Education

Excellence in Education

Putnam County, WV Public Schools

Putnam County Schools, ranked among the top three in West Virginia and the highest in the Advantage Valley region, serves over 9,700 students in various schools and offers exceptional academic programs under Superintendent John Hudson. The district’s Putnam Career & Technical Education Center (PCTC) provides advanced training in pre-engineering, cybersecurity, and law.

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Comprehensive Higher Education & Workforce Development

Nearby institutions like BridgeValley, Mountwest, Marshall University, West Virginia State University, and the University of Charleston enhance the district. They support workforce development through programs like Learn & Earn, customized training, and the West Virginia Invest initiative.

Public School System

Putnam County Schools is one of the top-ranked school systems in the state of West Virginia, and the top ranked school system in the Advantage Valley region. According to Niche, Putnam County Schools is ranked among the top three school districts in the state of West Virginia, and it is the top school district for athletics. Putnam County Schools is the highest-paid district for teachers in the state of West Virginia. Putnam County Schools serves more than 9,700 students in grades Pre-K through twelve in 14 elementary schools, four middle schools, four high schools, and one career and technical center. Putnam County Schools is led by Superintendent John Hudson and a five-member elected Board of Education. Putnam County Schools boasts great academic programs, including robotics, aerospace, manufacturing education, agriculture, drone licensing, USA Biolympiad, and others.

Career & Technical Education

Putnam Career & Technical Education Center is an asset to Putnam County. Accredited by the Council on Occupational Education, PCTC is one of the highest-ranked career and technical centers in West Virginia. PCTC prides itself on providing not only traditional technical education but also more professional opportunities such as a pre-engineering program, a cybersecurity program, law and public safety, and a teacher training program. PCTC has also won several awards in VEX robotics, Explore: The New Manufacturing, Skills USA, and HOSA.

Universities

Putnam County is Within 45-Minutes of Three Universities:

Marshall University

West Virginia State University

University of Charleston.

Educational Resources

The West Virginia Community & Technical College System offers Learn & Earn, an opportunity for you to hire Associate degree students in their field of study and be reimbursed for half their wage. Learn & Earn can be utilized at any West Virginia Community and Technical College. We would be happy to connect you with a local Community and Technical College. Learn more here.

West Virginia’s Community and Technical College System partners with industry state-wide to deliver customized training solutions. More information can be found here.

West Virginia Invests is a program for all Community and Technical Colleges in West Virginia. For in-demand degrees, qualifying individuals can receive free associate’s degree. Learn more here.

The BridgeValley Community and Technical College Ascend Grant covers several additional fees that WV Invest does not cover. BridgeValley received a federal grant to cover fees, books, and other expenses a student might incur.