West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Additional Birth-12 Resources

Looking for tools to help your child master 21st Century Skills? This extensive resource provides information on blogging, teaching resources, computer troubleshooting, ESL, software tutorials, and free online courses just to name a few!
Abstinence education resource for students and parents.
The mission of the Arts in Education Program is to increase support and advocacy for arts education and for lifelong learning in the arts. The Arts in Education Program provides support for arts learning opportunities in schools and communities. Learn more about this program and available grants here.
WV Birth to Three is a statewide system of services and supports for children under age three who have a delay in their development, or may be at risk of having a delay, and their family. The Department of Health and Human Resources, through the Bureau for Public Health and the Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health, WV Birth to Three, as the lead agency for Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), assures that family centered, community based services are available to all eligible children and families.
The mission of the West Virginia Career and Technical Education is to better prepare students for the world of work and higher education through education programs and training offered at the career and technical education sites throughout the state.
Compare statewide and independent colleges and universities located in West Virginia. Provides details such as tuition costs, student to teacher ratios, etc.
Are you trying to help your child complete their GED? Visit this website to get detailed information regarding the GED program.
Access the Department of Education Content Standard Objectives through this interactive online system.
Exhibits in a physical space like a museum may come and go, but online they can live longer. Here you will find online components of our museum exhibits, additional information about our exhibits and artifacts, and exhibits that won't exist anywhere but here.
The Virtual School initiative will help bridge the barriers of time, distance, and inequities for all West Virginia students by providing access to many of the same educational resources. I encourage students in West Virginia to take advantage of this website, and explore the tremendous opportunity it offers for the enrichment of their school experience.
There are a number of programs offered to promote and educate the arts in West Virginia classrooms. Learn more about these programs here.
Eyes on Bullying offers a variety of tools that can help you look at and understand bullying in a new way, reexamine your own knowledge and beliefs about bullying, and shape the beliefs and behaviors of the children in your care.
Parents who support and extend their children's learning contribute to their children's successes both in school and in life. Learn more about how the family literacy program can assist your family.
The Governor's Schools of West Virginia are three-week summer sessions for academically and/or artistically talented students from across West Virginia. The Governor's Schools consist of three programs that take place every summer on the campuses of various colleges and universities around the state. Students attend workshops, classes, and events with some of the best faculty and instructors from their field. Governor's Schools, entirely free for students, are administered by the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts.
This booklet includes activities for families with children from infancy through age 6. Most of the activities make learning experiences out of the everyday routines in which you and your children participate. Most use materials that are found in your home or that can be had free-of-charge from your local library. The activities are designed to be fun for both you and your children as you help them to gain the skills they need to become readers. Enjoy them!
The Kids First Screening Initiative unites parents, health professionals and teachers to give West Virginia’s children the positive start in life they deserve. By working together, we can help ensure that every child receives the best possible chance to be healthy and ready to learn.
The mission of the Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy is to train and mentor selected at-risk youth to become contributing members of society using the 8 Core Components in a quasi-military environment during a 22-week residential and one year follow-up program. Located at Camp Dawson in Kingwood, WV.
Information on the No Child Left Behind Act for parents.
The No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private K-12 schools that are either academically superior in their states or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement.
This website is designed to provide parents and guardians with tools to help their children succeed in the 21st century classroom.
This website includes information and links you can use to help your children not only learn to read better but to develop of a love of reading that will serve them well.
Instructions for preparing the school calendar for the 2009-10 school year.
Online service that allows you to sign up to virtual school classes offered online for West Virginia students to augment educational learning opportunities.
State Archives provides nearly 100 video resources relating to historical events ocurring in West Virginia. If you are interested in learning more about West Virginia history these video files are a wonderful resource.
The West Virginia Department of Education has partnered with the Verizon Foundation to roll out Thinkfinity which provides 21st century learning resources. • Thinkfinity has been rated the #1 site for free educational downloads two years in a row (2006, 2007) by Edutopia, from the George Lucas Foundation; • Thinkfinity offers over 4,000 lesson plans that will soon be aligned to the new West Virginia Content Standards and Objectives; • Thinkfinity offers over 55,000 student interactivities, movies, websites and other educational content provided by a number national organizations.
This Parent/Caregiver section provides you with the same access that Teachers have to valuable educational information that can help your Student strive. Over time, the information within this section of the site will be specifically tailored to the needs of Parents and Caregivers. Whether it is helping a Student with homework, or educating yourself on subject matter to better help your Student, Thinkfinity is a Teacher approved, valuable destination. Please feel free to check back frequently for updates and new information.
Website that helps provide students throughout the Mountain State with quality educational opportunities -- no matter where they live. The Virtual School initiative will help bridge the barriers of time, distance, and inequities for all West Virginia students by providing access to many of the same educational resources.
West Virginia is one of the first states in the nation to receive full approval for its plan to reach the goals set forth by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). This accountability plan sets into place the methods by which the state will measure Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), a cornerstone of NCLB. Learn more about this initiative here.
Interested in staying abreast of the latest education policies? This webpage provides current policies that are pending approval.
Interested in learning more about West Virginia's history? Test your knowledge through this interactive online quiz focused on West Virginia History.