West Virginia gov wants panel to focus on 4-year colleges

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice doesn’t want to make two-year community and technical colleges a high priority for a group reviewing West Virginia’s higher education system.
Justice says in a news release Wednesday the Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education will identify ways to help four-year institutions run more efficiently before expanding its scope to include two-year schools.
The commission voted last week to ask Justice to make two-year schools part of the study.
Justice says he does want to increase opportunities for community and technical college students. He says “we desperately need to train a larger and more skilled workforce.”
The governor wants the panel’s work to be completed by legislative interim meetings in December.