WV Governor Plans College Completion Taskforce

Special to HuntingtonNews.Net

Charleston, W.Va. (HNN) - First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin will join West Virginia University President James Clements to co-chair the initial meeting of the West Virginia College Completion Task Force. The sixteen-member Task Force, brought together by Higher Education Policy Commission Chancellor Brian Noland and Community and Technical College System Chancellor James Skidmore, will focus on the challenge of increasing college completion in West Virginia.

“Across the country and here at home, we face the growing challenges of college affordability and graduating ready-to-work students,” First Lady Jaeger Tomblin said. “By bringing together members of the Higher Education Policy Commission, leaders at both our Community and Technical Colleges and our four-year University institutions, the education committee chairs of the West Virginia House of Delegates and State Senate, as well as representatives from K-12 faculty, business and industry and the students themselves, we can collectively formulate a comprehensive understanding of the challenges in order to find solutions.”

The College Completion Task Force will begin its initial meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at the Charleston Marriott Town Center, located at 200 Lee Street East in Charleston, West Virginia.

Members of the Task Force will be presented with an overview of the challenges facing the nation in relation to college completion rates and graduating students who are well prepared for careers in their fields of study. Upon which, the Task Force will outline goals for West Virginia and potential plans on how to reach those goals.

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