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.

 Gov. Tomblin and Chancellor Hill Announce the Launch of Pilot Project to Offer College Counseling by Text Message

9/16/2013
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Dr. Paul Hill, Chancellor of the Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission), today announced West Virginia students will have a new way to receive help preparing for college. Through a $225,000 grant, awarded by the Kresge Foundation, the Commission is launching a pilot program that offers counseling and college-readiness support to students at 14 high schools via text message.

"As we work to prepare students for the 21st century economy, it only makes sense to include the use of today's technology in our communications and support efforts," Gov. Tomblin said. "This pilot project, developed by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, holds much promise as it has the potential to offer students more personalized support and increased access to services which can help them succeed."

Dr. Paul Hill, the Commission's Chancellor, said the project offers an opportunity to keep pace with students, who increasingly rely on digital and mobile connectedness in their daily lives.
"This is an exciting opportunity for West Virginia. As we really sharpen our focus on both encouraging high school students to attend college and supporting them until they walk across the stage to a degree, we have to be nimble and innovative," Chancellor Hill said. "That's exactly what this project is - and I believe we'll see some terrific outcomes."

Starting this fall, high school seniors attending one of the 14 participating high schools can opt-in to receive college-planning text messages. As part of this pilot project, students may also communicate via text message with their high school counselor, or a college admissions or financial aid representative associated with four participating colleges-Bluefield State College, Concord University, Marshall University and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. Standard message rates apply. Students who sign up to receive the messages can opt-out at any time.

"We're excited to build on the body of research about how to use new technologies to provide student support and counseling," said Caroline Altman Smith, Senior Program Officer at the Kresge Foundation. "Students are already using their phones to text constantly. This project will use texts to provide students with personalized information and support, and we're hopeful it will increase college-going and help students persist in their first year of college."

The following high schools are participating in this pilot program:

• Clay County High School
• Lincoln County High School
• Mingo Central Comprehensive High School
• Mount View High School
• River View High School
• Roane County High School
• Scott High School
• Sherman High School
• Summers County High School
• Tug Valley High School
• Webster County High School
• Westside High School
• Wirt County High School
• Wyoming County East High School.

For more information about the project, visit: http://www.cfwvconnect.com/text-messaging-intervention.

The Kresge Foundation is a $3.2 billion private foundation that seeks to influence the quality of life for future generations through its support of nonprofit organizations working in seven program areas: Arts and Culture, Community Development, Detroit, Education, the Environment, Health, and Human Services. Fostering greater access to and success in postsecondary education for low-income, minority and first-generation college students is the focus of Kresge's Education grant making. In 2012, Kresge awarded more than $22 million in grants to support higher education in the United States and South Africa, with half benefiting U.S. community colleges.

Contact Information

Amy Shuler Goodwin or Jessica Tice
304-558-4977 or 304-558-0699