The Office of Governor’s Economic Initiatives works to support partnerships and projects between our Simulated Workplace companies, businesses, state and local government agencies, and other community organizations. These collaborative community partnerships create opportunities for our students to gain authentic work experiences, enhance their leadership and technical skills, and make a long term economic impact in communities across our state.
West Virginia Department of Education’s Division of Technical Education and Governor’s Economic Initiatives is challenging Simulated Workplace companies to compete in an innovative tiny structure competition that will directly impact communities’ economy. The Economic Projects Impacting Communities (EPIC) Competition magnifies the Simulated Workplace Company’s collaborative and creative abilities into a showcase of technical skills through designing and constructing an eye-catching, energy efficient, high-performance tiny structure for commercial or residential use.
The EPIC Competition will be completed over the next two school years and will require partnering with local businesses and other community organizations. The overarching concept should be to enhance students’ technical skills and creativity while making an impact within their local community. Think big, think efficient and think economic impact. Good luck and may the most creative, economically impactful structure win!
Simulated Workplace students can complete the EPIC Competition application to enter the competition. Applications are due by NOON on Friday, October 19, 2018.
Salesforce Coding Pilot
A West Virginia collaborative computer coding initiative, that allows adult students to participate in a paid apprenticeship training program while earning advanced certifications within the information technology career cluster. The pilot program was established in fall 2017, and housed in 4 counties (Wyoming, Fayette, Wayne, & Cabell).
For additional information, please contact the West Virginia Department of Education at 304.558.2389.
Simulated Workplace Computer Repair companies are being asked to use their knowledge to assist the Second Launch program in repairing used computers. The project is so amazing, because it takes old government computers and makes them new again, and the best part is that the counties get to keep the repaired computers! For more information, please watch the video below.
Simulated Workplace companies are being asked to help our State Parks. Our Parks are in need of a facelift, and our Simulated Workplace companies have the skills and creativity to lend a hand. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has received a grant to purchase materials, but are in need of skilled craftsmen to produce high-quality products.
Simulated Workplace company student leaders will work directly with local Park Superintendents to layout project plans and develop job contracts for both onsite work and work that can be completed within your Simulated Workplace company’s lab areas.
Simulated Workplace companies wanting to participate in the State Parks initiative can connect with local park superintendents directly to arrange meetings and layout project plans.
Signage Order Form
Does the signage in your school need updated? Have Simulated Workplace students design and manufacture customized signs for your school! Fill out and submit the Simulated Workplace Signage Order Form to get customized signage in your school.
Return on Investment (ROI) Form
Use the Return on Investment (ROI) form to document CTE projects happening around the state and capture how CTE funds are being leveraged to spur economic growth in West Virginia.