Executive Exclusives

West Virginia’s Public Libraries: Essential to a Successful State

Posted On: October 12, 2017

By Karen Goff West Virginia is home to more public libraries than Walmart stores and McDonalds combined. These libraries vary in size from 724 square feet to more than 66,000 square feet and in annual operating budgets from $27,000 to $8.1 million. They all have books, provide access points to cyberspace and preserve local history. Libraries develop and enhance [...]

Creating the Cornerstone: Building a Brighter Future in Wayne County

Posted On: October 09, 2017

By Cheryl King Devastation from the loss of jobs in the coal mining industry still hovers like a black cloud over the southern counties in West Virginia. Many are working hard to make a difference with new job opportunities. Park Ferguson is working tirelessly in Wayne County. Ferguson grew up on a farm in Wayne County with his parents [...]

Bonnie’s Bus: Making a Positive Impact in West Virginia

Posted On: October 06, 2017

By Sherry Stoneking The new coach-style Bonnie’s Bus is making an impact as it travels across West Virginia, bringing a lifesaving service to women in the communities where they work and live. A service of WVU Medicine and the WVU Cancer Institute, the 45-foot, state-of-the-art mobile mammography vehicle offers 3-D mammography screenings and breast care education. It replaced the [...]

WVU School of Dentistry: Innovation in Oral Health

Posted On: October 04, 2017

By Sunshine Wiles-Gidley The West Virginia University (WVU) School of Dentistry is joining forces with a philanthropic educational group to give the next generation of Mountaineers access to advanced dental equipment during their clinical instruction. The Center for Research and Education in Technology, or CRET, is a nonprofit consortium of academics and industry. The organization essentially takes a dental [...]

Raising the Bar: FabLab Gives Marshall County Students Hands-On Learning Experience

Posted On: October 02, 2017

By Lee Ann Wainwright If a John Marshall High School student needs a new phone case, a simple Wal-Mart trip or Amazon order will likely do the trick, but when classes resumed this fall, students had another choice—make one. Working to enhance STEM opportunities, John Marshall High School opened West Virginia’s first FabLab this fall. This hands-on digital fabrication [...]

A Mountain State Adventure: WVU Offers Unique Orientation Experience

Posted On: September 29, 2017

By Marion Holmes Every fall students across the country pack up their belonging and head to colleges and universities to start their first year as college students. These students are met with a host of obstacles as they transition into college, including challenges relating to academics, time management, course and major selection, being away from home and finding a [...]

Mountain State Manufacturing

Posted On: September 27, 2017

By Joe Eddy and Rebecca McPhail The manufacturing industry helps drive West Virginia and its economy. Manufacturers employ 6.44 percent of the state’s workforce, and for every $1 spent in manufacturing, another $1.40 is added to the economy—the highest multiplier effect of any economic sector. Middle schoolers interested in learning more about West Virginia’s manufacturing industry will soon have [...]