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In this session, the presenters will examine initiatives that are designed to support college access efforts within rural communities. Presenters and participants will address the need to assess current structures and identify solutions through embedding sustainable initiatives and partnership building. Attendees will walk away with resources and toolkits to help them overcome challenges, increase access to educational opportunities, and guide them as they implement these initiatives within their own program.

Speakers: Vicki Farrar, GEAR UP Coordinator, Grainger County Schools, Rutledge, TN; Elizabeth Manuel, College Access and Success Program Director, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, Charleston, WV; Kelly Woody, GEAR UP Facilitator, GEAR UP North Carolina, Roxboro, NC