Senator Capito Speaks to Local Graduates

The Raleigh County Health Sciences and Technology Academy graduated another class on Tuesday.
The program had nearly 30 students from Independence, Liberty, Shady Springs, and
Woodrow Wilson High Schools.
HSTA was established in 1994 and has helped more than 2,500 graduates of the program
explore and pay for college options within the state.
Senator Shelley Moore Capito was the keynote speaker and said this is a vital program
because it concentrates on areas where we have shortages.
“It mentors people. You have teachers that help take away the stigma or the fear factor of going on to school and telling them as coaches that you can do it and concentrate on the health, science, and technology areas where we have shortages,” said Senator Capito.
The program reaches students who are first-generation, low income, rural and/or minorities in the
STEM fields to encourage college exploration.

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