SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said Tuesday he believes workforce training is picking up the needed momentum it needs in the Mountain State.

Tomblin made the comment just after he stood before a large crowd for a ribbon cutting ceremony at BridgeValley Community and Technical College’s Advance Technology Center at the West Virginia Regional Technology Park in South Charleston.

“It’s just amazing to see this new Advanced Technology Center, the kind of equipment they have in here, the kind of training that’s offered,” Tomblin said. “In today’s world those are the kinds of hands-on skills that our employees need for the jobs we have now.”

The center will provide training for the chemical and manufacturing industries.

Gov. Tomblin said it’s just what he’s been talking about for the past three-and-a-half years.

“There are so many jobs now that you can get with and associate’s degree or a certificate,” Tomblin said.

Toyota Manufacturing of West Virginia announced Tuesday it was pledging $1 million to the center over the next five years. It will make an in-kind donation of equipment. It’s total donation will top $1.2 million.

“That just shows that businesses are willing to step up. They are telling our community and technical college presidents, ‘These are the kind of training programs that we need to be successful businessmen and women in West Virginia,’ and I think we are rising to that occasion,” Tomblin said.

A trained workforce is a key component moving forward especially in the natural gas industry with the possibility of a cracker plant being built near Parkersburg.

“Most downstream industries is exactly where all of these jobs are going to be,” the governor predicted. “And once again it takes a specific kind of training to do today and tomorrow’s jobs.”

Tomblin spent the afternoon at the technology park, the former Dow Tech Center. He attended a meeting focused on STEM education and helped cut the ribbon for the new Bridge Road Bistro Express opening there.


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  • Dumb Liberals

    As the ole saying goes, "a picture is worth a thousand words". The first photo says it all. The man in the white shirt is explaining to a total idiot (cousin Earl Ray) with the dumbfounded expression.

    @ "The Truth” - he's only allowed to use kiddy safety scissors for fear of hurting himself. He can’t even pour water out of a boot with direction written on the heel. But he does have enough hot air to inflate an onion sack.

    • Hop'sHip

      So the Governor is the idiot? Maybe you could teach him how to use grammar and spell check.

  • Raging Moderate

    Job training opportunities? Here? Yawn. Hey, let's get back to bashing the Demorats for their War on Coal! It's so much more fun than that old boring job training stuff!

  • David

    I bet Toyota wishes they could pack up and leave.
    What a bill of goods Rockefeller sold them..... Highly skilled workforce...

  • David

    This is about 20 to 30 years late but he was busy securing his wife's dog subsidies then.

  • The Truth

    E. R. T is awesome at cutting Ribbons.

    Just think of the benefits ( lack of )
    he accomplished by cutting the recomendations of the Blue Ribbon Commision to fix our BROKE Highway Fund.

    We had a robust Highway Fund Four Years ago. There were Two Bid lettings per month.

    Now we are down to one bid Letting a Month with very few opportunities for contractors to bid on.
    But he is getting his wish; work is going for pennies on the dollar.

    I wish we could put a ribbon around the dog racing venues; maybe he would cut off his subsidies to his families dogs

    • The Whole Truth

      In 2011, Governor Tomblin traveled to Montgomery to sign SB486 for the revitalization of the WVU Tech campus. According to a WVU report, the campus is in need of $70.4 million for capital improvements. .

      Four years after the passage of SB486, the campus continues its wait for the "requested" financial support for the much-needed revitalization projects. Of the requested amount, no money has come from WVU; no money has come from the Legislature; and no money come from any other venue.

      In the meantime, the community in Fayette County and Upper Kanawha Valley watch money flow freely to Dow.

      • Dumb Liberals

        Location - Location - Location! Crap rolls down hill.

        • Thomas

          WVU Tech doesn't even get the crap that rolls down hill. That campus gets exactly what WVU wants it to get--


        • sammy

          Location! Location! Location! WVU has made the Location CRAP!