Workforce Education

Local education resources focused on a growing economy

Putnam County, West Virginia is at the heart of a well-populated and well-educated labor shed. Within 75 miles, you’ll find 573,000 workers who grew up in the industrial heartland, that still see hard work as a virtue, and aren’t hesitant to drive to the right position. They have the technical training and certifications today’s employers prize.

Workforce-Focused Education Resources

Our workforce pipeline is enhanced by an abundance of education resources at both the secondary and postsecondary levels. The Putnam Career and Technical Center provides workforce-focused training at both levels at its main campus and its Advanced Career Education facility, in fields such as diesel equipment technology and welding. The Center’s SkillsUSA chapter encourages students to prepare for trade, technical and skilled service occupations. The BridgeValley Advanced Manufacturing Technician Work Sponsorship Program in nearby South Charleston and began in partnership with Toyota, which allows students to earn an Associate Degree as they gain paid work experience at a local manufacturer. Nearby Mountwest Community and Technical College and the Robert C. Byrd Institute also offer workforce-focused programs. All local career and technical schools are willing to design courses to meet the needs of employers.

Three Local Universities

For degree programs, our area provides access to three outstanding universities. Marshall University’s main campus in Huntington and the Teays Valley Regional Center here in Putnam County offer a wide range of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. The Teays Valley Regional Center offers more than 60 undergraduate courses and evening classes for working students. The University of Charleston offers two-year, four-year, and graduate programs in arts and sciences, business, and healthcare; and West Virginia University in Morgantown provides undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.