CHARLESTON, W.Va. – More than 400 Career Technical Education (CTE) students from across the state received the third annual Governor’s Workforce Credential (GWC), the highest honor within West Virginia’s CTE programs. Four-hundred and four students earned this prestigious honor, which signifies a student’s knowledge of business processes within a Simulated Workplace environment. West Virginia’s Governor endorses the top CTE completers in the state for their achievements in academics, technical training and work readiness.

“This honor signifies that these students have excelled in the applicable, real-world and work-readiness skills of their CTE programs, and I commend these students for their achievement,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steve Paine. “West Virginia’s Governor’s Workforce Credential symbolizes to employers that these individuals are not only skilled and ready to enter the workforce, but that they will emerge as leaders in their field. The West Virginia Department of Education is pleased to work with the Governor’s office to celebrate these high-achieving students.”

The GWC was created to ensure that West Virginia’s developing workforce has industry-ready skills to meet high-quality business and industry expectations. Earning a GWC will allow employers to quickly identify potential employees for a variety of skilled job openings.

Graduating seniors who have completed a state-approved CTE program of study must successfully meet criteria in the following categories to obtain the Governor’s Workforce Credential:

I.             Academics

II.            Attendance

III.          Certifications

IV.          Drug Screenings

V.           Technical Skills

A complete list of qualifying criteria for the credential can be found by visiting

To view all students who earned the credential during the 2018-19 school year, visit