- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A $21 million federal grant will help students in 10 West Virginia counties prepare for college and career training programs.

The U.S. Department of Education says the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission is receiving a “GEAR UP” grant for the second consecutive year. GEAR UP is an acronym for “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs.”

The program offers students the opportunity to participate in free college tours, ACT and SAT test preparation workshops, tutoring, mentoring, financial aid workshops and college prep summer academies. It also offers college planning workshops for parents.

Counties served by the new grant are Boone, Fayette, Mason, Mercer, Mingo, Nicholas, Summers, Webster, Wirt and Wyoming.

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