A program that helps students from low-income homes in West Virginia explore college will hold a graduation ceremony on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Nearly 30 students of the 2018 class of the Raleigh County Health Sciences Technology Academy (HSTA) will walk across the stage.
HSTA was established in 1994. According to a release, the academy has helped more than 2,500 graduates explore and pay for college. The program targets students who are first-generation, low-income, rural and/or minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.
The graduation will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in Carter Hall on the campus of West Virginia University’s Institute of Technology (WVU Tech). U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) will deliver remarks during the ceremony. Dr. Ann Chester, the founder of HSTA and Assistant Vice President for Health Services at WVU will also attend, along wih representatives from Senator Joe Manchin’s office.