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West Virginia Partners with Chemours to Help Employees Earn Associate’s Degrees | West Virginia

(The Center Square) – West Virginia is partnering with Chemours, a chemical company, to help provide more than 300 state employees with an associate’s degree by fall 2025.

Workers will be able to graduate as production technicians, area maintenance technicians, electrical and instrumentation maintenance technicians, and laboratory technicians through the program. Workers will continue to work full-time and will receive pay increases upon successful completion of the program.

Funding will come from West Virginia University at Parkersburg, Chemours, Workforce West Virginia, the West Virginia Community and Technical College System, and the West Virginia Invests Grant Program.

“By bringing all of these great entities together, we are creating an exciting new path for hundreds of West Virginia workers to not only advance their education, but to advance their careers as well,” the governor said. Jim Justice said in a statement.

“Every day, our goal is to get businesses excited about locating in West Virginia and to get people excited about working in West Virginia,” Justice added. “This program achieves both of these goals. The caliber of people who apply to work at Chemours will soar and the extra education will improve everything about their functioning, which is well worth it. I thank everyone with WorkForce, our community and technical college system, WVU Parkersburg and Chemours for coming together to make this happen. It’s the kind of forward-thinking initiative that will allow West Virginia businesses to thrive for generations to come, and I wouldn’t be surprised if other businesses start replicating this exciting concept. »

To date, Chemours and WVUP have secured approximately $2.5 million for the project, and Chemours is investing $1 million to fund salaries. Workforce West Virginia will provide WVU with approximately $1.2 million to help fund faculty and equipment purchases. West Virginia Invests will provide approximately $1 million in tuition, and the CTCS has approved a grant of $376,956 to help cover equipment and installation costs.