Gee addresses Jefferson County juniors and seniors

Gee addresses Jefferson County Juniors and Seniors
Posted on 11/07/2018
 CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. – Education beyond high school is more important than ever. That was part of what West Virginia University President Gordon Gee had to share with juniors and seniors on Monday when he visited Jefferson and Washington High Schools.
Gee said while he’d love to see as many students head to WVU as possible, it’s really just about meeting the needs of the workforce.

“It’s about moving on beyond high school and having opportunities to really find jobs that are based in the new economy on being well trained beyond high school.”
Gee said it’s his goal at WVU to make sure students have the opportunity to get the training they need to stay in West Virginia and make a life here. He said there’s no shortage of jobs.Godron Gee at WHS
“We have 20,000 jobs in this state for which we do not have skilled workers, and that shows that education beyond high school is tremendously important.”
Gee said he got tremendous welcomes at both schools where he spoke with juniors and seniors, answering their questions and offering an inside look at his leadership style. 
Gee was accompanied by Meshea Poore, WVU’s Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, a representative from Potomac State College, and the Mountaineer himself.
Presenters told students they owed a debt to the state and the best way to repay it was to come back to live and work. Gee said making the trip and engaging with students is a wonderful opportunity for him and the university.
“It’s always great to be here. It’s a wonderful part of the world. We get great students out of Jefferson High School.”

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