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New Governor’s School Focuses On State Tourism, Hospitality Industries

The famous arched bridge across the New River Gorge is contrasted against a bright blue sky with a few fluffy white clouds.
The New River Gorge Bridge.

West Virginia students are learning about the state’s burgeoning tourism industry as part of a new summer program. 

The first-ever Governor’s School for Tourism kicked off at Independence Hall in Wheeling on West Virginia Day. Selected ninth and tenth-grade students are touring West Virginia for 10 days, learning about the state’s tourism and hospitality sectors. 

Students are staying at state park lodges, and will visit historical sites and other landmarks from Cacapon to the New River Gorge.

Since 1984, the Governor’s Schools have offered free summer programs for students in grades 7 to 11, within college-based residential settings. The programs, hosted at the state’s colleges, universities and culturally prominent locations across the state, come at no expense to families and cover a wide range of areas including arts, humanities, mathematics, science and technology.

This year’s schools include a Computer Science Institute at West Virginia University (WVU), an Honors Academy at Fairmont State University and a School for Entrepreneurship at Marshall University.