Employer Partnerships

Productive Workforce. Profitable Company.

A well-trained and skilled workforce can help your company maintain its competitive edge and increase profitability.  But first, you need a great training partner.

Through its Employer Partnership Programs, West Virginia’s community and technical colleges can provide the training you need while leveraging your company’s training dollars to maximize worker productivity. In 2011, West Virginia’s ten community and technical colleges delivered training to more than 600 employers across the State.  Whether it’s customized training, skill enhancements, certificate or associate degree programs, West Virginia’s community and technical colleges are prepared to deliver.


Employer Partnership Programs

Learn and Earn
Eligible CTC’s partner with employers to provide cooperative education opportunities for students that:

  • Are in high-demand occupations
  • Pay students at least $10/hour
  • Provide the student with a supervised work experience in the same career field/program of study they are enrolled in at the CTC
  • The work experience has clear and measurable learning goals for the student
  • The experience must count toward requirements of an academic program and count for college credit in that program as determined by faculty
  • Experience must be assessed
  • Companies match 50% of the wages for the student in the work experience program


WV Advance Grant
A rapid-response grant for CTCs to help employers meet an immediate training need

  • Focused on workforce delivery programs
  • Develop occupational/technical competencies and workforce skills for WV workers and companies to be competitive
  • Skill based training resulting in a credential
  • Services for WV companies but out-of-state companies are allowed to partner too with approval of the Council
  • Serves existing companies to expand and create new jobs, help support current employees to gain new skills, upgrade skills, to support WV Development office training priorities and target sectors, to get new companies to locate in WV, for pre-employment training in high-demand sectors


Technical Program Development
Funding for colleges to develop Certificate of Applied Science or Associate degree programs to meet documented needs of employers or compliment economic development needs in the state or region

  • Programs must target high-demand occupations resulting in participant placement with wages of $12/hour or more
  • Train workers for competencies and skills in high-skill, high-wage occupations
  • Program is intended to increase capacity at the CTC to provide for-credit training