Summit held for improving educational outcomes statewide

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WDTV)-- Educators from all levels of the education system are learning ways to encourage growth in their students to pursue higher education levels.

The Student Success Summit is a way for educators to stay up-to-date on new information in the education system and make sure their students and schools are staying on the path to success.

"There's a lot of new information that comes out every year in education and this is a great place to learn about that. Learn about what's going on, what are the trends, where are we heading, what does the future look like," said Teresa Murphy a school counselor at Wahama High School.

This year's theme is Navigating Success: students today, leaders tomorrow, to really enhance the goal of helping students maintain their education from Pre-K up to the college level.

Today, it was announced that the education goal is for 60% of West Virginian's to have a certificate or degree by the year 2030.

"We know that in the state of West Virginia in order to be successful and to attain the jobs of the future and the jobs of tomorrow, our students need some sort of training after high school," said Sarah Tucker the Chancellor of the Community Technical College System of WV.

Many officials say that something like the Student Success Summit shows people in the state that education is not something that will ever be put on the back burner.

"When you hold a summit, such as this, it is great for the families and it's great for the state, but it's also great for the state to see where their resources are being utilized. There are folks in the state government that are really working very hard to make it is a seamless system for our students and families," said Clayton Burch the Associate State Superintendent of Schools.

The summit has about 450 people in attendance with more than 50 sessions scheduled for the two days.

Educators in elementary and secondary education, post-secondary education, college success, career and technical education and military service and training are collaborating for the ultimate student success.

"We get together and talk about some of the best practices that are happening in West Virginia both at the K-12 level and at the higher ed level. We talk about how we can better work together to make sure that our students are successful," said Tucker