K-12 Access Projects
The WVACHE awards two-year Access Project grants to high schools throughout West Virginia on a competitive basis for activities that encourage students to consider and prepare for college. Access grantees provide career planning and financial aid resources, field trips to businesses and college campuses, guest speakers and other resources to help students and parents make informed decisions, starting as early as 5th grade.
By submitting an Access Project proposal, schools are committing to implement all components of the highly successful model program developed by Mr. Pat Cadle, former guidance counselor at Newcomerstown High School in Tuscarawas County. Using this model, Newcomerstown High School increased its college-going rate from 28 percent to 72 percent in only three years. The model has been successfully replicated in numerous schools in West Virginia including Buckhannon Upshur High School, where the college-going rate rose from a 19-percent pre-intervention rate to 79 percent in 2006.
Key to the success of any Access Project is total school buy-in from administrators, teachers, support staff (including bus drivers, cooks and custodial personnel) and students. A successful application will demonstrate the authentic buy-i8n of all these groups to the proposed project.
Grant proposals are solicited every other year, and projects may receive funding for up to two years, depending on the availability of funding. The most recent WVACHE Access Project grant cycle took place in Spring 2007.