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 Establishment of Appalachian Petroleum Training Center

FAIRMONT, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, joined by Community and Technical College System of West Virginia Chancellor Jim Skidmore, today announced the establishment of the Appalachian Petroleum Technology Training Center in Fairmont. The Center will address the growing workforce needs of the oil and gas industry within the State and provide training opportunities for individuals who are interested in working in the field.

"This new Center, and its hands-on curriculum, will better prepare West Virginians for the highly-skilled, good-paying jobs needed to meet the demand of our growing oil and gas industry," Gov. Tomblin said. "I'm thankful for the industry's collaboration during the development of this much-needed program and look forward to congratulating the first class of graduates."

Through joint programs offered by Pierpont Community and Technical College (Pierpont CTC) and West Virginia Northern Community College (WVNCC), the Appalachian Petroleum Technology Training Center will focus on delivering a Certificate of Applied Science (C.A.S.) in Petroleum Technology, an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Petroleum Technology, and specific customized training programs to address the industry's work force training demands. The Center is a result of collaboration between the higher education institutions and the oil and gas industry.

"From the beginning, the Appalachian Petroleum Technology Training Center project has been a prime example of collaboration between industry, government, and education leaders," said Charlie Burd, Executive Director of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia (IOGAWV).

"Having business and industry involved in the curriculum and facility planning gives us confidence that graduates will have the skills and hands-on training needed for industry careers," said Corky Demarco, Executive Director for the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association (WVONGA). "Having more skilled workers will make West Virginia even more attractive to industries that operate in this highly competitive regional market."

A key feature of the Center will be the indoor and outdoor drilling simulation laboratories which will provide hands-on training for its students. Both Pierpont CTC and WVNCC campuses will be equipped with indoor drilling simulators and will deliver collaborative training on the outdoor drilling simulator located in Fairmont.

"This effort would not be possible without the ongoing dedication and support from the oil and gas industry and community college leadership," said Jim Skidmore, Chancellor of the West Virginia Community and Technical College System (WVCTCS). "Because of our collective efforts in developing these programs, many more West Virginians will now be able to access an education that leads to high-paying, high-skilled jobs in the State."

Pierpont CTC and WVNCC are currently accepting applications for the training programs and classes are scheduled to begin in August 2013 with the first students graduating from the program in May 2014.

Contact Information

Amy Shuler Goodwin or Brian Bolyard
304-558-4977 or 304-558-0265