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WV eMentoring is an online career-based mentoring program that helps you learn more about a career pathway that interests you.

College Foundation of West Virginia
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Community and Technical College System of West Virginia

The mission of the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia is to deliver affordable, accessible high quality education and training that dynamically advances the economic and social development of West Virginia.

EDGE Credits

EDGE allows students to take high school courses for community and technical college credit. Students can earn an Associate Degree with substantial savings. If you take the right courses in high school, you can save up to $3,000 in college tuition. Students who take the college credit courses available in high school could earn an Associate Degree within one year after high school or along with a high school diploma. There are great careers available in only two years! Visit the EDGE site for examples of high-skill and high wage jobs available through two-year programs!

Strategic Compass

West Virginia's Strategic Compass is a customized career assessment and exploration system.

On-Target Credit Recovery

The alarming statistics are all too familiar. Another student gives up on school every 29 seconds nationwide, resulting in more than one million high school students who drop out of American high schools every year. Nearly one-third of all public high school students fail to graduate from high school with their class. In West Virginia alone, students failed more than 25,000 courses in 2008-09.

The WV Department of Education is dedicated to reducing dropout rates and increasing graduation rates for students in West Virginia. To this end, the WV Virtual School is unveiling onTargetWV, a program that will allow students to recover credits they need for graduation and help them develop skills and work habits that contribute to their continued academic success. The new onTargetWV program offers rigorous credit recovery courses with additional scaffolding to sustain learning. These courses are engaging, interactive, and provide differentiated instruction to supply the extra support students need to be successful. An online instructor grades works, answers questions, and provides individualized instruction as needed.

West Virginia Career Pathways

Career Pathways act as a personal GPS system for individuals to find their way to gainful employment and a successful career. America's economy has shifted from an industrial model to an information-technology model. The shift created a significant increase in high-skilled occupations and a major decline in low skill jobs. Because today's workplace needs are more defined, today's job seeker cannot rely on a generalist approach to their future career. Individuals seeking gainful employment need to possess a high level of career knowledge so they can make informed decisions when choosing a career direction.

The Career Pathways illustrated in this publication focus on a 2+2 (high school to community college) time-shortened, cost-saving plan to specific occupations. Please keep in mind that a third +2 (four year college) can always be added to the individual Career Pathways.

GED® Option Pathway

West Virginia is blending the GED® Tests with a Career Technical Education (CTE) pathway. This pathway is a chance for high school students to remain in school, take the GED® Tests and graduate on time!

In order for the student to become an Option student, student must be behind her/his ninth grade cohorts at least one year in credits or at risk of dropping out of school. The student must then be recommended by a teacher, counselor or principal to the GED Option Team. There will be a meeting of the staff member referring the student, the Option Team, the student, and the parent. Written consent from the parent must be obtained before placement into the program.

The Option student's plan will include the following:

  • Attends GED preparation classes
  • Passes the GED Tests
  • Completes a 21st Century job preparation "21st Century Global Skills" program
  • Completes the four (4) required core courses in a CTE skilled pathway concentration or any program of study resulting in a certification
  • Meets standards on the WorkKeys® job skills assessment
  • Reaches or exceeds the cut score set by WVDE on the End-of-Concentration Performance Assessment, if applicable.

The student successful in achieving all of the stated requirements will receive a high school diploma.

Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy

The basic qualifications for acceptance into the Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy are:

  • 16-18 years of age on Opening Day
  • Educationally at-risk
  • Free of illegal drugs
  • Mentally and physically capable to participate in the Program
  • Not currently under indictment or convicted of a felony offense
  • West Virginia resident
  • Must attend an OPI (Orientation, Processing, Interview)

A mandatory drug screen will be conducted on Opening Day. Applicants may not enter the Academy if they test positive for the presence of illegal drugs.

Job Corps

Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. For eligible young people at least 16 years of age that qualify as low income, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life.

If you or someone you know is interested in joining Job Corps, call (800) 733-JOBS or (800) 733-5627 where an operator will provide you with general information about Job Corps, refer you to the admissions counselor closest to where you live, and mail you an information packet.

Dropouts are more likely to be involved with drugs than high school graduates.