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2022 Student Success Summit   
Framing West Virginia's Future Together
A P-20 Collaborative Event 
 
The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, West Virginia Community and Technical College System, and the West Virginia Department of Education are pleased to announce that the 2022 Student Success Summit will be held July 13th and 14th at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center located in Charleston, WV. The Student Success Summit is a collaborative event focusing on creating seamless and supportive lifelong learning systems for our state's students. 
The Summit is appropriate for anyone interested in supporting student development and achievement, including educators, counselors, and administrators from the pre-school, elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education systems; workforce development professionals; community development specialists; business and community leaders; military; parents; and students!
There is no cost to attend the Summit; however, travel, lodging, and event parking expenses, are the responsibility of the participant.  The event is being held at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center. 

ROOMS
Rooms are limited; please be timely in making your reservations.  Due to the busy time of year and all the wonderful events taking place in Charleston, additional rooms will not be requested as there will not be any additional to be requested.  Thank you for your attention to this detail and your understanding. 

To see a list of hotels offering conference rates, please visit: https://www.cfwvconnect.com/student-success-summit/hotel-information/

There are many other hotels in the Charleston area.  However, we cannot guarantee their availability or their quoted rates.  To view other local lodging options, please visit https://charlestonwv.com/places-to-stay/.

PARKING
Please note that individuals are personally responsible for parking costs at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center.  Parking is $5.00/day.  Other options include walking from your hotel or parking at the Charleston Town Center Mall parking garage for $1.75/day. There is NO parking validation.

CEUS
Continuing education units for school counselors will be offered through the West Virginia Department of Education. Certificates of participation will be available for all attendees who complete an event survey online.  The number of CEU hours will be determined closer to the time of the event. All CEU questions may be directed to:
Stephanie Hayes at Stephanie.Hayes@k12.wv.us and Kelly Mordecki at KMordecki@k12.wv.us

SCHEDULE
Early registration and conference check-in will begin at 3 p.m. on July 12th and continue until 7 p.m.
The conference will begin at 8:15 a.m. on July 13th and continue until 4:30 p.m. Check-in and a light breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m.
Keynote speakers will be announced in the coming days. 
On July 14th, the conference will begin at 8:15 a.m. and conclude at 2 p.m. Check-in and a light breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. that morning.
Event Online Program: TBA
Space is available for up to 500 participants. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. You must register by July 1, 2022 to attend.

Topics for the Summit include the following:
  • Adult Basic Education; 
  • Attendance, Behavior, and Course Performance; 
  • Attracting and Serving Adult Learners; 
  • Behavior and Mental Health; 
  • Bullying Prevention; 
  • Career and Technical Education; 
  • Career Exploration and Preparation;
  • College Access and Awareness Initiatives; 
  • Community Engagement; 
  • Early Grades Instruction and Transition; 
  • Early Warning Indicators; 
  • Effective Mentoring Models (including peer-to-peer models); 
  • Exemplary Programs; 
  • Financial Aid Awareness and Instruction; 
  • Grant Writing; 
  • Higher Grades Instruction and Transition; 
  • IEPS for ALL Students; 
  • Mental Health on Campus;
  • Middle Grades Instruction and Transition; 
  • Military Partnerships; 
  • Multiple Pathways to Completing Education; 
  • Overcoming Social/Emotional Barriers; 
  • Parent and Family Engagement; 
  • Partnership Building; 
  • Postsecondary Instruction and Transition; 
  • Student Engagement; 
  • Student Voice; 
  • System-Wide Student Support and/or Inter-System Collaboration; 
  • Transitions for Students with Disabilities; 
  • Transitions Bridge Programs; 
  • Utilizing Data Effectively; and
  • Workforce Development.
 
Register for the Student Success Summit
INFORMATION FOR EXHIBITORS:

Public, non-profit, and for-profit organizations are invited to exhibit during the entirety of the 2022 Student Success Summit.  The Exhibitors' Hall is the only opportunity for organizations (nonprofit and for-profit), colleges, and universities to exhibit during this conference.
There is a charge to exhibit during the Summit:
For-profit organizations: $100
Non-profit organizations, colleges, and universities: $25
Exhibitor Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2022-student-success-summit-exhibitor-registration-tickets-272777654307
Details:
  • Those wishing to have an exhibit in the Exhibitors' Hall should register at the link above. 
  • Exhibitors will be provided with a single 8' display table and table linens. Outlets will not be provided. 
  • Each exhibit must be staffed during the duration of the Student Success Summit.
  • Space is limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • There is a fee to exhibit during the Exhibitors' Hall; additionally, all exhibitors are asked to donate door prizes of up to $25 in value for conference participants (examples include t-shirts, gift cards, mousepads, etc.). Door prizes must be mailed to Heather McChesney (1018 Kanawha Boulevard East, Suite 700 Charleston, WV 25301) no later than July 10th.
  • All individuals from a single organization should register as a group. 
  • Exhibitors who also plan to attend the Student Success Summit as conference participants should also reserve participant/presenter tickets at the link above. 
Exhibitor Set-Up Schedule: 
July 13, 2022, 7:00 am.
 
Exhibitor Registration
NEW CFWV Career Cluster Lessons

CFWV Connect, CFWV's resource hub, now has 8 new career cluster lessons available for the middle and early high school grades. Students may explore career clusters, pathways, careers, and programs and majors utilizing the tools provided by CFWV.

To locate the new lesson, visit, www.cfwvconnect.com. All curricula can be found under the Quick Links.
IMPORTANT DATES

April 1 - June 1: College Decision Day
April 15 - June 1: WV Nursing Scholarship Program Application Open
July 13-14: Student Success Summit
July 15: Underwood-Smith Teaching Scholars Application Opens
Senior Class Educators: Now is the time to review the ENROLLMENT CHECKLIST with your college-bound students.  Help them begin to transition from high school to life as a college freshman.
 
Enrollment Checklist
You’ve graduated and you have been accepted into college. Now, that is exciting! With that said, don’t let the summer heat drive away your decision to further your education! Use this checklist to help take the next steps in preparing for your life as a college student.

* Review your admission offers and compare financial aid packages to determine which institution is the best fit.
* You should notify all schools of your intent by May 1st if possible. Be sure to send your deposit to the school you wish to attend and ask your high school counselor to send your final transcripts to the institution in May or June.
* Once you have accepted an offer from the college, university, or career and technical center you would like to attend, you should receive information from the institution about orientation sessions, course scheduling, and required paperwork. If you have any questions during this process, you can reach out to your institution’s admissions office.
* Set up your student account with the institution. These instructions are usually found in your letter of admissions.
* Once you have set up your student account,
you will gain access to your college email. Through your college email, you will receive information regarding next steps.

To download the complete Transition 101 Guide, visit www.cfwvconnect.com
Help your students register for the
Monthly Scholarship & Financial Aid Updates Newsletter.
Often students and families do not always know how to read the financial aid award letters. It’s not always clear.College Ave Student Loan's video breaks down the different elements of the letter, and what other factors students and families should consider when reviewing and comparing them. For additional information about reading and understanding financial aid award letters: visit: https://www.collegeavestudentloans.com/resources/how-to-read-financial-aid-award-letter/
For additional tutorials and video resources, be sure to subscribe to CFWV's YouTube Channel.
For additional tutorials and video resources, be sure to subscribe to CFWV's YouTube Channel.
Roadmap to Behavior Health Careers in West Virginia
 
This virtual conference held March 30-31 provided students at the high school, undergraduate or graduate levels with information and tools to help in their exploration and pursuit of a career path in counseling, social work, psychology, or other behavioral health careers requiring advanced education.
Over 200 students from more than 25 high schools and colleges registered to attend live or to receive the recordings of panel presentations from the 30 student and professional speakers from around the state.
 
Session topics included
  • Student Perspectives: Why Behavioral Health Needs You    
  • Education and Career Panel: Working with Children, Youth, and Families
  • Multidisciplinary Case Study Panel
  • Education and Career Panel: Working with Adult Populations
  • How do I get there from here? Navigating Behavioral Health Pathways, Financial Aid and Loan Repayment
  • Surviving College Q&A Student Panel
 When asked about key takeaways from the event, one attendee responded “My key takeaway from this conference is that everyone in this profession helps individuals, but they each have their own talents in the field so finding yours is important.”  Another noted “I learned a lot about this field of work and what path to take,” And another student shared “My key take-aways from this conference is there is a great need for workers in the behavioral health field, people in this field must work together to better help their client (s), and there is not "right" path for people wanting to have a career in the behavioral health field.”
 
The conference recordings and handouts are now available on the Roadmap Roadmap Conference website, along with the Career Pathways Video Series, a library of over 50 short videos to help students explore careers in behavioral health, and the WV Mental and Behavioral Health Pathways Guide  a downloadable flipbook highlighting educational options with tips and tools for students of any age.
 
All student conference materials and videos, pathways resources, career exploration tools, scholarship and loan repayment info, as well as materials for professionals invested in workforce development are housed on the new BehavioralHealthWorkforceWV.com. This site also houses workforce data dashboards containing West Virginia behavioral health workforce supply, demand, and pipeline data. All resources have been compiled through the Behavioral Health Initiative, a growing effort of the Health Sciences Division at West Virginia's Higher Education Policy Commission and Community & Technical College System that is aimed at growing the state's behavioral health workforce.

Career Pathways Video Series: Exploring the Human Services Cluster

In this video, Heather with College for West Virginia (CFWV) gives an overview of how students at high school, undergraduate and graduate levels can use the tools on CFWV to explore educational options within the Human Services cluster. Tools include career outlook, videos, salary details and more.

Txt-4-Success: Class of 2022

Senior teachers and counselors, it is time to begin registering your students for the Txt-4-Success initiative! The text messages sent to students serve as general college reminders and advice, such as key deadlines and regular check-ins to make sure students are transitioning well into college life. Students attending one of our partner institutions will receive additional messages specific to their college. Additionally, students who opt-in to the service can text at any time to have any of their college questions answered by a college access advisor Monday - Friday during business hours.

CFWV is an initiative managed by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.

Behavioral health Workforce Pipeline Grant Opportunity
 
Background

The Behavioral Health Initiative, a project of the Division of Health Sciences at HEPC, has a limited amount of funding to help support and sustain the behavioral health workforce in West Virginia. Pipeline programs have been effectively used in STEM and health science professions to increase their workforce by engaging students into these fields, and behavioral health is increasingly recognized as part of healthcare. West Virginia is facing a behavioral health crisis that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. This crisis has put the emergency management services in the state under strain. A more robust behavioral health workforce is needed to implement more community- based services to take the strain off of the emergency management system and to meet the behavioral health needs of children, adults and families.

Purpose

The purpose of this grant is to increase pipeline programming that helps K-12 students learn about behavioral health professions. This grant is aimed at increasing the workforce through pipeline programming. Funds will be awarded to programs aimed at helping WV middle and high school students to discover and explore behavioral health professions, with preference given to focus on social work, counseling, and psychology pathways.

Proposals must be submitted by May 4th, 2022 and all funds must be expended by September 30, 2022.

Request for Proposal for eligibility and application details.

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