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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

 Governor Tomblin Announces Enhanced Information Technology Training at WVCTC

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - In an effort to better equip students with the Information Technology (IT) skills needed for high value IT job opportunities, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced that faculty in the West Virginia Community and Technical College System (WVCTCS) will have access to advanced IT training materials. These resources, from the IBM Academic Initiative, will help students in the state prepare for high-demand jobs in areas such as business analytics, cloud computing and cyber security.

"Through this cutting-edge program from IBM, our students can learn critical new IT skills that lead to good-paying, in-demand jobs," Gov. Tomblin said. "I am grateful for the number of companies, including IBM, who continue to help lead the way in enhancing instruction through industry-relevant partnerships and for opening the door to so many opportunities for West Virginians to obtain advanced technical skills from which the next generation of computer experts will embark."

As more organizations turn to technology to solve tough business challenges, the need for skilled IT professionals continues to grow in all industries. In the U.S. alone, IT jobs are expected to grow by 22 percent through 2020 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The IBM Academic Initiative provides higher education faculty members around the world no-charge access to software, curricular content and instructional resources on important technology areas such as big data, analytics, commerce, mobile, cyber security and cloud computing. By learning with the latest enterprise technology and studying real-world scenarios, students gain market-ready skills before they graduate.

"Training students for jobs in cloud computing, business intelligence, database systems, and other IT-related fields calls for instructional content that is current and industry-relevant," said James Skidmore, WVCTCS Chancellor. "The IBM Academic Initiative provides pertinent technical content to faculty and students that would be unavailable were it not for this partnership."

"IBM is committed to help closing the growing IT skills gap by providing students and faculty with access to leading enterprise software and learning resources," said Jim Corgel, general manager academic relations, IBM. "These technology skills are increasingly important to IBM right here in West Virginia, as we support our clients."

The IBM Academic Initiative is a global program facilitating the collaboration between IBM and educators to teach students the information technology skills they need to be competitive and keep pace with changes in the workplace. More than 6,000 colleges and universities, and 30,000 faculty members, worldwide have joined IBM's Academic Initiative. West Virginia is the first U.S. state to register all of its community and technical colleges with this program.

All WVCTC colleges are currently working to integrate the IBM content into their classes.

To view an interactive graphic that illustrates key findings from the IBM Technology Trend Report conducted by the Center for Applied Insights visit: www.ibm.com/developerworks/techtrendsreport/fasttrack

Contact Information

Amy Shuler Goodwin or Erica Topolski, IBM Relations
304-558-4977 or 617-693-2816