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W.Va. pilot offering text-based college counseling

September 16, 2013
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Higher Education Commission is launching a pilot program that offers text message counseling and college preparatory assistance.

The program announced Sunday by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Chancellor Paul Hill is funded through a $225,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation.

This fall, high school seniors attending one of the 14 participating high schools can receive the college-planning text messages. Students will be able to communicate by way of text message with their high school counselor, or a college admissions or financial aid representative associated with participating colleges.

They are Bluefield State College, Concord University, Marshall University and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

The 14 participating high schools include Clay County High School, Mingo Central, Tug Valley high, Wirt County high, Wyoming County East High, among others.



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