Randolph County students recognized for efforts in technology education


MA MORE FRO MORE FROM MILL CREEK. STAFF MEMBERS FROM WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY WERE AT TYGART VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL FRIDAY MORNING TO ANNOUNCE THE SCHOOL’S WINNING SCORES FOR THE FIRST YEAR OF THE MAKERMINDED PROGRAM. IT’S AN ONLINE PROGRAM THAT ENCOURAGES STUDENTS TO LOOK INTO MANUFACTURING CAREERS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL. PROGRAM STAFF MEMBERS SAY IT’S A FIELD THAT WILL NEED MORE QUALIFIED WORKERS SOER THAN LATER. “IT IS PREDICTED THAT 3.5 MILLION MANUFACTURING JOBS WILL COME ABOUT IN THE NEXT DECADE, AND IF WE CONTINUE WITH THE CURRENT HIRING TRENDS, AND PLANNING TRENDS AND EMPLOYMENT TRENDS, THEN A DEFICIT A DEFICIT OF TWO MILLION WORKERS FOR THOSE JOBS.” THE PROGRAM IS ALREADY LAUNCHING FOR A SECOND YEAR IN WEST VIRGINIA AFTER BEING USED IN OTHER STATES. TVHS PRINCIPAL MATTHEW POSTLETHWAIT SAYS THE REASON FOR THE PROGRAM’S SUCCESS IN HIS SCHOOL ISN’T A MYSTERY TO HIM. “THIS ISN’T TEXTBOOK TECHNOLOGY, THIS IS PUTTING YOUR HANDS ON, WORKING WITH THINGS, BEING CREATIVE. THEY’RE THE ACTUAL DOERS, AND I THINK ANY TIME YOU GET STUDENTS INVOLVED IN BECOMING THE THE PARTIC THE PARTICIPANTS, THEN I THINK YOU’RE GOING TO BE WINNING THE STUDENTS OVER.” FOR SOME PEOPLE, MANUFACTURING CAREERS SOMETHING SOMETHING STUDENTS NEED MORE EDUCATION FOR AFTER HIGH SCHOOL, BUT MANY OF THE JOBS EXPECTED TO OPEN UP IN THE NEXT DECADE WILL REQUIRE HIGH-TECH SKILLS THAT MOST STUDENTS DON’T ACQUIRE IN HIGH SCHOOL. “THERE ARE ALSO MANY, MANY OF THEM THAT YOU NEED SOME VOCATIONAL TRAINING AND A CERTAIN SKILLSET FOR. THERE ARE A LOT OF MANUFACTURING JOBS THAT ARE USING A LOT OF TECHNOLOGY AND CODING SKILLS, AND THOSE ARE INDUSTRIES THAT WE REALLY NEED TO START SUPPORTING HERE IN WEST VIRGINIA BECAUSE THOSE

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