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WVU Extension announces new college-focused weekend for high schoolers

WVU Mountaineer mascot poses with four girls holding a flag with the flying WV and 4-H clover on it.

Registration is now open for a new weekend event for high school juniors and seniors who are interested in college, hosted by West Virginia University Extension. Let’s Go Weekend is a free, family-friendly college preparation event that will be held at WVU Jackson’s Mill on March 1-3.

There are 50 spots open for West Virginia students to attend this event. Students can come on their own, or their parents can join in and learn about college alongside them.

“We welcome all West Virginia juniors and seniors that want to take steps to prepare for the path they wish to take,” said Jason Burnside, WVU Extension 4-H camping specialist. “We are looking forward to hosting this new event at our state 4-H camp at WVU Jackson’s Mill to provide a relaxed atmosphere where we can help young people succeed.”

Students will participate in guided workshops to prepare for and complete the FAFSA, Promise Scholarship application and other scholarship opportunities. Attendees also will get the opportunity to apply to WVU and have their application fee waived.

Several other engaging workshops will cover everything from cooking nutritious meals in your dorm to practicing sound personal finance while in college.

“Moving from high school to college can be a stressful time and there is a lot of information to sort through, so this event is focused on helping high school students and their families prepare for that transition,” said Rachel Meininger, WVU Extension recruitment director. “Our goal is to help make that next step easier and provide resources for families to make them as successful as possible.”

Upon arrival at WVU Jackson’s Mill, students and their families will check in and attend a WVU tailgate-themed gathering with other attendees. This will give students the chance to meet their peers and will feature classic tailgate foods and games, a photo booth and the WVU Mountaineer mascot. There will be a welcome ceremony afterward.

On Saturday, there will be workshops for students and parents together in the morning and separately in the afternoon. This event will feature the WVU Statler College of Mining and Engineering, the WVU PurposeCenter, the WVU Extension financial literacy team, the WVU HUB, Upward Bound, a WVU student panel and college-themed games in the evening. All meals will be provided.

Everyone will gather one last time on Sunday for an overview session of the weekend and an opportunity to ask any remaining questions.

Registration is now open and will close on Feb. 14, 2024. 4-H members can register through their ZSuite accounts, and others can register at this link:

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CONTACT: Sydney Keener

Communications Specialist

WVU Extension