New Initiative Aims to Get More West Virginians to College

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Higher education leaders across the state have new plans in place to get more West Virginians some sort of credential beyond a high school diploma. 

Currently, about 34 percent of West Virginians have some sort of post-secondary credential or workforce relevant certificate. The goal is to get that number to 60 percent by 2030. 

Its all part of the West Virginia Department of Education’s new initiative “West Virginia’s Climb.”

“It’s not just bachelor degrees,” said Matt Turner with the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. “It also includes associate degrees, trade work certificates, and technical training. 

The West Virginia Department of Commerce estimates that 51 percent of new jobs being created by 2020 will need associate degree or higher. It is estimated that about 30 percent of those jobs will need some sort of post secondary credentials.  

Turner stressed the benefits that this initiative will have on the state’s workforce. He told 13 News, “Education is important but this is also a gateway to keeping and attracting good quality employers.”

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