W.Va. hopes tech-voc education will remedy skills gap, opioid crisis

  • West Virginia wants to revive technical-vocational education in an effort to turn around the state’s economy, The New York Times (NYT) reports. Based on statistics from the Social Science Research Council, 17% of West Virginia’s young adults are neither working nor in school, a rate surpassed only by New Mexico, NYT says.
  • Educators are hoping to get the students ready for higher-skilled jobs in areas such as equipment maintenance or environmental compliance, instead of entry-level or dangerous jobs, such as laying pipeline, according to the report. As part of the training, students are given titles such as foreman or safety supervisor, punch a time clock and are allowed several vacation days.

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