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ATHENS, WV (WVVA) - High School students across West Virginia are getting a taste of what college is all about, thanks to one local university.

Concord University is hosting "Gear Up U!" all this week to give 10th and 11th graders the opportunity to stay on the campus of Concord, live in the dorms, eat their food and even take some college courses.

The university says, "students will participate in educational enrichment activities that focus on improving student academic performance, college access readiness and long-term success planning."

Around 120 students are expected to attend.

This four-night, five-day on-campus program is designed for students to complete six academic courses; three in the mandatory core subjects of English, Math and Science. Based upon the participants' future career interest, they will be able to take courses that relate to that also.

 "Students exposure to a college campus will help show them the ropes while building a state-wide support system of college partners and peers." said Melissa Gattuso, Regional Coordinator.

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