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Registration deadline approaches for WVU Extension Service Junior Firefighter Camp

Instructor talks with group of junior firefighters

A shortage of volunteer firefighters is not only an issue for communities around West Virginia, but across the nation. Approximately 90 percent of the state’s residents rely on volunteer fire departments, and as the number of volunteer firefighters shrinks, concerns for our communities’ safety are on the rise. That’s where the West Virginia University Extension Service Junior Firefighter Camp comes in.

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WVU Extension partners with drug courts to offer a fresh start to residents fighting addiction

Kandi Messinger teaches class participants about cooking and nutrition.

Morgantown, W.Va. -- Illicit drug use in the United States has been steadily increasing, and in 2014 alone, there were over seven million Americans who struggled with drug use. West Virginia has the highest rate of drug-related deaths in the United States and one in 10 people in the state battle with some form of drug addiction.

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Through rain, sleet and snow, WVU teams with Barnwood Builders to create heritage center at WVU Jackson’s Mill

construction of new building on left near an existing log cabin on right

WESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia University alumnus Mark Bowe will be the first to tell you he is passionate about heritage and history, something he and his team strive to preserve as they travel the country honoring pioneer-era craftsmanship on the popular DIY network show, Barnwood Builders.

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WVU Extension Service Community Leadership Academy slated for April

Two conference participants conversing and networking with one another at event.

Morgantown, W.Va. – West Virginia has always had a deep sense of community, and now, more than ever, there seems to be grassroots collaborations and an entrepreneurial spirit that’s driving community revitalization around the state. But, with that revitalization, there’s a need for community leaders to step up to the helm to guide and maximize those efforts.

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WVU Jackson’s Mill partners with painters union to provide apprentice training

Photo of Mount Vernon Dining Hall at WVU Jackson's Mill

Morgantown, W.Va. – A new partnership has formed between West Virginia University’s Jackson’s Mill, the Finishing Trades Institute of West Virginia located in Weston and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 53 to use the Jackson’s Mill facility as an additional training ground for painting apprentices this summer.

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WVU Extension Service's 4-H program tapped to lead 2018 National Youth Science activities

Students learning about computer coding at a camp

The roots of 4-H run deep in the field of agriculture. During the past 10 years those roots have grown to include a focus on science technology engineering and math (STEM) activities. In 2008, 4-H hosted the first National Youth Science Day (NYSD) — the world’s largest youth-led science challenge — to give students a peek at these dynamic and interesting fields of study.

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WVU Jackson's Mill earns ACA-accredited camp status

The American Camp Association® (ACA) announced that West Virginia University Jackson's Mill has again received ACA-Accredited® Camp status for 2018.

"ACA Accreditation means that Jackson’s Mill submitted to a thorough review of its operation by the American Camp Association (ACA) — from staff qualifications and training to emergency management — and complied with the highest standards in the industry," said Cindy Moore, National Standards Commission. “Parents expect their children to attend accredited schools. They also deserve a camp experience that is reviewed and accredited by an expert, independent organization."

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Loyd family endowment ensures strong 4-H legacy continues

Asking John and Betty Ray Loyd why they support WVU Extension Service 4-H programming is like asking why the sun shines — it is second nature.

The couple established the John and Betty Ray Loyd Family 4-H Endowment Fund will support scholarships for 4-H members, leaders and volunteers in Barbour, Braxton and Lewis counties. The funds will provide opportunities to broaden the 4-H experience by participating in local, county, state and national programs.

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