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West Virginia ranks near the lowest in the U.S. on many measures of diversity, including cultural, socioeconomic, linguistic, racial, ethnic, educational and income. Because of this, WVU Extension has been a strategic partner to organizations to provide education and promote diversity and inclusion.

Learn more about cultural competency training provided to public sector workers and the United Way of Huntington.

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OSHA confined space entry course to be offered by WVU Extension

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Nearly all workplaces contain areas that are considered confined spaces. Entering these confined areas to perform duties puts workers at high risk, because these spaces are not necessarily designed for people. To educate workers about confined space limitations and dangers, West Virginia University Extension Safety and Health Extension’s National Resource Center Occupational Safety and Health Training Institute Education Center will offer OSHA 2264: Permit-required Confined Space Entry in-person training May 17-19 in Morgantown, West Virginia.

According to OSHA, the term "permit-required confined space" (also known as “permit space”) is used to describe a confined space that has one or more of the following characteristics: contains or has the potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere; contains material that has the potential to engulf an entrant; has walls that converge inward or floors that slope downward and taper into a smaller area which could trap or asphyxiate an entrant; or contains any other recognized safety or health hazard, such as unguarded machinery, exposed live wires or heat stress.


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WVU Extension experts help build cultural awareness and strengthen communities

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West Virginia ranks near the lowest in the United States on many measures of diversity, including cultural, socioeconomic, linguistic, racial, ethnic, educational and income.


WVU Extension’s Energy Express program now enrolling youth participants

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WVU Extension launches 2022 My Hometown is Cool competition to West Virginia youths

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Many West Virginia communities have been designated best “cool towns” from various organizations and magazines throughout the country. Youths are taking the lead in helping expand the cool factor of West Virginia towns by creating opportunity and showcasing their entrepreneurial spirit through West Virginia University Extension’s My Hometown is Cool Statewide Pitch Competition.


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    Join the Extension Office for a “Mom & Me Flower Box Build” Each participant will leave with a beautiful flower box filled with beautiful flowers for Mom. ($25 per...

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    Monthly 4-H Leaders Association meeting held at the Wirt County Extension Office.

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    Every 4-H’er has a story, and those stories are worth telling! Sharing your 4-H story could earn you a $500 mini-grant, and a scholarship to West Virginia’s Older Members...

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    Energy Express, a summer reading and nutrition program for children living in West Virginia’s rural and low-income communities runs June 9-July 29, 2022. Find more...

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