West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has proclaimed February “HSTA Month,” celebrating the Health Sciences & Technology Academy, a math and science enrichment program that prepares talented minority and underrepresented youth for careers in the health sciences.
The program, founded by Ann Chester, assistant vice president with WVU’s Health Sciences Center, exposes high school students to research, training and educational activities on colleges campuses during the summer months. It’s a partnership with West Virginia communities that is supported by the National Institutes of Health and other public and private foundations.
Most of the Academy’s participants graduate from college and choose careers inside the state. Of the program’s more than 1,000 participants, 97 percent attend college, 94 percent graduate from college and 92 percent go on to work in the state.
“HSTA is a nationally recognized model created in West Virginia by West Virginians that networks globally to provide 21st-Century skills necessary for success while ensuring the well-being of future generations of West Virginians, our economic stability and our quality of life; making West Virginia a great place to live and work,” the proclamation reads.
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