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.

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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.
Help offset higher education costs by learning more about the grant opportunities provided to family's in West Virginia.
Help offset higher education costs by learning more about the grant opportunities provided to family's in West Virginia.
Help offset higher education costs by learning more about the grant opportunities provided to family's in West Virginia.
All types of instruction permits and driver’s licenses may be obtained at most of the DMV Regional Offices. Learn more about how to help your child get their driver's license here.
There are numerous resources available online to help you learn how to pay for education and training beyond high school. This website provides a good overview of the the available resources such as grants, scholarships, student loans and work study, etc.
There are numerous resources available online to help you learn how to pay for education and training beyond high school. This website provides a good overview of the the available resources such as grants, scholarships, student loans and work study, etc.
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.
If you are looking for resources that can help you advance in your career, we encourage you to visit our career resource area. Here you can obtain information on universities and colleges, occupational licensing information, workforce training programs, and other career assistance information.
If you are looking for resources that can help you advance in your career, we encourage you to visit our career resource area. Here you can obtain information on universities and colleges, occupational licensing information, workforce training programs, and other career assistance information.
Explore your child's career options by utilizing the career planning resources available here. Learn more about individual careers, perform a self-assessment to locate a career that might be best suited for your child's interests and abilities and view a comprehensive listing of careers.
Explore your career options by utilizing the career planning resources available here. Learn more about individual careers, perform a self-assessment to locate a career that is best suited for your interests and abilities and view a comprehensive listing of careers.
Use this service to help give you some career ideas based on your interests, skills, values and personality.
Compare statewide and independent colleges and universities located in West Virginia. Provides details such as tuition costs, student to teacher ratios, etc.
This website provides detailed information about everything a West Virginian needs to know about preparing, applying and paying for college. To learn more about financial aid, please visit the "Paying for College" section of this website.
Visit this website to learn more about the associate degrees and certificate programs offered by community and technical colleges from around the state.
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.
Curriki is more than your average website; we're a community of educators, learners and committed education experts who are working together to create quality materials that will benefit teachers and students around the world. Curriki is an online environment created to support the development and free distribution of world-class educational materials to anyone who needs them. Our name is a play on the combination of 'curriculum' and 'wiki' which is the technology we're using to make education universally accessible.
There are a number of degrees available to West Virginia residents through the distance learning program. Visit this website to learn more about these degrees.
Looking to see what classes are available online through the distance learning programs throughout the state? This website provides direct access to all of the class offerings in the state.
Looking to see what classes are available online through the distance learning programs throughout the state? This website provides direct access to all of the class offerings in the state.
Learn more about the distance learning opportunities available in West Virginia. This website contains information on degrees offered, class schedules, registration info just to name a few.
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.
Going to be driving soon? Learn more about the driver education program provided through the Department of Education to help you prepare to get your license!
There are a number of programs offered to promote and educate the arts in West Virginia classrooms. Learn more about these programs here.
This document contains contact information for schools and school officials from around the state.
Looking to help your child find a career that would meet their interests. Search careers by keyword, interests, personality and even perform a self-assessment to give you some ideas.
Interested in exploring learning opportunities? Visit this website to learn more about the educational opportunities available in West Virginia.
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.
This site will help you find information on how to prepare and fund education after high school.
There are numerous resources available online to help you learn how to pay for education and training beyond high school. This website provides a good overview of the the available resources such as grants, scholarships, student loans and work study, etc.
The purpose of WV-FAIR is to increase parents' awareness about the range of financial aid opportunities available for their children in postsecondary education. WV-FAIR's work, therefore, will focus on three activities: (1) Developing informational materials, (2) Conducting outreach to parents and (3), Providing parents with additional follow-up information and technical assistance.
The purpose of WV-FAIR is to increase parents' awareness about the range of financial aid opportunities available for their children in postsecondary education. WV-FAIR's work, therefore, will focus on three activities: (1) Developing informational materials, (2) Conducting outreach to parents and (3), Providing parents with additional follow-up information and technical assistance.
There are numerous resources available online to help you learn how to pay for education and training beyond high school. This website provides a good overview of the the available resources such as grants, scholarships, student loans and work study, etc.
Application to apply for free and reduced price school meals program in the State of West Virginia.
Frequently asked questions for the West Virginia School Building Authority.
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.
The Governor's Internship Program offers high-achieving college students the opportunity to step beyond the classroom into the world of experiential learning by participating in coordinated internships in private businesses, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. Students gain knowledge of the real world work environment, learn valuable communication and leadership skills, obtain experience and gain references for the future. Students may also use the internship experience to evaluate current and future career choices.
Learn more about the numerous grant opportunities available to West Virginian's to further education objectives.
Learn more about the numerous grant opportunities available to West Virginian's to further education objectives.
The Basic and Specialized Health Care Procedure Manual for West Virginia Public Schools shall be utilized as the minimum standard for safe practice as approved by West Virginia Board of Education Policy 2422.7 and adopted by the State Bureau for Public Health in the Specialized Health Procedures in Public Schools Rule, 64 W.Va. CSR 66.
Description of the basic health care procedures.
Specialized health care procedures.
Interested in learning more about health policies and curriculum affecting your child? This online resource provides detailed information directly from the Department of Education to assist parents learn more about health information topics.
The Office of Healthy Schools provides an array of programs and services such as health education, driver education, physical education, tobacco prevention, teen pregnancy prevention, etc. Learn more about these programs online and the site directory listed on the top of the site will help guide you to the information you are looking for.
The Office of Healthy Schools provides an array of programs and services such as health education, driver education, physical education, tobacco prevention, teen pregnancy prevention, etc. Learn more about these programs online and the site directory listed on the top of the site will help guide you to the information you are looking for.
This Federal CDC website provides a detailed overview of health subjects related to keeping youth healthy.
This Federal CDC website provides a detailed overview of health subjects related to keeping youth healthy.
Tips to help parents make the best dietary and physical activity decisions to ensure children grow up healthy and strong.
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!
This higher education grant application is to be used by students who are interested in applying for financial assistance to cover the costs of courses taken at participating educational institutions while attending school.
This higher education grant application is to be used by students who are interested in applying for financial assistance to cover the costs of courses taken at participating educational institutions while attending school.
West Virginia has various types of higher education institutions ranging from community and technical colleges to four year institutions and graduate schools. By researching individual institutions, you are sure to find a perfect fit! Use this helpful guide to learn more.
Are you thinking about going to college? Whether the decision has already been made or is still years away, please browse through our Planner Timeline, which we have designed to help you prepare for college. Please note that although you can complete most of the necessary tasks in your junior or senior years of high school, you should start planning as early as the eighth grade. Not only will this improve your chances of getting into your college of choice, but it will also make applying much easier.
Are you thinking about going to college? Whether the decision has already been made or is still years away, please browse through our Planner Timeline, which we have designed to help you prepare for college. Please note that although you can complete most of the necessary tasks in your junior or senior years of high school, you should start planning as early as the eighth grade. Not only will this improve your chances of getting into your college of choice, but it will also make applying much easier.
The CFWV site from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has everything you need to explore careers and prepare, plan, apply, and pay for college.
All persons born on or after January 1, 1975 must first successfully complete a certified hunter education course before purchasing a hunting license. This site has information on hunter education classes, staff, and lost cards.
Website on a curriculum of environmental history. This 10-module, middle school curriculum gives teachers the opportunity to download social studies activities that are based upon archival materials. The centerpiece of each module is a compilation of primary resources--documents, maps, newspaper articles, oral histories or photographs--from which students will be asked to gather, examine, and analyze information, and synthesize insights.
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. Here you will find information for healthcare professionals, parents and school personnel.
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 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.
This informative website developed by "The Futures Channel" explores real world careers in math and science. Watch videos and learn more about career paths your child may find interesting.
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.
Website created by the Office of Healthy Schools that provides information for teachers, parents and students on programs and resources available to provide leadership, training and support for schools and their communities designed to improve collaboration and ensure the health and educational achievement of children in a safe, nurturing and disciplined environment.
This website is designed to provide parents and guardians with tools to help their children succeed in the 21st century classroom.
Continuing your education beyond high school may require less money than you think. Every year, West Virginians receive over $150 million in federal and state financial aid. If you’re going to need help paying for your education, you’re not alone. Most families explore financial aid to help pay for education, and you have plenty of options. Many free resources are available, so you don’t have to pay anyone to help you find financial aid or apply for it. High school counselors and college financial aid offices are all ready to help you.
Continuing your education beyond high school may require less money than you think. Every year, West Virginians receive over $150 million in federal and state financial aid. If you’re going to need help paying for your education, you’re not alone. Most families explore financial aid to help pay for education, and you have plenty of options. Many free resources are available, so you don’t have to pay anyone to help you find financial aid or apply for it. High school counselors and college financial aid offices are all ready to help you.
It's never to late to start planning for your higher education path whether it be attending a technical school or a university. Use this website to get important information to help you create a higher education plan.
This online resource provides a detailed listing of higher education schools located in West Virginia. To learn more about the actual programs and majors offered simply select a school and browse the details.
West Virginia Pre K - 12th Grade Schools in a Google Map Application integrates school coordinates, West Virginia 2003 2-Foot SAMB imagery, and West Virginia DRG WMS services.
So your child wants to go to college? Well between now and then, there is a lot to get done in order to prepare for your future! Remember, success in college means a world of opportunities. After all, college is possible and affordable. It's never too early to start planning. Visit this website to learn more about how to prepare your child for college.
We are Raze: West Virginia’s teens, tearing down the lies of Big Tobacco and fighting them with all we’ve got – our passion, our power and our minds.
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.
To register for a distance learning course you will need to contact the institution that is offering the course which you wish to take. The tuition for the course is set by the institution. Any on site class time, books needed, library resources, and other details will be available at the college or university sponsoring the class. Visit this website to learn more.
This online resource provides a comprehensive search for scholarships available to West Virginia Students. Search by keyword or based on personal information.
This online resource provides a comprehensive search for scholarships available to West Virginia Students. Search by keyword or based on personal information.
Instructions for preparing the school calendar for the 2009-10 school year.
The State Education Data Center (SEDC) is a new service of the Council of Chief State School Officers, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of the Council's National Education Data Partnership. The SEDC will position itself as a leading voice on public education data and will focus on two work strands: (1) serving as a national advocacy leader for quality education data collection, standards, and use; and (2) serving as the nation's provider of a free, easy-to-use website featuring state education data and analytic tools.
This search tool offered by Workforce WV will let you find occupational education programs that meet your needs. It will allow you to get descriptions of the various certified programs that are offered and to get information on how well the programs have performed in the past.
Continuing education telecourses are delivered directly to your home by public television. Visit this website to learn more about the participating schools and the available class offerings.
Online service that allows you to sign up to virtual school classes offered online for West Virginia students to augment educational learning opportunities.
The SMART529 family of college savings plans provide an attractive program for college savings that will help families prepare financially for the costs of attending college. This website contains detailed information regarding the savings plan to help educate families and manage your savings account online.
This legislative rule establishes nutrition standards for foods served and/or sold to students in schools during the school day. The procedures relate both to nutritional standards of school meals and additional foods and beverages sold or served to students. Further, this rule includes recommendations pertaining to all foods offered or sold on school premises.
Developed to Address the Mission and Strategic Goals of The West Virginia Board of Education.
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.
Summary of policy 4373: Student Code of Conduct. Learn more about student responsibilities and potential disciplinary actions.
Video overview of the Teach 21 initiative provided by the Department of Education.
This online resource provides a detailed listing of higher education technical schools located in West Virginia. To learn more about each school click on it and browse the detailed information.
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.
Looking to better understand a math concept to help your child with their homework? Try watching some of these video math tutorials that cover Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, Contemporary Math, Statistics and Chemistry. High speed Internet access and the latest flash software is recommended.
Visit a campus online to learn more about the educational opportunities in West Virginia.
The West Virginia Virtual Learning Network (WVVLN) is the distance education consortium of the 11 state colleges and universities and 10 community and technical colleges of West Virginia. The primary mission of WVVLN is to provide West Virginia Citizens with access to educational programs from the state's institutions of higher education by 100% online education technologies.
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.
This is the online application for West Virginia's merit-based PROMISE Scholarship and need-based Higher Education Grant Programs.
Interested in learning more about West Virginia's history? Test your knowledge through this interactive online quiz focused on West Virginia History.
Take a virtual tour of the Wetlands of Winfield and learn more about this essential ecosystem. Plan your visit today with more than 50 hands-on activities you are certain to have a fun and educating experience.