Virginia's college access providers meet in Blacksburg to talk future of higher education

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) While lawmakers in D.C. are discussion ways to finance higher education, college professionals are finding new ways for students to pursue and succeed after high school.

Several hundred admissions, financial aid, and high school counselors were at Virginia Tech Monday for the Virginia College Access Network Conference.

They shared ideas and best practices on how to help students in Virginia learn about college as an option and to flourish once enrolled.

"Some of our organizations are now following students through their college career to make sure that they are successful and complete their program and get some kind of post high school education or credential," said Barry Simmons, Sr. the president of Virginia College Access Network.

The attendees will hear updates about financial aid from the U-S Department of Education, as well as how to engage parents in college discussions.