Associated Press Published

W.Va. Gets Funding for Workforce Development


  West Virginia is receiving $10,000 in funding to help expand workforce education and training program.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said the state was selected for a grant from the National Governors Association.

Officials say 44 percent of job openings in West Virginia in the next 10 years will require more than a high school education, but less than a four-year degree.

The funding will help tailor education and training programs to meet state-specific needs and integrate education and workforce data to increase training opportunities.

Money also will be used to strengthen and build new partnerships between industry and education.

In addition to the grant, West Virginia also will receive as technical assistance from the National Governors Association’s Center for Best Practices and outside experts.