WVU’s Finance University goes virtual this year to ‘teach teachers’ how to prepare students for financial realities

Experts from around the region will be available to help West Virginia teachers prepare their students to make smart financial decisions as they enter college and the workforce in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Finance University, led by Naomi Boyd from the John Chambers College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University is a virtual event this year, taking place July 16-17 and July 20-21. It is open to all West Virginia teachers and educators in neighboring counties in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

WVU Country Roads program ready for non-degree students with intellectual, developmental disabilities

A new on-campus, non-degree certificate program—Country Roads—designed for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities will provide courses, social engagement and applied work experience. The two-year core track focuses on independent living skills and workforce preparedness, plus the option of an advanced track. Students will live in a shared residential housing arrangement. Applications for the program are due next week (July 15).

Privatizing U.S. Postal Service ‘unlikely’ despite Trump’s repeated attacks, says WVU law expert

The deck was stacked against the U.S. Postal Service a decade before President Trump took office, according to Matthew Titolo, professor at the West Virginia University College of Law , also an expert on American public-private contracts and the outsourcing of core public functions to the private sector. The USPS has faced continuous financial shortfalls since 2006, but even a presidential push to privatize the service that delivers roughly 150 billion pieces of mail annually is unlikely without broad congressional and public support, Titolo said.

WVU education experts discuss complexities of reopening public schools during COVID-19 pandemic

Stephanie Lorenze and Melissa Sherfinski, faculty members in the West Virginia University College of Education and Human Services, discuss some of the complexities of planning for—and carrying out—in-person instruction in public schools during a pandemic, including non-traditional schedules, airflow and mindfulness activities. Whatever the officials decide, teachers, custodians and other school employees will have to comply with measures that keep COVID-19 from spreading among students. And that’s no simple task.