Three well-known West Virginia women highlighting the importance of education

HURRICANE, W.Va.– On Monday, three well-known West Virginia women spoke about the education issues facing the state. The three were in agreement that STEM courses need to be promoted to elementary schools, middle schools and, especially, girls.

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Huntington Fire Department Chief Jan Rader

The Education Alliance held its 9th “EDTalks” speaker series. This was the first series to contain all women speakers and all three spoke on issues regarding education.

Senator Shelley Moore Capito, President of Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia Leah Curry and Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader spoke at the event. The three women are working to help fix education problems the state is facing.

Dr. Amelia Courts, president and CEO of The Education Alliance, helps to promote innovative discussions about linking education, jobs and the future of West Virginia.

“Obviously, we know that education is really the foundation for our state’s success,” she said. “Education is what develops our young people and provides them with high quality knowledge and skills and all of the things that they need for success.”

The “EDTalk” focused a lot on the opioid crisis ravaging the state and the issues for education that it is causing. Many school-aged children live with parents who are addicts and that can greatly affect their schooling.

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