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West Virginia Studies
“As we look ahead at the challenges we must overcome this year, we are reminded that West Virginians have never had it easy. But we have proved time and again, for generations, what has been true all along – the people who call our state home are among the best and brightest in the world.” — Governor Earl Ray Tomblin during the State of the State address, January 13, 2016
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“4-H” – WVU Extension Service
“4-H continues to make summers fun. Summer learning activities connected 24,000 youths in diverse adventures, including science camps, literacy and nutrition programs, agricultural field days, and leadership experiences. Through camp, club, and special-project activities, 4-H brings positive youth development activities to one out of every four West Virginia youths.”
“West Virginia University Extension Service offers 4-H programs in all 55 of the state’s counties. From camps to clubs, 4-H focuses on service and learning activities that involve the “head, heart, hands, and health” of a community and its members.”
4-H History (5:01/2006/digitalreporter)
“West Virginia Farm To School”
“West Virginia’s Farm to School Community Development Group is a collaboration of West Virginia partners working toward two primary goals:
“Grow the next generation of farmers in West Virginia and
“Increase the amount of local food served in our schools.“To accomplish these goals we have three focus areas: GROW-EDUCATE-SELL.”
“Approximately 95 percent of West Virginia farms are family-owned; the highest percentage in the U.S.”
“Farm to School is a state and national program that aims to source more local food in school cafeterias, to encourage students to produce for their own school food programs, and to use garden-based learning programs to educate young people about science, math, agriculture and healthy diets. In West Virginia, food purchasing decisions are made at the county level and there are no state-level requirements for farmers to participate. Schools purchase $100 million worth of food each year, very little of which is produced in West Virginia.”
“The biggest hurdle for the state’s Farm To School program is finding enough producers. West Virginia schools spend $100 million a year on food and, despite recent gains, local farmers are capturing only a small fraction of that total. Buying decisions are made at the county level, but school nutrition directors typically look for salad bar items, fresh fruit, eggs and most recently, local meat.”
“The Farm-to-School initiative is an effort to connect schools (K – 12) with regional or local farms in order to serve healthy meals using locally produced foods. Incorporating locally grown, farm-fresh produce as part of a school nutrition program creates a relationship that positively impacts the farm, the community and, most importantly, students in our schools. These programs connect schools with local farms to serve healthy meals in school cafeterias, improve student nutrition (e.g. by increasing fruit and vegetable consumption), provide health and nutrition education opportunities and support local farmers.”
“Schools and communities may initiate and implement a variety of Farm to School activities. Some school districts’ Farm to School activities may solely involve purchasing local farm products, while others view their school garden and farm field trips as “Farm to School.” Each school district must decide how related farm to school activities can complement and support their school meal programs.”
“Volunteer West Virginia”
“Volunteer West Virginia challenges West Virginians to strengthen their communities through service and volunteerism. Through our programs and services, we identify and mobilize resources, promote an ethic of service, and empower communities to solve problems and improve the quality of life for individuals and families.”
“When you join AmeriCorps, you use your energy, ideals, and talents to help others. Plus, you’ll earn a living allowance, money for education, learn to be a leader, and gain real job skills.”
“Try This West Virginia”
“This is a smorgasbord of do-able, practical ideas that can help us turn our dreams of a healthier community into reality. West Virginia is at or near the top of every awful chronic disease list. It doesn’t have to stay that way.”
“Change The Future WV”
“Change the Future WV believes that all West Virginians should live in communities that help them be healthy, rather than places that make it difficult to eat well, be active, and maintain overall physical and mental well-being.”
“West Virginia – Make It Shine”
“The West Virginia Make It Shine Program is a comprehensive program aimed at making WV the cleanest state in the nation. Throughout the state, groups of volunteers, businesses, community organizations and local governments are working to accomplish this goal. It is the responsibility of the WV Make It Shine Program to coordinate the effort of these people to make our state shine!”
“Our highways are a visitor’s introduction to West Virginia, and first impressions can be lasting. Realizing the need for highway beautification, the West Virginia Garden Clubs, Inc. and the Divisions of Highways and Natural Resources joined forces in 1990 to bring beauty and diversity to roadside landscapes by planting native and naturalized wildflowers in areas which normally supported weeds and dense brush. Their objective was also to encourage the preservation of natural stands of native wildflowers that traditionally had been mowed down and the planting of wildflowers on private property. In the last few years highway landscapes have been greatly improved as a result of this cooperative effort which resulted in the creation of West Virginia Operation Wildflower.”
Explore West Virginia Division of Highways’ “Operation Wildflower” Website
“Operation Wildflower has brought beauty and diversity to West Virginia highways for many years. The program has been, and continues to be, an asset to the Mountain State. The program began in 1990 under the DNR with a test site on I-64 near Huntington, West Virginia. The success of the site led to the expansion of the program to include donations from garden clubs and the public. Today, more than 250 acres of wildflowers grow on state roads, including sites on every interstate highway.”
Explore West Virginia Dept. of Environmental Protection’s “Operation Wildflower” Website — as of April 2022, the Operation Wildflower program is apparently no longer in operation – there is no information on either the WVDOH or the WVDEP websites
<<Information on Monarch Butterflies and the need to plant milkweed is on the “State Symbols” page.>>
“The Adopt-A-Highway Program is co-sponsored by the Division of Highways and the Department of Environmental Protection, REAP Program. It was established in the late 1980s to improve the quality of the state’s environment by encouraging public involvement in the elimination of highway litter. Its objective is to save taxpayer money by increasing public awareness and to serve as an educational tool by focusing on the consequences of littering. The program offers volunteers the opportunity to take charge of their own environment by making a positive effort to create a cleaner, more aesthetic place in which to live.
“Individuals, families, churches, businesses, schools, civic organizations, government agencies, scouting groups, fraternities and communities are among the thousands who are current Adopt-A-Highway participants. Anyone who is at least 12 years old may participate.”
“The Adopt-A-Highway Program is co-sponsored by the Division of Highways and the Department of Environmental Protection. It was established in the late 1980’s under the DNR (now a REAP Program) to improve the quality of our environment by encouraging public involvement in the elimination of highway litter. Its objective is to to continue uncheckesave taxpayers money by increasing public awareness and to serve as an educational tool by focusing on the consequences which result when littering is allowed to continue unchecked. The program offers volunteers the opportunity to take charge of their own environment by making a positive effort to create a cleaner, more aesthetic place in which to live.”
“D.A.R.E. West Virginia”
The D.A.R.E. Mission: “Teaching students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives”
The D.A.R.E. Vision: “A world in which students everywhere are empowered to respect others and choose to lead lives free from violence, substance abuse, and other dangerous behaviors.”
“Raze West Virginia”
“A lot of passionate young West Virginians. One mission.”
“We are RAZE. And our mission is clear. We’re putting everything we’ve got into tearing down the lies of Big Tobacco in West Virginia.Tobacco has taken over our state. And now is our time to take it back. We can be the generation of West Virginians that create a serious rebellion against big tobacco and make a real change.”
“Taking action. Saving lives.”
“Tobacco prevention is something we take very seriously, because we know lives are at stake. We demand a healthier future for our friends, our families and ourselves. So our Crews work together to fight for positive change.”
- We raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco use in all its various forms.
- We change attitudes society has held onto for too long about tobacco use.
- We fight back against the lies and manipulation in tobacco marketing.
- We inspire people to break the addiction and start living tobacco-free.
“West Virginia State Social Studies Fair”
“An annual event in which students from across the state demonstrate their knowledge and creativity in the true spirit of 21st Century Learning!”
“National History Day”
“What is the National History Day Contest, you ask? Each year more than half a million students just like you participate. You will choose an historical topic related to the annual theme, and then conduct primary and secondary research. You will look through libraries, archives and museums, conduct oral history interviews, and visit historic sites. After you have analyzed and interpreted your sources, and have drawn a conclusion about the significance of your topic, you will then be able to present your work in one of five ways: as a paper, an exhibit, a performance, a documentary, or a web site.”
Explore WV DOE’s “National History Day” Website (scroll down, then click on “National History Day”)
“Governor’s Schools of West Virginia”
“West Virginia’s Governor’s Schools Offer Students Free Residential Scholastic Opportunity and Chance of a Lifetime.”
“The State of West Virginia is proud to offer The Governor’s Honors Schools, residential summer sessions for academically and/or artistically talented students from across West Virginia. Consisting of programs that take place every summer on the campuses of various state colleges and institutions of learning, the programs are based on the premise that West Virginia’s youth must be provided with special opportunities for learning and personal development in order for them to realize their full potential.”
“Want to have an amazing summer and show off your talent?”
Explore Governor’s Schools of West Virginia’s “Students” Website “. . . that can tell you just where you need to go for finding information about the Governor’s School for your grade.”
“The Future is You”
“Join Emily Calandrelli as she travels West Virginia and explores careers in STEM in this series from WVPB and the West Virginia Department of Education.” [Ten videos recorded in 2021 and 2022.]
“Find a career in STEM. The Future is You! with Emily Calandrelli” featuring:
- Morgan Johnson, Marshall University student majoring in Mechanical Engineering.
- Callyn Zeigler, WVU student majoring in Computer Engineering.
- Amina Irfan, WVU student majoring in Aerospace Engineering.
- Cindy Rodina Instructor of Aviation Maintenance Technology, Pierpont Community & Technical College.
- Tracy Miller, President, Mid-Atlantic Aerospace Complex
- Grace Lenhart, Industrial Engineer – Pratt & Whitney Engine Services.
- Arria Hines, CEO of Allegheny Science & Technology.
- Jeanne Oiler, CTE Engineering Instructor, Project Lead the Way – University High School.
- Jennifer Saul, Analytics Consultant for Advanced Technical Solutions/New Era Technology.
- Dominique Ranieri, Assistant Airport Director and Chief Operating Officer, Yeager Airport.
“West Virginia Health Sciences and Technology Academy”
“Health Sciences & Technology Academy, known as HSTA, is a one-of-a-kind mentoring program in the state of West Virginia that helps participating high school students enter and succeed in STEM-based undergraduate and graduate degree programs. HSTA marshals the efforts of hundreds of mentors—teachers, community members, higher-education faculty and staff, and the HSTA participants themselves—through a framework that supports students facing social and financial challenges to obtaining a diploma and moving on to college.”
“West Virginia Robotics Alliance”
“The Home of K-12 Robotics Programs in WV”
“NASA’s Robotic Alliance Project consists of members from across government and education dedicated to the promotion of robotics through competitions. The Robotic Alliance mission is to create a human, technical, and programmatic resource of robotics capabilities to enable the implementation of future robotic space exploration missions.”
“The West Virginia Robotics Alliance is managed by the Education Resource Center (ERC) team at the Katherine Johnson NASA IV&V Facility in Fairmont, WV. The ERC is funded by a grant from NASA and managed by Fairmont State University.
“We manage thirteen robotics initiatives, run qualifying and championship tournaments, offer summer camps across the state, provide teacher and coach trainings, and host international robotics competitions.”
“At this time, any interested students, educators, coaches, mentors, or sponsors are encouraged to engage in the currently supported robotics initiatives in West Virginia including Junior FIRST LEGO® League, FIRST LEGO® League, FIRST Tech Challenge, FIRST Robotics Competition, VEX IQ, VEX Robotics Competition, Vex U, Skills USA, and Zero Robotics.
“From kindergarten through college, there are a growing number of robotics programs available to students here in West Virginia. The excitement of robotics education gives students practical, hands-on experience in engineering, programming, collaboration, and communication.”[Available programs may vary from those shown here – see the WVRA website for current information.]
FIRST LEGO League Junior: Grades K-3
FIRST LEGO League: Grades 4-8
VEX IQ: Grades 4-8
Zero Robotics Middle School: Grades 5-8
VEX Robotics Competition: Grades 5-12
FIRST Tech Challenge: Grades 7-12
Zero Robotics: Grades 7-12
FIRST Robotics Competition: Grades 9-12
Skills USA: Grade 9-CTC
VEX U: Post-Secondary
“West Virginia STEAM” / “Inspiring West Virginians” / “Appalachian Innovators”
[Available videos may be different when you visit the website]
“West Virginia STEAM is a series of videos designed to [help] middle and high school students consider careers in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics. They are produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting with help from the West Virginia Department of Education.”
- Nanoengineer and the Scientific Method
- Pipefitter and the Pythagorean Theorem
- Nurse (and) the Frontline of Family History
- The Art of an Iron Alchemist
- Forensic Science in the Crime Lab
- Advanced Manufacturing Technicians are In-Demand
“Inspiring West Virginians – The series from WV Public Broadcasting profiles West Virginians who have exceptional careers in scientific fields. Curriculum for science and social studies is included.”
- Kim Weaver: Astrophysicist
- Rodney Bartgis: Conservationist
- Dr. Lewis Cantley: Medical Researcher
- Geoffrey Cousins: Heart Surgeon
- Katherine Johnson: NASA Computer
- John Ochsendorf: Structural Engineer
“Appalachian Innovators – Video programs dealing with innovations in carbon fibers, lavender farming, job creation, and rare earth elements are included in this collection. Lesson plans and discussion questions are included.”
- Lavender Farming
- Trail Town
- Generation West Virginia
- How One Man Is Using Coal to Help Blast Rockets into Space
- Rare Earth Elements
“American Graduate – Building West Virginia’s Workforce”
“The American Graduate Project looks at CTE programs and the job market for technical skills in the Mountain State and across the United States. In some situations, these programs may be available to students while they are still in high school! It’s certainly something recent graduates and adult learners of all ages can explore.”
“As the Mountain State’s skilled workforce ages and manufacturing evolves to use technology, there are job opportunities in West Virginia that require some training or certification, but not a 4-year degree. West Virginia Public Broadcasting takes a look at the career pathways that are available in West Virginia.”
A growing number of videos. Topics thus far include:
- Training and Apprenticeships – takes a look at training and apprenticeships as a pathways to employment.
- The West Virginia Laborers’ Training Center – has apprenticeship programs for students from all over West Virginia.
- Businesses Need Workers Now – Listen to a business leader talk about the importance of fostering skilled workers.
- Workforce West Virginia – a clearing house for all things employment and training related.
- Painters Training – earn a wage while training to be a painter.
- Iron Workers Training – see what Iron Workers do and what kind of training is available.
- Carpenters Training – hear what it is like to participate in the Carpenters’ Apprenticeship program.
- Lineman Training – Learn and Earn – Begin earning a wage while you are still learning a job.
“West Virginia Career and Technical Education – CTE” – West Virginia Dept. of Education
“Career Technical Education (CTE) programs are changing, evolving and innovating to better serve West Virginia’s needs by preparing students to help drive our success and vitality. Further, CTE is creating an educational environment that integrates core academics with real-world relevance. CTE is transforming expectations and making a difference for students, for businesses and industry, for West Virginia and for the global community.”
“In the last two decades, career technical education has evolved from “voc” education to high tech programs that promote increased academic rigor. The problem that continues to haunt the secondary career technical programs is the perception that career technical education is a set of less-demanding classes taken by students who are not interested in or able to go to college. This is far from the truth. New career technical programs being offered in West Virginia’s career technical schools include Project Lead the Way — pre-engineering curriculum with emphasis on science, math, and technology, Cisco Networking — high level computer interfacing for business, Gaming — technology graphic design, and many more.”
“Student Organizations” – West Virginia Dept. of Education
“Career and Technical Student Organizations integrate into Career and Technical Education programs and courses. CTSOs extend teaching and learning through innovative programs, business and community partnerships and leadership experiences at the school, state and national levels. CTSOs are a powerful avenue for helping our nation address key challenges such as workforce development, student achievement, economic vitality and global competitiveness. CTSOs are authorized as a co-curricular organization by the U.S. Congress in the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act.”
“West Virginia Career and Technical Education Facilities”
- 25 High Schools with five or more occupational areas
- 23 County Centers with five or more occupational areas
- 7 Multi-County Centers
- 16 Colleges/Universities offering career/technical education
- 3 Specialized Facilities offering career/technical education
Career and Technical Education includes: [This list may change – contact your local institution for current availability]
Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
Architecture & Construction
Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
Business Management & Administration
Education & Training
Government & Public Administration
Hospitality & Tourism
Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
“Similar . . .
“Career and Technical Education”
<<<— Both provide training in many of the same areas —>>>
“Community and Technical College System”
. . . But Different ”
“West Virginia Career and Technical Education” (CTE):
is part of the West Virginia Department of Education.
“Community and Technical College System of West Virginia”
is part of the West Virginia Higher Education System.
They are separate entities, but both are among the many, many opportunities in West Viginia that can help you get a great job that does NOT require a 4-year degree.
“Community and Technical College System of West Virginia – WVCTCS”
“The mission of the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia is to promote and provide high-quality, accessible, and responsive education and training opportunities that maximize student learning, improve the standard of living for West Virginians, and contribute to the economic vitality and competitiveness of our state.”
“Our colleges offer a wide range of training opportunities to meet your workforce needs. We can also deliver customized training and professional continuing education (CEU) courses.” [This list may change – see website or your local institution for current information]
Business & Software
• Business Etiquette/Ethics
• Business & Office Management
• Crystal Reports
• Desktop Publishing
• Microsoft Access
• Microsoft Excel
• Microsoft PowerPoint
• Microsoft Word
• OSHA and Workplace Safety
• Website Design
• Windows Vista
• ICD-9 / CPT
• Legal Concepts in Healthcare
• Medical Assistant
• Medical Coding & Billing
• Medical Transcription
• 2009 Energy Codes Training
• BPI® Building Analyst
• Green Advantage®
• Green Construction Technologies
• HERS® Home Energy Auditor
Engineering & Information Technology
• AC/DC Circuits
• Basic Diesel Repair
• Basic Electricity
• Chemical Processing
• Civil Engineering Technology
• Construction Estimating
• Drafting & Design
• Fluid Power/Hydraulics
• Information Technology:
– CISCO CCNA Certification
– MCSE Certification
– PC Repair
– SQL & SQL Server
• Manufacturing Processes
• Mechanical Engineering
• Mine Safety
• National Electric Code Update
“9 Colleges. 27 Campuses.”
“90% of the fastest growing jobs require education beyond high school.
“The fastest growing and best paying jobs may require some college. Individuals need a solid academic foundation to meet increasing skill demands of 21st century jobs. Jobs requiring associate degrees are expected to grow the fastest (32%), and bachelor’s degree next (24%).
“Technical programs through community and technical colleges may require only one year to complete, while others require two years.”
“Learn More – Earn More!” – Community and Technical College System of West Virginia
(5:37/2013 / CTCS)
“West Virginia Gear Up”
“West Virginia GEAR UP is a federally funded program that helps students in ten counties prepare to succeed in education and training beyond high school. “GEAR UP” stands for “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs,” and the program’s goal is to help more students pursue their dreams of earning a college diploma or skillset certificate.”
“Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy” – West Virginia National Guard
“Making ChaNGe a Reality . . . Your Reality, Your School, Your Future”
“The Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy is the “first choice” special alternative education program in the State of WV, providing a safe, secure, structured training environment for volunteer youth who strive to improve their life, enhance their future, and who are ultimately better for having the ChalleNGe experience.”
“The mission of the Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy is to train and mentor selected at-risk youth to become contributing members of society using the 8 Core Components . . . during a 22-week residential and one year post-residential follow-up program.”
- Are you between the ages of 16 to 18?
- Are you having trouble in school?
- Do you have the desire to change your life and don’t know how to?
“The Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy may be for you!”
“DREAM, BELIEVE, ACHIEVE”
“What is the Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy?”
“The Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy is designed to give academically challenged teens a second chance at obtaining their basic education. High School Diplomas are available for those who qualify under the Option 1 Pathway.”
“The ability to earn a traditional high school diploma, with all the rights and privileges of that credential, will open a large variety of career opportunities to Academy graduates, including military service.”
“TASC – Test Assessing Secondary Completion”
“Congratulations on taking the first step to a better future!
“Preparing for and earning the a high school equivalency diploma is one of the most important journeys of your life! West Virginia currently uses the TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion™ (TASC) to demonstrate the attainment of skills equivalent to those at the high school completion level. Many people just like you have taken the TASC™Tests to get a better job, continue their education, or prove to themselves they can accomplish dreams they once thought were impossible.”
[The GED has been replaced by TASC in West Virginia and many other states]
[You may also contact your local Board of Education office for information about these programs]
“Classroom 2 Career Navigator”
“Navigate your future to find information on careers, colleges, military service, entrepreneurship, and on-the-job training. . . The Classroom 2 Career Navigator is a repository of information that aids counselors, students, families and the broader community in learning more about college, military, entrepreneurship and career pathways as well as on-the-job training opportunities available in the state.”
Explore West Virginia Department of Education (WVDoE)/West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC)/West Virginia Community and Technical College System (WVCTCS) “Classroom 2 Career” Website-
“Whether you’re a high school student, a college graduate, a certified teacher from out-of-state, returning to the classroom, or somewhere in-between, there is a pathway for you. Let us help you get there!”
“Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. For eligible young people at least 16 years of age that qualify as low income, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life.”
“Job Corps is the largest nationwide residential career training program in the country and has been operating for more than 50 years. The program helps eligible young people ages 16 through 24 complete their high school education, trains them for meaningful careers, and assists them with obtaining employment. Job Corps has trained and educated over two million individuals since 1964.”
“At Job Corps, students have access to room and board while they learn skills in specific training areas for up to three years. In addition to helping students complete their education, obtain career technical skills and gain employment, Job Corps also provides transitional support services, such as help finding employment, housing, child care, and transportation. Job Corps graduates either enter the workforce or an apprenticeship, go on to higher education, or join the military.”
There are 2 Job Corps Centers in West Virginia:
Charleston Job Corps Center
1000 Curtis Price Way
Charleston, WV 25311
Harpers Ferry Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center
146 Buffalo Dr
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
“Kids’ Chance of West Virginia”
“Kids’ Chance of West Virginia is a nonprofit organization which provides scholarships to the sons and daughters of West Virginia residents who have been seriously, catastrophically or fatally injured in a work-related accident. Too often these children lack the financial resources to attend an accredited trade school, vocational school, college or university. Kids’ Chance provides scholarships that allow them to pursue a degree or certificate in any field of study at both in-state and out of state schools.”
“College Foundation of West Virginia”
“To help ALL West Virginians prepare for and succeed in postsecondary education and a career.
“CFWV is coordinated by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission in conjunction with the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education, the West Virginia Department of Education and West Virginia GEAR UP.”
“West Virginia PROMISE Scholarship”
“The PROMISE Scholarship is a merit-based financial aid program for West Virginia residents. Students who achieve certain academic goals are eligible to receive funds to help pay for college. Eligible high school graduates will receive annual awards up to $4,750 to cover the cost of tuition and mandatory fees at public or independent institutions in West Virginia.”
“West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission”
“West Virginia’s four-year public higher education system includes 12 Colleges and Universities that offer vast opportunities for a high-quality education at an affordable cost.”
- Bluefield State College
- Concord University
- Fairmont State University
- Glenville State College
- Marshall University
- Potomac State College of West Virginia University
- Shepherd University
- West Liberty University
- West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
- West Virginia State University
- West Virginia University
- West Virginia University Institute of Technology
“West Virginia Independent Colleges & Universities”
“Attending a West Virginia Private College or University is Possible: Let Us Help You.
“Ninety-four percent of students at West Virginia’s independent schools and universities receive financial aid and 32% are classified as underserved or needy. The average financial aid package is $20,647.
“Contact the admissions office of one of our seven member institutions for information.” [Ohio Valley University closed in early 2022]
- Alderson Broaddus University
- Appalachian Bible College
- Bethany College
- Davis & Elkins College
- University of Charleston
Ohio Valley University
- Wheeling University
- West Virginia Wesleyan College
“United States Department of Defense”
“The Department of Defense is America’s oldest and largest government agency. With our military tracing its roots back to pre-Revolutionary times, the Department of Defense has grown and evolved with our nation.
“Today, the Department is not only in charge of the military, . . . but it also employs a civilian force of thousands. With over 1.4 million men and women on active duty, and 718,000 civilian personnel, we are the nation’s largest employer. Another 1.1 million serve in the National Guard and Reserve forces. More than 2 million military retirees and their family members receive benefits.”
“The national security depends on our defense installations and facilities being in the right place, at the right time, with the right qualities and capacities to protect our national resources. Those resources have never been more important as America fights terrorists who plan and carry out attacks on our facilities and our people. Our military service members and civilians operate in every time zone and in every climate. More than 450,000 employees are overseas, both afloat and ashore.”
“Today’s Military” – US Department of Defense
“You Have A Calling. We Have An Answer.”
“Military Service Branches: The U.S. Military consists of six active-duty service branches and their respective Guard and Reserve units. Together, they offer a broad variety of ways to serve.”
“Volunteering. Engineering. Performing — just some of the passions service members pursue. Watch them discover their calling, then continue your journey with bonus content.”
Explore “Today’s Military” Website – [This is a very comprehensive US Government website. Links to all branches of service — Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Space Force, and Coast Guard – including Active Duty, Reserves, and National Guard.]
“When it comes to learning about the Military, knowing where to start your research may seem daunting. Don’t worry — we’re here to help. The first steps to considering service include understanding the Military’s basic entrance requirements, exploring the different Service branches and deciding between enlisted and officer career paths.”
“United States Military Academy – West Point”
“Being accepted for admission to the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point is an exceptional honor reserved for our nation’s most promising students. But it takes more than excellent grades to be accepted for admission. West Point wants leaders who are not only intelligent, who are physically fit and of outstanding character. Those who are selected to attend USMA receive a college education that is unparalleled in the world with tuition, room and board, and expenses fully paid.”
“United States Naval Academy”
“As the undergraduate college of our country’s naval service, the Naval Academy prepares young men and women to become professional officers of competence, character, and compassion in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Naval Academy students are midshipmen on active duty in the U.S. Navy. They attend the Academy for four years, graduating with Bachelor of Science degrees and then commissioning as Ensigns in the Navy or Second Lieutenants in the Marine Corps. Naval Academy graduates serve at least five years in the Navy or Marine Corps.”
“United States Air Force Academy”
“The United States Air Force Academy offers a four-year program of instruction and experience designed to provide cadets the knowledge and character essential for leadership, and the motivation to serve as Air Force career officers. Each cadet graduates with a bachelor of science degree and a commission as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. From the moment you arrive, we give you real-world challenges. You get hands-on experiences that push you to your limits — and beyond. You’ll get to learn, lead, compete and serve. “The Air Force’s Academy: Developing Leaders of Character.”
“United States Coast Guard Academy”
“The U.S. Coast Guard Academy is proud to educate leaders of a multi-mission, maritime military force. As a commissioned officer in the Coast Guard, you will be leading a team of men and women who are continually called on to serve their community, country and fellow citizens. While the United States Coast Guard is notable as the oldest life-saving service in the world, its roles include more than just Maritime Safety and Security. The Coast Guard is also called upon for critical service in protection of natural resources, maritime mobility (management of maritime traffic, commerce and navigation) and national defense.”
“United States Space Force”
“The United States Space Force is a separate and distinct branch of the armed services, organized under the Department of the Air Force in a manner very similar to how the Marine Corps is organized under the Department of the Navy. While a separate process for joining the U.S. Space Force is being developed, the best way to apply to join the Space Force is through the U.S. Air Force and an Air Force recruiter.”
“West Virginia Small Business Development Center”
“The West Virginia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a statewide network that provides essential information for successfully starting, expanding and growing a business. SBDC programs are designed to provide high-quality business and economic development assistance to promote growth, expansion, innovation, increased productivity and management improvement.”
“The West Virginia Small Business Development Center provides assistance to existing small businesses, as well as entrepreneurs who desire to start their own business. The center can help develop business plans as well as the skills needed to meet the challenges of starting a business.” (4:57/2014 / WVCommerce)
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