The West Virginia Department of Education and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources signed an agreement Wednesday (Nov. 8) which will enable students in career and technical education programs to help update state parks.

The Register-Herald reported that more than 24,000 students in 1,200 simulated workplaces will use their skills to revitalize 35 state parks, seven state forests, five wildlife management areas, the Greenbrier River Trail and the North Bend River Trail.

Students working in simulated workplaces throughout the state will get to work on projects immediately in this multi-year partnership.

Both agencies announced the partnership and signed the compact in a news conference at the Capitol.

“We are establishing a national model for a couple of things,” said Assistant State Schools Superintendent Kathy D’Antoni. “One is the development of stackable skill sets for people going to school. These skill sets will make them job ready and more successful. This is an opportunity for young people to give back to our state. These are our emerging workforce and they are the future for West Virginia.”

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