Private-Sector Input On Education Needed
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has “re-established” a state board, the West Virginia Workforce Planning Council, in effect reviving an initiative from 2007 that went nowhere. Tomblin hopes the newly constituted council will align what is taught in public schools with what employers need.
But all seven members of the council are officials of public and higher education, along with other government agencies. Not a single representative of the private sector is included.
Not having anyone from business or industry on the council will make it even more critical that the panel consult closely and constantly with private sector representatives. Otherwise, this new effort to give employers students with job-ready skills will be just another waste of time and money.