CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Opportunity does not require a move across the state line. That’s the message of the new “My State, My Life” career path campaign.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said the campaign’s message is that West Virginia’s current middle school and high school students need to get ready for the jobs that will be available in the Mountain State in the coming years.

“The whole idea is to get them thinking, right now, about what they would like to do in the next two, three or five years down the road and make that decision and, hopefully, keep them in school, cut down on the truancy,” he said.

“A whole variety of negative things can happen to a student who really doesn’t have a plan in mind.”

Members of the Governor’s Workforce Planning Council created what will be a statewide advertising push to promote education and job training beyond high school.

Tomblin said he believes today’s students can build their dream careers in West Virginia but, to do that, they need to take charge of their own lives and education now.

“We’ve got to have people with specific skills,” Tomblin said on Thursday’s MetroNews “Talkline” of West Virginia’s economic future — a future that, he said, includes advances within the natural gas industry in northern West Virginia and the possibility of the development of a petrochemical complex, with a cracker, in Wood County.

“It’s not only going to be oil and gas industry jobs, but it’s also going to be in education, it’s going to be in health care, the service industry.  I think that there’s a possibility out there, for whatever a student wants to get into, that they can do it,” Gov. Tomblin said.

Tomblin has been promoting the “My State, My Life” campaign with school stops in both Wayne County and Harrison County this week.

He said he tells students, “You’ve got an opportunity in this state unlike, probably, better than any other time. We’ve had, over the years, so many people and families who’ve had to leave this state to find work.”

Print materials promoting “My State, My Life” will be distributed to students, parents and teachers throughout West Virginia, while ads will appear on television and radio, in movie theaters and on social media through both Twitter and Facebook.

Editor’s Note: The “My State, My Life” video was produced by Pikewood Creative, a division of West Virginia Radio Corporation which owns MetroNews.

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  • Mason County Contrarian

    Earl has had an epiphany!

  • Mason County Contrarian

    He's back, readers.

  • cutty77

    I've worked 65 hrs a week since 1985 Clown. I'm worried about my son who has been working since he was 17 and he is now 28,and has a Daughter that 2 an half years old. I have watched this State slide down tubes in that time.West Virginia hasn't a Great Governor since Gaston Caperton.

  • just sayin

    and most cannot correctly count change

  • GregG

    Jobs of the feature? And what might that be, a Walmart greeter?

  • Stupid Liberals

    Do you want fries with that burger? Which end of the broom do you hold to make it work? Can I interest you in some meth or heroin? Or for the true professionals, where do you want me to kiss your rear today cousin Earl Ray?

    As long as the liberals, leftists, socialist, democrats remain in charge, there will be no jobs! The folks will continue to be slaves of the left.

  • John

    What jobs? Welfare and unemployment? Thats the two largest.

  • a concerned educator

    If the governor wants to prepare students for jobs in WV, he needs to change the curriculum in the public schools. Every student is not going to college in this state, but the curriculum forces students to take classes they really don't need.

    Mental math skills are practically non-existent in many students because teachers are now told that they should not require students to learn multiplication tables. In addition, there are schools where teachers are forbidden from giving spelling tests.

    More emphasis needs to be given to career and technical education programs at the high school level. If students could enter these programs earlier, as well as take more classes that relate to these programs, we would see an increase in the graduation rate, a decrease in the dropout rate, and less truancy.

    Students need to see relevance to what they are learning. Unfortunately, they don't because much of the information is not relevant to real life.

  • NotSoFastMyFriend

    I find the headline comical:
    "Governor says today’s students need to get ready for West Virginia’s jobs of the future."

    I say this because I would prefer that current leadership have a more concerted effort on the present. Is he telling today's youth to get ready because there is no hope for those in the present? The comment of "all hat and no cattle" hits the proverbial nail on the head.

  • Roger

    reading, not ready. Classic case of brain going faster than typing.

  • Roger

    From ready the comments already I can see why this state is in the state that its in. Always complaining, always blaming government and someone else, always have an excuse for everything. If this state is going to change to the better it will have nothing to do with the Government, the population of WV will have to change it. Quit waiting for the government to do it for you and go do it YOURSELF. There are great jobs out there right now, the only problem is that it takes effort on YOUR part to go find them and be skilled for them. If you think this state has only coal jobs or fast food jobs then that alone tells me how much lack of effort you are showing. They are out there in the state, YOU just have to put in the work and effort to go get it. Quit complaining, quit crying, quit blaming others. Get out and go get it, the only person stopping you is YOU.

  • Roger

    Quit waiting for the Government to "show" you and go out find out and earn/see it yourself.

  • cutty77

    Earl Ray please show me The Future,don't tell me about it. Ben Franklin said Well Done is better than Well said.

  • the flying dutchman

    the gov is perfecting the role of "all hat and no cattle"....hope isnt a graduates want specifics on a career path....not some bloviating politican speaking in generalities. "whatever a student wants to get into, they can do it"!!!!! this is seriously profound stuff.....this from the mouth of our leadership....heaven help us and our children.

  • Mburg

    Come on guys get your shovel ready and lets go and dig coal.

  • Ron from Morgantown

    All I ask is for fresh fries lightly salted . Is that too much to ask ?

  • Ron from Morgantown

    I like the video although I thought the announcer was a little too perfect . A more Southern voice would have made a better choice .

  • reality check

    the jobs of the future in WV? Not too much training required to work at McDonalds.

  • Big Game

    Please tell these students not to go into Education as todays teachers have becoming the scapegoat for everything that is wrong with our society. I am sure at some point they will want educators to be tarred and feathered on yearly basis.