Concord University News
For Immediate Release: 
Jun 29 2005

Congressman Rahall to Speak at College Summit at CU, Saturday, July 9

Athens, W.Va. – The Honorable Nick Joe Rahall, III (D-W.Va.), representing West Virginia’s third district in the United States Congress, will be speaking at the upcoming College Summit at Concord University on Saturday, July 9, at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.

College Summit, a leading national initiative, will be conducting seven workshops for up to 280 rising high school seniors in West Virginia this summer to ensure that more students who can make it in college actually make it 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.

“We are proud to be partnering with Concord University to help students bridge the gap between high school and post-secondary education,” said Randy Shillingburg, director of development for College Summit West Virginia. “At our workshops, students complete an on-line college application, receive quality one-on-one college counseling and write a personal statement they can use for scholarships or as an entrance essay for college. The rising high school seniors who participate in a College Summit workshop undergo an almost magical transformation – a transformation from not knowing what it takes to get to college in terms of the college selection, application and financial aid processes to a confident student who is prepared for college and actually ahead of other students in his or her class.”

According to Shillingburg, College Summit will sponsor its first West Virginia workshops of the year at Concord University and Fairmont State University, July 7-10.

Shillingburg said that the entire college transition process can be overwhelming for students, especially if they are first generation college students. He said that 79 percent of students across the nation who attend College Summit summer workshops have enrolled in college; the college retention rate for those students has been 80 percent.

“College Summit is a proven ‘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,” Shillingburg continued. “Teachers and counselors who attend the workshops utilize the College Summit Navigator, a step-by-step curriculum guide, to help other seniors navigate the transition process. In addition, College Summit has developed on-line tools that enable students to save their senior portfolios, while providing teachers and counselors with the ability to track students through the entire process. In short, College Summit has been able to take college transition from the horse and buggy era to the 21st century, by providing teachers and counselors with tools that allow them to help students transition to college more efficiently and effectively.”

Earlier this year, College Summit was one of only 25 non-profits selected to receive the 2005 Social Capitalist Award from “Fast Company” magazine. The leading business magazine named College Summit as one of “the top 25 groups that are changing the world.”

More information about this initiative can be found on its website, www.collegesummit.org or by calling College Summit West Virginia at 1-304-346-1981.

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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.

PO BOX 1000, VERMILLION ST., ATHENS, WV 24712.