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West Virginia Native Helps Students Navigate the Challenges of College

DuffySmallAbout 18 percent of West Virginians older than 25 have bachelor’s degrees.

For Jon Duffy, that’s not good enough.

“We have a real need to foster further education attainment in the state, considering the workforce and the viability of education,” said Duffy, who this year launched his own educational planning service in the Charleston Area Alliance Small Business Incubator at 1116 Smith St.

The fastest growing sectors in the U.S. require post-secondary education for employment. But obtaining degrees can be tough for students, especially when the costs of attending college can be high and when a third of college students drop out after the first year.

“They face academic, social and emotional challenges,” Duffy said. “They are adjusting to new environments. They are away from home and learning to live independently. They have to manage their time and finances.”

Duffy specializes in providing comprehensive guidance and planning during the college application process and throughout the freshman year.  

“The transition to college can be a stressful time and a big adjustment for students,” Duffy said. “What I’m doing is assisting West Virginia high school students with college admissions, financial aid and transitioning. I’m not only preparing students but also coaching and supporting them through the critical first year.”

Each student is unique, which is why Duffy delves into their backgrounds, goals and interests.

“Getting to know them allows me to be better able to help them in finding the right fit, the right college or university,” Duffy said.

A South Charleston native, Duffy graduated from West Virginia University in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology then from Marshall University in 1998 with a master’s degree in school counseling. His education background includes coordinating health sciences rotations in Kanawha County and counseling at the middle school level.

He spent seven years as an assessment consultant to colleges and universities throughout the U.S. before deciding to base his own business in Charleston.

“This is a great location in downtown Charleston,” Duffy said about the incubator. “It presents an opportunity to learn from and network with other small businesses. I’ve spent the past several years working at campuses throughout the U.S., and now I’m eager to make a difference here at home.”

To learn more about Duffy’s business, call (304) 380-2334 or visit www.duffyplan.com.

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