National Initiative Plans Eight State Workshops To Help State’s Students Enroll In College, Concord Workshop July 7-10

For Immediate Release: 
May 25 2005

National Initiative Plans Eight State Workshops To Help State’s Students Enroll In College, Concord Workshop July 7-10

Athens, W.Va. – College Summit, a leading national non-profit, will be conducting eight workshops for up to 340 rising high school seniors this summer to ensure that West Virginia students who can make it in college actually make it to college.

According to Randy Shillingburg, director of development for College Summit West Virginia, the organization will sponsor eight four-day workshops at the following colleges and universities this summer: Concord University and Fairmont State University, July 7-10; Marshall University, July 14-17; West Virginia University, July 21-24; University of Charleston and West Virginia State University, July 28-31; Bluefield State College, August 4-7; and Ohio Valley College August 11-14.

“We are proud to be partnering with these colleges and universities to help West Virginia students bridge the gap between high school and post-secondary education,” Shillingburg said. “At our workshops, students complete an on-line college application, receive quality one-on-one college counseling and write a personal statement they can utilize for scholarships or as an entrance essay for college. We inundate students with resources in order to instill in them the belief that they are ‘college material,’ while providing them with the ‘know how’ to get to college.”

"College Summit is a vitally important program for students from the Mid-Atlantic region of the nation. It is the type of program that can make all the difference for a student and his or her future educational endeavors. Concord University applauds both the students and staff of College Summit for their commitment to excellence in higher education,” stated Michael S. Curry, vice president for admissions and financial aid.

College Summit is a comprehensive “college transition system” that includes intensive summer workshops, a comprehensive curriculum guide to lead students through the high school-to-life transition, and on-line tools to help students and educators effectively and efficiently manage the transition process.

Interested students are asked to contact the guidance counselor in their high schools for information.

For more information about College Summit, log onto its website at or call College Summit West Virginia at 1-304-346-1981.


CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679, extension 6086 if special assistance or help is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.