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Students in ten West Virginia counties are going to receive extra help preparing for college and career training programs.

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission will receive a $21 million grant to help students in the state. The U.S. Department of Education announced today that the Commission will be awarded the “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs or GEAR UP grant. It’s the second GEAR UP grant the HEPC has received. Jessica Kennedy is the Assistant Director of Communications for the HEPC.

West Virginia Wesleyan's Wesley Chapel, framed by the college's fountain, under a blue September sky.
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Two West Virginia higher education institutions got some great news this month from the federal government.

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Concord University was once again named among the best colleges in the region by an influential report.

U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges annual report was released earlier this week. Concord University was ranked in more than one area.

Concord University ranked fifth in the Best Regional Colleges South. The Regional Colleges category focuses on schools that focus primarily on undergraduate study.

The rankings are based on criteria that measure academic quality.


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There is American football, there is golf, and there is the original football, which Americans call soccer. Now there is FootGolf – a combination of soccer and golf. Pipestem Resort State Park is the only place to play it in West Virginia

Soccer teams from Concord University plan to use the course on Thursday, but according to a release, they won’t be playing soccer.


The Science of Smart

Sep 5, 2014

Until recently, we didn't know much about the best ways to learn. Now that's changing. Over recent decades, experts working in cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience have opened new windows into how the brain works, and how we can learn to learn better. In this American RadioWorks program, we look at some of the big ideas coming out of brain science. We meet the researchers who are unlocking the secrets of how the brain acquires and holds on to knowledge. And we introduce listeners to the teachers and students who are trying to apply that knowledge in the real world.

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West Virginia is sharing more than $17.3 million from NASA to increase student and faculty engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at community colleges and technical schools.

Officials say the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia is getting funding through the National Space Grant and Fellowship Program.

Can the Structure of Public Education be Changed?

Aug 11, 2014
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Members of the state’s education community met Monday at Marshall University to discuss how to take the next step in public education in the state.

Can West Virginia’s public education system be fixed? That was the question that was asked Monday on Marshall’s campus. Charleston attorney Charles McElwee called together administrators and policy makers to discuss how change can be made in the public education realm. McElwee said the current system which follows old outdated standards isn’t working.

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The West Side in Charleston is one of the largest urban neighborhoods in the state. Within sight of the Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary School are vacant lots and abandoned buildings. This neighborhood is besieged with many problems like childhood poverty and high crime rates. It’s also a neighborhood that suffers from negative stereotyping—a place where good people and good projects are often overlooked.

Randolph County Searching for Solution to Crumbling School

Jul 28, 2014
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Randolph County Board of Education

The Randolph County Board of Education has called a special meeting for Tuesday evening to address structural problems with the Harman School. The facility suffered a roof collapse over the July 4th weekend. 

A plaster ceiling caved into a classroom, bringing with it two tons of debris.  A post-collapse inspection of the school, built in the 1950s, determined it is not safe for use.

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It’s been a busy year for Berkeley County’s Erin Sponaugle, West Virginia’s 2014 Teacher of the Year. Aside from teaching fifth grade at Tomahawk Intermediate School near Hedgesville, West Virginia, Sponaugle has traveled across the state and country representing her profession.

“It’s been life changing and life defining," Sponaugle said.

West Virginia Morning
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Beckley could become the third largest city in the state if plans to annex some communities go through. State roads are in poor condition and contractors who work on these roads worry about the federal funding shortfall.  And Adrian Wright began his barbeque business in Charleston on a street corner.  Now he owns his own restaurant.

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Local elementary and middle school teachers in and around the Martinsburg area attended a NASA Teachers Workshop, Wednesday, hosted by STARBASE Martinsburg. Going on its twelfth school year, STARBASE has hosted these workshops each summer to better prepare educators in the ever-evolving field of science and math. But the question is, with all the demands teachers face during the school year, can they effectively take the time for these new resources in their own classrooms?

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Ashton Marra reports on the preliminary findings from federal investigators about the January chemical spill that contaminated drinking water in nine counties.  In Pennsylvania, residents in one town believe gas drilling is contaminating their drinking water.  Clark Davis reports from Matewan as residents work to turn their town around and you'll want to try yoga after young Ian Gardner in Hinton tells you all about it.

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A West Virginia corporate attorney, a McDowell County teacher and a high school student traveled across the country to share the good they see coming from the Reconnecting McDowell project.

The three traveled to Los Angeles to speak at the American Federation of Teachers convention about the program they say has changed lives and given the community a new sense of optimism.

Gov. Tomblin appointed 22-year School Building Authority veteran David Sneed to head the agency this week.

Sneed served as the SBA’s chief of architectural services from 1990 until 2012 when he left for a position in the private sector, but Tuesday he returned to the state organization.

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  A grant is equipping West Virginia geography and science teachers with tools to help better educate young people about watersheds. For one teacher, the chemical spill that left more than 300-thousand without usable water was a wakeup call of just how important this program really is.

West Virginia Morning
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Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power are asking the state Public Service Commission to approve a 17 percent rate hike for their West Virginia customers. Gov. Tomblin appoints a new head to the state School Building authority. A Marshall University player uses his failure to be drafted in the National Football League as motivation to make it in the pros in Canada and a southern West Virginia educators is teaching her students about the important connection between clean watersheds and clean drinking water.

There will be some new faces at the next quarterly meeting of the West Virginia School Building Authority. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has appointed a new executive director and five new members to the SBA.

Tomblin announced Monday that David Sneed will serve as executive director. According to a news release from the Governor’s office, Sneed was the Chief of Architectural Services for the School Building Authority from 1990 until 2012. He has also served as director of school planning in Kanawha County and worked with a private company in educational project planning.

One Virginia man spreads the gospel of green.

There are fireflies in Pennsylvania that blink together.

More women are taking on the role of farmer.

A Tennessee writer has fond memories of hunting frogs.

New River Community and Technical College and the state Board of Education are partnering to offer students a pathway to careers in automotive technology.


Over the past few years, Richwood High School has turned itself around from one of the poorest performing schools to being named one of US News and World Reports 2014 Bronze Schools. Students, under the direction of teacher Susan Johnson, are part of the PBS Newshour’s Student Reporting Labs and are helping tell the story. They produced a video which was shown at the school's public ceremony recognizing the schools turnaround, which was attended by State Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Phares. He was so impressed, he invited the producers and school officials to last week's meeting in Charleston where the school was honored with a resolution and the video was show to the entire board. The board intends to add it to their own website and use it in further training. West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Charleston Television Production Supervisor Chuck Frostick serves as a mentor for the students on the project.

12 Young Authors Selected as Local Winners of the PBS Kids Writers Contest

Twelve young authors from West Virginia have been selected as local winners of the PBS KIDS Writers Contest, which encourages children grades K-3 to celebrate the power of writing by creating and submitting original storybooks. 

This year’s winners were chosen from 101 representing 16 schools.

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School may be out or winding down in West Virginia, but state Treasurer John Perdue wants parents to think about investing in their children's future education.

Concord University senior runner Shawnee Carnett claimed her sixth All American honor this past weekend. Although Carnett’s last steps in outdoor 800 meter came up a bit short of another national championship, her college track and field career makes her the most decorated athlete ever to hit the halls at Concord University, and Carnett defeated almost all of her competitors on someone else’s turf.


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Community and technical colleges have started noticing a trend that’s consistent not just here in West Virginia, but across the country.

That trend: students who are enrolled in developmental courses when they enter a higher education institution are less likely to graduate.

“Thirteen percent of the students that go into developmental or remedial courses graduate, only 13 percent,” Chancellor of West Virginia’s CTC system James Skidmore told members of the state Board of Education during their May meeting.

Two West Virginians by choice work to preserve Appalachian culture and foster dialogue.

An historic Virginia theater gets ready for a new season.

While an old West Virginia theater might get a new lease on life.

And we hear from an old farmer in Monroe County, West Virginia.

Concord University students are reaching out into the community to inspire young entrepreneurs. Earlier this week students from Melrose Elementary in Mercer County set up a lemonade stand on Concord’s campus.

The children sold fresh lemonade to University faculty, staff and students after months of marketing and preparing. The event is part of a nationwide effort sponsored by Google Entrepreneurs that started in 2007 to inspire youngsters by assisting with stands across the country.

Peg + Cat Releases First Album

May 1, 2014
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Available on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play, the album features songs from the math and problem-solving preschool series.

Watch Peg + Cat on WV PBS weekdays at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and weekends at 8 a.m.

Teams of 8th grade students from around West Virginia faced off Tuesday in an academic bowl competition that focused on West Virginia history, literature, arts, architecture, geography and culture.

The questions for the history bowl are largely drawn from questions found in the Archives and History Quick Quizzes and Daily Trivia.

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