging them to take a significant step toward college in their senior year,” said Secretary of Education Laura Fornash.

The 16 pilot high schools include:

  • Council High School, Buchanan County
  • Petersburg High School, Petersburg City
  • Nottoway High School, Nottoway County
  • Cumberland High School, Cumberland County
  • Galileo Magnet High School, Danville City
  • George Washington High School, Danville City
  • Denbigh High School, Newport News City
  • An Achievable Dream High School, Newport News City
  • Heritage High School, Newport News City
  • Washington and Lee High School, Westmoreland County
  • Sussex Central High School, Sussex County
  • Heritage High School, Lynchburg City
  • Greenville High School, Greenville County
  • Hopewell High School, Hopewell City
  • Prince Edward High School, Prince Edward County
  • Freedom High School, Prince William County

Pilot schools are provided with resources to support the planning, promotion and kick-off of this first annual event. It is funded through the U.S. Department of Education College Access Challenge Grant, administered by SCHEV, and through state funds.

“Hands-on experiences make college real to students,” said SCHEV Director Peter Blake. “This pilot program does just that and we are proud to be a part of it.”

“College Application Week gives high school students the assistance and encouragement to pursue higher education. I urge high school students to explore all higher education options, both private and public. Virginia’s private colleges and universities work hard to provide an exceptional education at a reasonable cost,” said Robert Lambeth, President of the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia .

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 several statewide campaigns in states across the nation.

The Governor’s proclamation can be found here.

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