CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is recognizing West Virginia's success with national college readiness program.
Tomblin has declared this week as "GEAR UP for College Week" in recognition of the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs.
The national grant program launched in West Virginia in 2008.
Since then, nearly 13,000 students in 10 counties have received college counseling and academic support through the program that's coordinated by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.
When the program began, students attending high schools in those 10 counties were less likely than other West Virginia students to be aware of key college-planning information, including financial aid requirements and deadlines. Officials say that the students are far better informed than other students when it comes to financial aid and college costs.