CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) learned, during its monthly meeting, of an opportunity available for eligible high school students enrolled at Greenbrier East and Greenbrier West to enroll in Greenbrier University.
Greenbrier University is an innovative program where students gain valuable paid work experience, academic credit and potentially college credit through the school and business partnership with Greenbrier Resort.
State board members heard from Greenbrier County Schools Superintendent Sallie Dalton, Greenbrier East Principal Jeff Bryant, Greenbrier Hotel HR Recruiter Beth Fallon, and Greenbrier Special Projects Representative Holly Burns about the partnership between Greenbrier County Schools and the Greenbrier Resort.
“We applaud the Greenbrier County School System for looking beyond traditional classes and providing unique opportunities for its students,” said Gayle Manchin, WVBE president. “Greenbrier University will deliver career and experiential opportunities for high school students while building a skilled workforce from local communities.”
The Greenbrier Resort is the largest private employer in Greenbrier County with peak seasonal employment at about 1800. Students participating in Greenbrier University are gaining valuable work and career experience at the Greenbrier Resort while earning wages that exceed minimum wage. New River Community and Technical College has also partnered with high schools to use work experience as a way to gain postsecondary credit.
Before a student can enter Greenbrier University, they must go through the application and interview process, pass a drug test and be able to work 20 hours a week. In addition, high school teacher “facilitators” will work with Greenbrier Resort supervisors.
The first class of student employees began in June of 2014 with 20 students working or slated to begin working prior to the beginning of the 2014-15 school year.
Greenbrier Resort departments that are participating in Greenbrier University include hotel operations; culinary; sports and recreation; conference services; engineering; sales and marketing; entertainment; food and beverage; golf; retail; spa; housekeeping; grounds; and maintenance.
For more information contact Liza Cordeiro in West Virginia Department of Education Communication Office at 304-558-2699.