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.

 Governor Tomblin Forms Middle Grades Commission as Part of Education Reform

3/11/2013
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the formation of the Governor's Commission on the Middle Grades to develop specific recommendations for improving student achievement in West Virginia middle schools. Gov. Tomblin's Executive Order 2-13, which forms the commission, was filed Friday, March 8, 2013.

"Research shows our children make life-changing decisions in middle school and, compared nationally, our students' achievement declines significantly in fifth through eighth grade," Gov. Tomblin said. "By focusing on the importance of the middle school years, this commission will help us build upon the strong foundation of early childhood education, help our students make the connection between their personal interests and future career opportunities, correlate middle school curriculum with the path necessary to attain good-paying jobs and raise student achievement."

The governor's executive order creates the 19-member commission which will be comprised of teachers, State Board of Education members, work force experts, and citizen members. Once the members are appointed, the commission will be tasked with studying the Southern Regional Education Board's Middle Grades Commission report, "A New Mission for Middle Grades," and developing West Virginia specific recommendations for improving student achievement in the middle grades. The commission will also make recommendations to address, among other things:
  • common standards for college and career readiness;
  • improving teachers' expertise in their subjects, especially in math and science;
  • improving student learning based on the latest research;
  • literacy as a strategy for learning in all subjects;
  • teaching at-risk students at grade level curriculum and providing them with the help and support needed to succeed;
  • integrating science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to help students discover their interests and aptitudes in emerging careers; and
  • providing parents and students the information and experiences they need to initiate career and higher education plans.

These and other recommendations will be reported to the governor, the State Board of Education and the Legislative Oversight Committee on Education Accountability no later than Jan. 15, 2014.

To read Executive Order 2-13 click here.

Contact Information

Amy Shuler Goodwin
304-558-4977