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Vol. 15 No. 3: 2010 National Outreach Scholarship Conference: Sustaining Authentic Engagement

West Virginia University’s Health Sciences and Technology Academy

September 21, 2011


This article describes the Health Sciences and Technology
Academy, an outreach and engagement program by West Virginia
University to encourage higher education faculty members and
administrators, public school teachers, and community leaders
to assume the responsibility of mentoring high school students.
The primary goal is to increase the college-going rate among
underrepresented students in West Virginia. Additional goals
are to improve science and math skill acquisition, to empower
communities through leadership development of their youth,
and to increase the number of health care providers as well as
the number of math and science educators in West Virginia’s
currently underserved communities.