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2022 Student Success Summit
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The Student Success Summit, co-sponsored by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the West Virginia Department of Education with support from the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education, is a statewide conference focusing on creating seamless, supportive, and lifelong learning systems for West Virginia’s students. The 2022 Summit will be held July 13-14, 2022 at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center in Charleston, WV.

Anyone working to improve educational outcomes in West Virginia is encouraged to attend. This includes individuals working in the fields of elementary and secondary education, postsecondary education, career and technical education, military service and training, workforce development, college access and success, and student and family services.

Registration for the Student Success Summit will open in March of 2022. Please note: presenters and Gallery Walk participants must also register as conference participants.

Registration for the Student Success Summit Vendor Displays, which will take place throughout the entire two days, will open in March of 2022.

Hotel reservation information will be provided in March of 2022.  Blocks of rooms at  select Charleston hotels will be available to Student Success Summit registrants at a discounted conference rate on a first-come, first-served basis.

Information about past Student Success Summits
West Virginia’s College Decision Day initiative is part of a growing national effort to celebrate seniors for their postsecondary plans.

About this event

West Virginia’s College Decision Day initiative is part of a growing national effort to celebrate seniors for their postsecondary plans and assist them and their families in enrolling in and transitioning to college. 

College Decision Day WV is one of West Virginia’s three statewide college-planning milestone events that, along with College Application and Exploration Week and statewide FAFSA completion events, help guide 12th grade students and their families in planning, applying and paying for college. High schools that participate in all three activities and complete the required post-event surveys will be recognized in Fall 2022 as a CFWV Champion of College Access and Success.

Schools across West Virginia are invited to join us in this effort by registering as an official CFWV College Decision Day site. Schools that register will be included in a statewide news release, to be distributed the week following the registration deadline, recognizing the effort and local schools' participation. 

Requirements for participation: 

The College Decision Day effort encompasses two primary components:

  1. A celebration to recognize students who have chosen to pursue some form of postsecondary education, including two-year or four-year degree programs, certificate or workforce training programs, career and technical programs, and military service.
  2. A workshop or presentation to assist students and families in enrolling in and transitioning to college programs.  

Both components must be present for an event to be recognized as an official College Decision Day event. Additionally, the event must occur sometime between April 1 and June 1. Participating schools must register no later than April 1, 2022. Please note, schools that register by March 15, 2022, will receive a printed copy of the College Decision Day toolkit.   Event coordinators at participating schools must also complete a brief online survey within 7 days following their local event.


April 15: Higher Education Grant Deadline
April 1 - June 1: College Decision Day
July 13-14: Student Success Summit
July 15: Underwood-Smith Teaching Scholars Application Opens
College for West Virginia will host a SAT Boot Camp for juniors and seniors on March 21st from 9:00 to 11:00 am.  The Boot Camp will be held virtually via the Zoom platform and registration is open to the first 500 who register.  The SAT Boot Camp is specifically geared toward test taking strategies to help students increase their SAT scores.  Students who participate and complete a participation questionnaire will be eligible to win one of two $500 scholarships.  The registration is now live, and the event is FREE.
Teachers, counselors, and other coordinators may register entire classes or groups to view together as one registration.  Students are allowed to register as an independent, but as it states on the registration site, they must work with their school staff to plan for participation during the school day (unless they are on break during this time). 
Help your students register for the
Monthly Scholarship & Financial Aid Updates Newsletter.
Roadmap to Behavioral Health Careers
Virtual Student Conference
March 30-31

Join students from across the state to learn about educational opportunities leading to careers in mental and behavioral health
About this event
This virtual conference provides students at the high school, undergraduate and graduate levels with information and tools to help in their exploration and pursuit of a career path in counseling, social work, psychology, and other behavioral health careers requiring advanced education. The conference will be held virtually March 30-31, beginning at noon each day.

Students attending the conference will hear from panelists discussing their educational and career paths, as well as a case discussion from multidisciplinary perspectives, peer-to-peer tips for thriving in undergraduate and graduate education, and more.
As part of the event, we will be posting a series of short videos highlighting educational programs and opportunities in WV.

Can't attend live? Register and get notified when recordings of live content are available.
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.
National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers in partnership with Lockheed Martin are awarding TWO new 2022 STEM Vocational Student Scholarships
Lockheed Martin's Vocational Scholarship Program is awarding $5,000 to up to 150 students! Lockheed Martin is looking for students of all ages who are preparing for careers in technology, engineering, and advanced manufacturing at a U.S. accredited community or technical college. Eligible students must be U.S. citizens pursuing an associates degree, credit-bearing certificate, or industry-recognized credential.

More information and the application can be found on the program website.
Program Website
The Education Alliance, in partnership with West Virginia GEARUP, is excited to offer FREE, 1-hour VIRTUAL COLLEGE VISITS to middle school students in April. West Virginia schools can take students on virtual visits of two-year and four-year colleges across the state.

Learn more about 2022 West Virginia College Visits.

Schools can "visit" a different college campus virtually every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Download the calendar here.

Registration for the Middle School visits is now open.

Virtual visits provide a free and fun opportunity for students to experience a college campus tour.
Register for Visits
CFWV: The Social Press Kit
There's no reason to reinvent the wheel! Welcome to the CFWV Social Press Kit, a ready-made social media & marketing materials resouce for colleges, universities, high schools & partners across West Virginia promoting West Virginia's state-sponsored financial aid programs that offer more than $100 million per year to support students pursuing postsecondary education. Additional resources cover campus mental health & apprenticeship opportunities.  Take your social media to the next level.
The Social Press Kit

#WVSolutions Seekers Statewide Leadership Conference

The #WVSolutions Seekers Student Leadership Conference is part of Small Communities, BIG Solutions. We welcome West Virginia high school juniors and seniors, college and training program students statewide to participate. In 2020, over 250 students joined virtually for a jam-packed day of programming. This conference gives students the opportunity to meet state leaders, learn about our state, make lifelong connections and receive tips on how to prioritize and care for yourself and your community. For more information about the April 2022 #WVSolutions Seekers Student Leadership Conference, visit:

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.

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Stay in the know.  Please follow CFWV on all of our social media platforms.  Invite your students to do the same.  Should you or your students need to contact a CFWV or Financial Aid Representative, please do not hesitate to do so via our social media platforms or call toll free, 1-877-987-7664.
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