RTC students present to Gov. Justice

Submitted photo Above, from left, Micah Toney, Associate State Superintendent Dr. Kathy D’Antoni, Charlie Preston and Executive Director of Economic Initiatives Clinton Burch meet in Charleston.

CHARLESTON – Two Simulated Workplace Economic Development Taskforce members of Randolph Technical Center, Micah Toney and Charlie Preston, travelled to Charleston May 8-9 and presented to Gov. Jim Justice’s Chief of Staff, Sen. Michael Hall and several other of Justice’s office staff members.

Students from technical centers around the state have been working for two years developing and researching ideas that will spur actions leading to West Virginia’s economic success, while showcasing Career Technical Education talents.

The summit was directed by Associate State Superintendent Dr. Kathy D’Antoni, Executive Director of Economic Initiatives Clinton Burch and Southern Regional Education Board School Improvement Specialist Dr. Kathleen McNally.

The five projects presented were:

¯ “Smart Medical House;”

¯ “Hatfield & McCoy Theme Park;”

¯ “Tailored Travels-Tiny Homes;”

¯ “Forest Products: Keeping Our Most Valuable Renewable Natural Resource in West Virginia;” and

¯ “Restoration of Properties.”

Student presenters were awarded with Certificates of Achievement from D’Antoni and State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steven Paine.

The governor’s staff will brief the governor on the presentations, which will be sent to him directly to view. Technical students anxiously await directive in hopes of moving forward and stimulating West Virginia’s economic growth while utilizing technical centers. This may just be the start of something outstanding for our state, officials said.