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Beginning this month, students at four Norfolk high schools will have access to hands-on help for applying to Virginia colleges and universities.

The statewide initiative, known as 1-2-3Go!, will be available to students at Booker T. Washington High School, Granby High School, Lake Taylor High School and Norview High School, according to a release issued Monday by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

“Now more than ever, it is essential that our students have the resources they need and the support they deserve in order to successfully transition into higher education,” Gov. McAuliffe said in the release.

The program has three parts: College Night events with the Educational Credit Management Corp; Virginia College Application Week and the Super FAFSA Project, an annual statewide push to boost completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

The goal is to help students and their families get advice from counselors, advisers and experts about the process of going to college: preparing, applying and paying for it.

Collectively, the undertaking could reach as many as 12,000 students at more than 80 Virginia high schools.

A spokesperson for Norfolk Public Schools did not immediately respond to an interview request before deadline.

Among the entities coordinating the program are the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, the Educational Credit Management Corp., the Office of the Secretary of Education and the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia.

“Preparing for higher education can be a complicated process,” Virginia Secretary of Education Deitra Trent said in a release. “It is essential for Virginia students and families to have the best advice possible when making the critical decisions on next steps for their lives.”