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Start College in High School!  Get An EDGE on Your Future

High School Students:
You can earn a college degree and graduate early! Through West Virginia University at Parkersburg and the West Virginia EDGE initiative, you can take high school courses for free community and technical college credit.

Yes, the college credits are free!

What is EDGE?
It stands for Earn a Degree • Graduate Early. The EDGE program is an initiative of the West Virginia Department of Education. Students take approved career and technical courses in high school that convert to a variety of college credits offered through the nine community and technical colleges of West Virginia; including WVU Parkersburg. The college credit is free.

How can EDGE help me?
If you take the right courses in high school, you can save on your college tuition costs. Students who take the college credit courses available in high school can earn a Certificate or Associate Degree within one year after high school or along with a high school diploma.

West Virginia Has the EDGE on Career Pathways
Amy Dennis, Program Manager for Secondary Program, recently published an article about the EDGE program in West Virginia. Amy is participating in a year long Leadership Development Academy with the National Career Pathways Network.

Why go to a community and technical college? 
There are great careers available in only one or two years! The following are a few examples of high-skill and high wage jobs available through two-year programs:

Career Salary Ranges
Medical Secretaries $24,065 to $35,476
Technical Support Specialists $20,000 to $50,000+
Graphic Designers $23,000 to $60,000
Computer Programmers  $19,520 to $50,000+

Who can participate in EDGE?
Any high school student can participate. The courses are connected to the skilled pathway in your cluster and major.

What are some examples of EDGE credits?
You can earn these college credits when you graduate from high school.

How do I enroll in EDGE?
Talk with your high school counselor or teacher to confirm course participation in EDGE. Students enrolled in EDGE courses must pass the approved end-of-course test with a 75% or higher. You will also need to fill out the EDGE college enrollment form with your teacher and submit it for college credit when the course is completed.

You will receive your EDGE transcript at no cost from the WV Council for Community and Technical College Central Office. EDGE credits can be applied to a Certificate or an Associate Degree.

Where can I get more information?
Contact your high school counselor or teacher; WVU Parkersburg (304-424-8000) or call the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia (304-558-2411). Get the EDGE advantage!

The EDGE Advantage: 

  • Jump starts your college education
  • Earns you “free” community college credits while in high school that apply toward a Certificate or Associate degree
  • Saves money on college tuition
  • Prepares you for success
  • Makes it possible for you to earn a Certificate or Associate degree in one year or less after high school!

The Mid-Ohio Valley Community and Technical College Consortium serves the counties of  Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt and Wood.



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