New Project Uses Text Messaging to Prepare Students for College

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Some high school students in West Virginia will soon be able to prepare for college with the use of their cell phones.

A $225,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation will go toward launching a pilot project that offers counseling and college-readiness support to students via text message.

Starting this fall, high school seniors attending one of the 14 participating high schools can opt-in to receive college-planning text messages.

As part of this pilot project, students may also communicate via text message with their high school counselor, or a college admissions or financial aid representative associated with four participating colleges.

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

"As we work to prepare students for the 21st century economy, it only makes sense to include the use of today's technology in our communications and support efforts," W.Va. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said. "This pilot project, developed by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, holds much promise as it has the potential to offer students more personalized support and increased access to services which can help them succeed."

The following high schools are participating in this pilot program:
Clay County High School
Lincoln County High School
Mingo Central Comprehensive High School
Mount View High School
River View High School
Roane County High School
Scott High School
Sherman High School
Summers County High School
Tug Valley High School
Webster County High School
Westside High School
Wirt County High School
Wyoming County East High School.

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