The State Department of Education, community college system, and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission collaborate for the Student Success Summit.
The Summit looks at the education system from elementary school through college. Its goal is to better serve students so they're more likely to finish high school and go into post-secondary training. Students and educators from around the state attended the event, started August 5 and will continue August 6.
Scott High School Higher Education Readiness Officers, or HEROs, went to learn how to better their outreach program lead by students.
"We want to get a college going culture into our community and through out school," said Kendyl Ryan, a Scott High School Senior and member of HEROs. "Because we do live in a rural area, so we want to promote kids going on to college. Not just college but post secondary education."
There are a number of courses for people to take and learn about.
"We have 64 break out sessions," said Adam Green, from the West Virginia High Education Policy Commission. "Those are sessions ranging on what you need to do in elementary school to get your kids already started thinking about college to the best way to get students to move through the pipeline once they are already enrolled on college."
The military cooperation is also very important at the summit.
"Because a number of our students, young men and women, are looking to the military," Deb Hartshorn, from 'Gear Up' in Wirt County, said. "So I think that their presence with the emphasis on academics is really wonderful. I think that Dr. Phares' opening statement, talking about collaborating, talking about real stories from the classroom to the educators in the room, was really helpful."
The HERO students said that they aren't only interested in helping their peers.
"We just want to find more ways to help not only our school but our community and the younger kids," Ryan said.
"I think that it's important to know, any student watching this, college is a priority. It's not just an option it's a priority," said Ikie Brooks, also a Scott High School HERO student.
Other event programs included iPad workshops, and helping students with their financial plans for post-secondary schooling.
The summit is very online-oriented and has a collaboration with The College Foundation of West Virginia. Click the link to plan, apply and pay for college classes.