CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY)- Presidents and representatives of Southern West Virginia’s most known ten public institutions of higher education met at the State Capitol to announce the formation of an alliance to create jobs and pathways for economic success.
“Nobody needs the program more than Southern WV and Appalachia. We know how hard coal has been hit and that was the economy of West Virginia for so many decades and now they are going to use the circula in schools and change it on a dime to be responsive to economic development in Southern WV,” said Mac Warner, Secretary of State.
The goal of the alliance is to learn about resources that already exist and build long lasting partnerships that will lead to revitalization in our Southern West Virginia communities.
Representatives from two local colleges, Bluefield State College and New River Community and Technical College, are part of the alliance and shared how it will positively impact their schools.
“To involve our faculty and our students even more closely with our region, with our cities and to help grow the economy that we have,” said Marsha Krostsang, President of Bluefield College.
“To increase the number of students that graduate from our institution so that they can have better paying jobs,” said Marshall Washington, New River Community and Technical College President.
The Secretary of State shared with WOAY after the meeting that they are hoping to expand the alliance by teaming up with local Southern West Virginia College to help our economy here.