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State Meeting



Workforce training was at the forefront at this year’s CAWV State Meeting held Wednesday, March 23, at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center. Nearly 200 CAWV members and state and federal contracting officials attended this year’s meeting which was held in conjunction with the WV EXPO.


Clinton Burch with the West Virginia Department of Education spoke to members on the construction programs being offered at technical schools, and how he looks forward to working with the CAWV Workforce Development Task Force in the coming year to develop more training programs throughout West Virginia.


CAWV President Nate Orders, in his introduction of the Senior Officer of Technical an Adult Education, told members that the CAWV Workforce Development Task Force has continued their efforts to offer construction training curriculum and encourage it through the new BuildWV program.


Burch serves as a member of the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education System where he lends his 18 years of career technical experience to support and strengthen the relationship between secondary and higher education programs. He also managed the implementation of the state’s nationally renowned Simulated Workplace program. Prior to joining the West Virginia Department of Education, he was the assistant superintendent of schools in Wayne County.


Cindy Bailey, chief of operations for Jobs & Hope WV and director of economic development for the West Virginia National Guard, also spoke to members on the Jobs and Hope program which is teaching courses on heavy equipment operations. Ms. Bailey thanked the CAWV for partnering with the guard and for hiring graduates of the course.


Governor Justice hosted a ceremony later that evening on the EXPO Demo Stage in the Coliseum to celebrate the newest class of Jobs and Hope graduates consisting of nine participants that recently completed the heavy equipment operations course. The Governor’s Office later said in a press release that “the Contractors Association of West Virginia, a staple of the Expo, has also been instrumental to the Jobs and Hope program, conducting on-site interviews for graduates of this class, as well as prior classes of graduates.” Any member needing trained heavy equipment operators are encouraged to contact the CAWV to get in touch with the recent graduates. To see the governor’s full press release, click here.


A complete wrap up of this year’s State Meeting and BuildWV program is featured in the March/April issue of West Virginia Construction News magazine.



 The next CAWV State Meeting will be held March 22, 2023 at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center in conjunction with the West Virginia Construction & Design EXPO.