A One-of-a-Kind Experience for Middle School Students

The Education Alliance, in partnership with West Virginia GEARUP has created a Virtual College Visit experience for Middle and High School students. This experience includes a toolkit with a pre and post-visit lesson plan for WVGEARUP Schools. In order to encourage student aspirations for post secondary education, it’s vital for students to be able to see themselves as college students. This is why The Education Alliance is offering this toolkit to ALL schools. Our hope is that any educator in West Virginia can use the toolkit we’ve provided to make the most of Virtual College Visits.

If you are interested in using the toolkit, please download here.

The Education Alliance also recommends following Best Practices for Virtual College Visits..

2022 Virtual College visits have concluded! Thank you to all of our participants.


“I am so glad I saw this school, now I think college would be good for me."

-Matewan PK8 Student

5,426 students attended college visits

“I learned so much about that college, making me want to go!”

-Spencer Middle School Student

112 classrooms attended

"I can't believe how many clubs there are!"

-Spencer Middle School Student

84% of classes attended LIVE

“Wow. I didn't know that they had a master's program in Athletic Technology.”

-Hannan JRSR High School Student

22 counties participated

“They were interested in hearing the broad spectrum of programs offered. “

Wirt County High School Teacher

35 high schools attended

“I think I might go to this college!”

-Sherman Jr. High Student

35 middle schools attended

“It was nice to learn about all the different majors they offer.”

-Doddridge County High School Student

73% of the colleges in West Virginia gave tours

“Great first generation opportunities”

-Spring Valley High School Teacher

94% of teacher agree that the tours encouraged their students to attend college

“They were interested in the classes and the student activities”

-WV School for the Deaf and Blind Teacher

86% of teachers agree that the tours helped students find the right college

“They were impressed that this college is environmentally friendly.”

-Doddridge County High School Teacher