Fairmont State works to make West Virginia a destination of choice

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Fairmont State University’s President Dr. Mirta Martin embarked on a statewide tour to speak on how community and business partnerships can help continue making West Virginia a destination of choice.

Fairmont State continues to share a vision with West Virginians, not only in the north central region but across the state, to use growth and innovation to strengthen the state. This in turn works to keep one of the most valuable resources, young people, living and working in West Virginia. 

“New ideas— or innovations— are the hallmark of the knowledge-based economy. As we move forward, knowledge and its access via higher education is our most important resource,” Dr. Martin said. “That’s why Fairmont State is focusing on partnering with businesses and industry across the state to make West Virginia a destination of choice for entrepreneurs, for businesses, and for the talented, highly-skilled workforce industries require.” 

To continue feeding a sustainable, innovative economy, Fairmont State is committed to building a talent pipeline. The University works to reach beyond the traditional college-bound population while offering practical avenues for veterans and adults as well as first-generation and under-represented student populations to earn a degree and funnel down the pipeline to a successful career in West Virginia. 

“By working together with West Virginia communities to build strong bridges, we strengthen the Fairmont State pipeline,” she said. “Student jobs, co-op programs, and internships all allow these partnerships to become strong which in turn benefits our students and our communities.”

The hope is that West Virginia businesses and communities will intentionally seek out Fairmont State students and graduates to connect them with exciting jobs so they will stay. Fairmont State continues to actively pursue partnerships with West Virginia businesses to design appropriate internships and work-study models that work for everyone. 

The tour included stops in Weirton, Wheeling, Moundsville, Bridgeport, Elkins, Fairmont and Martinsburg. Additional tour stops in Charleston will be announced shortly.