Recap: First West Virginia GEAR UP Career Academy

Rachel HicksProgram updates

More than 80 career representatives showcased career opportunities available in West Virginia during the inaugural West Virginia GEAR UP Career Academy. The event gave more than 1,000 ninth graders the opportunity to learn about different careers, from construction and aviation management to wildlife biology and corrections.

Two nationally recognized speakers known for their contributions to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields served as keynote speakers: Dr. Diane France, a forensic anthropologist known for her work on the TV show “Body of Evidence,” and Dr. Steve Schlozman, a scientist at Harvard Medical School who discussed the real-life science behind zombie apocalypse scenarios.

Senator Joe Manchin attended the event and also discussed with students the importance of postsecondary education, and Senator Shelley Moore Capito offered remarks via video.

To view social media highlights of the event, see below. Additional photos taken during the event can be found on the West Virginia GEAR UP Facebook page.

The event was sponsored, in part, by Texas Instruments.