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West Virginia
WORKFORCE West Virginia Tech-Prep

Program Goals and Emphasis

The primary goal of the West Virginia Career Resource Network is to not only encourage students to pursue education beyond high school, but to also be aware of career possibilities.

State Economic Profile

Economic and Environmental Profile

West Virginia’s major industries include mining (coal), livestock, chemical manufacturing, glass products, and tourism. Government, health care and social assistance and retail trade provide the largest employment.

The January 2006 unemployment rate was 3.8%, as compared to 5.2% in April 2005.
Key Economic Sectors

• Government
• Health Care & Social Assistance
• Leisure & Hospitality
• Manufacturing
• Professional & Business Services
• Retail Trade

State Career Resource Activities

Highlighted Activities

• The West Virginia Earn a Degree-Graduate Early (EDGE) program provides an opportunity for all students to establish a college transcript while in high school. EDGE began three years ago, with 350 students enrolled in EDGE courses in the first year. By 2005, over 22,000 students have participated in EDGE classes.

• Dreamquest is a collaborative partnership with business and education to provide entrepreneurial experiences for students.

• West Virginia distributes a parental handbook that has been an effective tool in providing information to parents at local parent workshops. This activity is conducted in collaboration with Tech-Prep consortia.
Primary Activities and Trainings

West Virginia has conducted the following activities and trainings:
• Career Clusters
• Career Fairs
• Counselor Workshops
• Curriculum Alignment Workshops
• Earn a Degree - Graduate Early Orientation
• Facilitating Career Development
• Improved Career Decision-Making in a Changing World
• Real Game

Career Information Delivery Systems (CIDS)

CIDS are computer-based systems providing local, state, and national information about careers and employment opportunities. State sites for CIDS include:

Elementary Schools599
Middle Schools 80
High Schools 107
Community Colleges 10
4-Year Colleges/Universities 10
Other 8

Primary Resources

West Virginia has published the following resources:
• Career Tabloids
• Earn a Degree-Graduate Early Brochures & Posters
• Federal Occupational Outlook Handbook
• Future College Plans
• Parental Handbook
• State Occupational Outlook Handbook

Program Funding and Partnerships

Other Funding Sources

The program does not report any additional funding sources.
Significant Program Partnerships

• West Virginia Department of Education
• West Virginia Economic Development Office
• Community Technical College System
• West Virginia Rehabilitation Agency

Resource Allocation

Contact Information

State Contact

Contact Person
Kathy D'Antoni
Council for Community and Technical College Education
1018 Kanawha Boulevard., East
Suite 700
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: (304) 558-2411
Fax: (304) 558-1646
e-mail: [email protected]
Web Site:
State Administrative Location

West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education

Regional Contact Information