WASHINGTON, D.C. (DC News Now) — A conference in the Nation’s Capital today singled out West Virginia’s STEM education program as a model for other states to follow. Its focus? Delivering healthcare to rural and underserved communities.
The West Virginia model starts kids as early as 9th grade to acquire the skills needed to enter the health professions.
“The difference it has made in their lives,” said Bethany Hornbeck, a West Virginia health education consultant, “In their communities – these kids are the first generation to go to college, a lot of them. They’re from low-income backgrounds, they’re African-American, and they’re rural. These are kids who would not necessarily be going to college.”