Gov. Jim Justice spoke today to students about career opportunities in the state’s growing tourism industry during a visit to Nicholas County Career and Technical Center.
The event marked the beginning of hospitality and tourism education programs statewide, developed as a part of a new workforce development initiative, Tourism Works. This program was launched by the Department of Tourism earlier this year to prepare for the projected growth of more than 21,000 annual job openings in the state’s tourism industry through 2025.
"We're going to start teaching and training our students to be prepared for the jobs that are on the way, and this is just the tip of the iceberg," Gov. Justice said. "We've got tourism jumpstarted like you can't even imagine. We might go from 21,000 to 210,000 job openings in the blink of an eye. West Virginia is the most special place on the planet. We are absolutely the diamond in the rough the world has missed. Keep it going."