On October 22, 2020, Discover the Real West Virginia Foundation (DRWV) and the West Virginia Public Education Collaborative (WVPEC) joined forces for an important presentation and discussion regarding the key trends affecting cyber and IT workforce development, and what is being done to help address barriers to filling in-demand tech jobs.
For several years, DRWV and WV Forward have been monitoring developments at the federal
level to tackle a significant barrier to filling cyber/IT jobs in West Virginia:
the substantial national backlog in security clearances, and the resulting lack
of cleared individuals to fill critical jobs.
The state’s business leaders and educators now have the opportunity to learn more about the latest federal developments for cleared sectors, and the critical work being done to prepare the next generation of West Virginia’s workforce to fill these in-demand positions.
A series of panels comprised of industry leaders, researchers, government officials, and policy experts highlighted the following: