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.

 Education Initiatives


The State of West Virginia has several education initiatives underway to assist families and educators with providing one of the best education systems in the country. To learn more about these initiatives, please refer to the following:

 

This project is a partnership between the American Public University System and the state of West Virginia. Our goal is to provide students with sound math concepts to reinforce and augment classroom instruction using a video medium. Subjects covered include Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, Contemporary Math, Statistics and Chemistry. High speed Internet access and the latest flash software is recommended.
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.
The e-Learning for Educators initiative will help bridge the barriers of time, distance, and inequities for all West Virginia teachers by providing access to web-based professional development opportunities.
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.
West Virginia’s Financial Aid Information and Resources, WV-FAIR, is an initiative geared to supplement current efforts aimed at increasing our state’s college-going rate. Visit this website to learn more about the initiative as well as access additional resources available in the state to plan and pay for higher education.
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.
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 Commission was awarded in the summer of 2006 a grant for Project FLOW Future Leaders of Watersheds (FLOW) by Learn and Serve America. The three year project funds youth led watershed service-learning activities in community based organizations. The project aims to have youth and other volunteers understand their place in the watershed and how their actions impact water.
West Virginia PROMISE (Providing Real Opportunities for Maximizing In-state Student Excellence) is a merit-based scholarship program designed to keep qualified students in West Virginia by making college affordable.
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.
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.