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WVU team seeks to instill new skills in today’s workforce

Created on:   Sat, Jan 13, 2018   11:07 AM

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University is expanding its efforts to propel West Virginia’s workforce into today’s digital economy.

WVU recently was awarded a Digital Economy Initiative grant through Cisco’s donor-advised fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

“As technology transforms the way we live and work, Cisco believes educational institutions can be a powerful force for change and local economic development. Public universities such as WVU not only have the capacity to meet industry demand for a digitally skilled workforce in the West Virginia area but also play a leading role in shaping entirely new ideas and industries to fuel the local economy and create the jobs of the future,” explained Tae Yoo, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs/Corporate Social Responsibility at Cisco.

Through this grant funding, WVU will focus on developing a skilled workforce in West Virginia prepared for emerging opportunities in health information technology and data analytics. School of Public Health and College of Business and Economics faculty will work together to identify skills gaps, project trends in the region’s health data industry and develop curricular offerings that will prepare West Virginia citizens and, ultimately, help create job demand.