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CTE in the News: W.Va. developing CTE courses to meet energy industry demands

West Virginia education and industry leaders are collaborating to develop CTE courses in advanced energy, power and engineered systems in order to prepare students for high-demand jobs, according to an Associated Press article in The Republic.

The state Department of Education’s Office of Career and Technical Innovation is leading the work, which is aimed to meet workforce demands for the growing energy industry, the article said.

American Electric Power engineers have worked with the state since the project’s inception last year. The company is working with faculty from Marshall University, West Virginia University Institute of Technology, West Virginia University at Parkersburg and Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College, and also oil and gas industry representatives.

West Virginia is one of 12 states the Southern Regional Education Board selected to tackle the “Preparation for Tomorrow” curriculum for career technical centers. Each state must develop four standards-based, high-demand career technical courses that are aligned to the state’s economic needs and opportunities.

Erin Uy, Communications and Marketing Manager

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