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Building The Next Generation Of W.Va.'s Tourism Workforce


​To have a booming tourism economy, we need the workforce to make it strong.

There are more than 68,000 employees in the state’s leisure and hospitality industry, according to WorkForce West Virginia. But annually, there are about 4,800 vacancies in the state’s fast food and counter jobs.

West Virginia HEAT, which stands for Hospitality Education and Training, is a program within the West Virginia Department of Education that is dedicated to training the next generation of hospitality workers in West Virginia. These workers are often the first faces visitors see when they come to our state – and you know what they say, “First impressions are everything.”

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