WVU To Offer Free Workshop Aimed At Preparing Students For College

September 19, 2006

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ High school guidance counselors, teachers, principals and other educators across the state are encouraged to register for West Virginia University’s third education summit, “Partnering with West Virginia’s Educators,” set for Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006, at 2:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites in Charleston.  

The WVU summit will offer a forum for those in secondary education in West Virginia to share best practices, discuss preparation for higher education with WVU faculty and administrators and examine academic challenges and goals with colleagues.  

The workshops are targeted to educators interested in improving support services for students inside and outside the classroom, as well as offering high school students highly targeted guidance for college entrance.  

Speakers include West Virginia First Lady Gayle Manchin and Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine, who is expected to speak about the importance of 21st century skills and introduce Mrs. Manchin.  

Other speakers include WVU President David C. Hardesty Jr. and Carolyn Atkins, a WVU speech pathology professor and 2005 Carnegie Professor of the Year who is renowned for her instruction in honing public speaking skills. Catherine Yura, director of WVU’s Carruth Center for Counseling and Psychological Services, will talk on preparing young people for college and personal autonomy and Earl Scime, an award-winning, nationally acclaimed WVU professor of physics, will speak on the power of mentorship.  

At 5:45 p.m., Superintendent Paine will introduce Mrs. Manchin, who is expected to talk about the importance of each West Virginia child receiving a high quality education. Her address will be followed by dinner.  

Cost of the summit is being underwritten by WVU, but parking is not included. Reservations are limited and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  

To register, email WVU_Summit@mail.wvu.edu by Oct. 12. For additional information, visit www.wvu.edu and click on the education summit icon, or call Sue Davis at 304-293-3837. Overnight accommodations can be made by calling the Embassy Suites and asking for the WVU rate.  

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