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Number of CTC Degrees Awarded in W.Va. Growing


The Community and Technical College System of West Virginia has announced more than 4,500 degrees were awarded during the 2013-2014 school year.

Between 2009 and 2014, the number of certificate degrees awarded in the state more than doubled from 539 to 1,476.

The number of associate degrees awarded increased 31 percent from 2,250 to 2,949.

“Students are getting a college credentials because more and more jobs today require some type of college degree in order to enter that particular field,” Chancellor of the state’s Community and Technical College System James Skidmore said Wednesday.

According to a report by the Georgetown Center on Education and Workforce, by 2018, nearly half of all of the jobs in the state will require some post-secondary education.

Skidmore said the state is working to increase the output of educated students to help meet the growing demand.