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Wyoming East High School Students "Gear Up" for College at BSC's Beckley Campus in the Erma Byrd Center

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    Friday, October 21 2011
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu
wyoming_east_visit_bsc_at_hec Dr. Robin Ware, Bluefield State College Beckley Campus Coordinator, addresses Wyoming East High School students during their recent visit to BSC at the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center. The students' visit was a highlight of Wyoming East's participation in the West Virginia GEAR UP program, a federally-funded initiative designed to help students plan, apply, and pay for training after high school.

(Beckley)—More than 125 Wyoming East High School students visited Bluefield State College at the Erma Byrd Center in Beckley, taking advantage of an opportunity to meet BSC faculty, staff, and administrators and learn about educational opportunities beyond high school.

The students’ visit was a highlight of Wyoming East’s participation in the West Virginia GEAR UP program, a federally-funded initiative designed to help students plan, apply, and pay for training after high school.

“The students were actively engaged in the program,” observed Dr. Robin Ware, Beckley Campus Coordinator.  They interacted with admissions, and financial aid staff, nursing and radiologic technology faculty, and others during their two hours on campus.  It was a pleasure to work with the students, principal Barry Smith, and assistant principal Steven Walls.”

West Virginia GEAR UP is designed to increase the academic performance and rigorous preparation of students for participation in postsecondary education, while also opening the door to college and other postsecondary education opportunities for students whose education might otherwise end after high school.