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WORKFORCE WV

We can help you find the right workers for your company or business, saving you time and money. With the largest online database of job seekers in the state, WorkForce West Virginia can match you with qualified applicants, increasing worker retention and productivity. WorkForce West Virginia is a one-stop center for work force resources, including training, tax incentives and labor market information.

Programs such as the 
Work Opportunity Tax Credit can save you money, and WorkForce West Virginia can help you find the state and federal tax credits for which your company qualifies, including the Military Incentive Program for hiring qualified veterans.

EDUCATION

Education is key to providing a strong work force, and the Eastern Panhandle has several institutes of higher learning to help develop employees.

Shepherd University is a state supported four year institution with approximately 5,000 students. The University offers associate and bachelor degrees in over 75 fields, and has implemented a masters program. Blue Ridge Community and Technical College offers associate degree programs, certificate programs and certification in a number of areas such as technology, organizational development, employee development, communications, performance improvement and leadership. The college can also create customized training sessions based on the needs of area businesses.  James Rumsey Technical Institute is a vocational and technical school that offers courses for Eastern Panhandle high school students and post-secondary students.  Also serving the area is the American Public University System  which has become a leader in distance education and University of Charleston with a location designed to service working adults.

LABOR FORCE

Good decisions are based on good information. WorkForce West Virginia can help get the facts you need to plan your business future, including information on prevailing wages, employment and income statistics, employee availability, employment trends, economic indicators, unemployment insurance, labor markets, and changes in federal and state law affecting business. Check out WorkForce West Virginia’s Labor Market Information site.