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New interagency partnership allows W.Va. students to help revitalize state parks

From the WV Department of Education:

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Officials from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and West Virginia Department of Education today announced an interagency partnership that will enable students in Career and Technical Education programs to gain authentic work experiences while helping to revitalize West Virginia’s State Parks.

Signing the interagency partnership between West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and West Virginia Department of Education today at the state Capitol are, from left, Stephen McDaniel, director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources; Steven Paine, State Superintendent of Schools; and Kathy D’Antoni, assistant State Superintendent of Schools for the Division of Technical and Adult Education. WVPA Photo.

The interagency partnership was signed today at the state Capitol by Stephen McDaniel, director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources; Steven Paine, State Superintendent of Schools; and Kathy D’Antoni, assistant State Superintendent of Schools for the Division of Technical and Adult Education.

Student-led companies, as part of the Simulated Workplace program, will utilize their technical skills at 35 state parks, seven state forests, the Greenbrier River Trail and the North Bend Rail Trail. More than 24,000 students within 1,200 Simulated Workplaces will complete a wide-range of needed updates such as construction projects, repair of HVAC systems and restoration of bath houses.

“Today’s announcement marks the beginning of a multi-year partnership, which will not only provide students with real-world experience, but also result in a long-term impact on some of West Virginia’s most prized resources – our state parks,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steven Paine. “This partnership will provide opportunities for students to both enhance their leadership skills and gain practical experience they can rely on when pursuing future careers.”

Kathy D’Antoni, assistant State Superintendent of Schools for the Division of Technical and Adult Education, explains the interagency partnership between West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and West Virginia Department of Education today at the state Capitol. WVPA Photo.

Students will apply technical skills to enhance state parks throughout the Mountain State, many of which have not been updated for more than 30 years.

“The West Virginia state parks system’s staff is excited to be working with the instructors and students from our vocational and technical schools,” said West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Director Stephen McDaniel. “This partnership will help us meet growing maintenance needs at our state parks and forests and will greatly benefit the students, our parks and the citizens of West Virginia.”

For more information on the partnership, visit:

http://wvde.state.wv.us/player.php?m=m4&vid=simulated-workplace/stateparks

A copy of the partnership Compact can be found by visiting: http://static.k12.wv.us/tt/2017/stateparks_compact_poster.pdf

Stephen McDaniel, director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, recognizes the many WVDNR employees attending today’s signing of the interagency partnership between West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and West Virginia Department of Education.

Media Contact: Samantha Smith, (304) 957-9364 [email protected] (WVDNR)

Kristin Anderson, (304) 558-2699 [email protected] (WVDE)

 

 

 

 

 

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