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Sparking Early Literacy Growth

Even amid talk of COVID-19’s “lost year of learning,” the urgency to help West Virginia’s youngest learners strengthen their reading and writing skills was never lost on the state’s education leaders. The WVPEC and partners are committed to improve West Virginia's literacy rates by the end of third grade through innovative projects.

Learn more and see what projects are taking place in your region 

Focus Forward:
Beyond the Cloud Videos

West Virginia is poised to become the epicenter of a multibillion-dollar expansion of our nation’s private weather industry. Revisit past Focus Forward events and discover how you can be part of the transformation.

Learn more about Focus Forward: Beyond the Cloud 

Focus Forward:
Beyond the Cloud Part I

March 17, 2021

Focus Forward:
Beyond the Cloud Part II

April 22, 2021

Focus Forward
Design Thinking Workshop

April 22, 2021

Events and Initiatives

Focus Forward meeting

Focus Forward

Preparing today for the West Virginia of tomorrow by examining how emerging issues will impact education, the economy and our workforce.

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West Virginia University panel at the 2018 Legislators’ Forum.

Legislators’ Forum

Convening legislative leaders with experts in education and business to advance West Virginia’s public education system.

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Man giving speech in front of large crowd

K-12 Speakers Bureau

Connecting West Virginia students with experts in the workforce to inspire the next generation of talent.

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Photo of children reading together in a school library

Sparking Early Literacy Growth

Embracing the challenge to improve West Virginia’s literacy levels by the end of third grade.

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Through collaboration and innovative approaches, the WVPEC is creating a pipeline from PreK-12 students to higher education to businesses and jobs. By intersecting education and economic development, the WVPEC helps build a stronger, more diverse workforce that will drive West Virginia’s economy for generations to come.

Member Partners

Alliance for Excellent Education
Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center
         The Education Alliance 
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Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation


Forge Business solutions
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   Pierpoint Community and Technical College
remake learning
the Rural school and community trust logo
Shepherd University logo
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