EMPOWER WV Initiative
WorkForce West Virginia’s EMPOWER WV Initiative connects youth in the Mountain State to employment and education by providing mentoring and individually-guided and innovative career pathways to reach their goals. EMPOWER WV kicked off in Kanawha County in 2022 and is expanding statewide.
West Virginia students are encouraged to explore employment opportunities and career pathways available at no cost to in-state residents.
To enroll or for more information, reach out to our office at EMPOWERWV@wv.gov.
Share Your Experiences with Surveys and Assessments
College Foundation of West Virginia (CFWV)
Assess your skills and explore careers with these helpful assessment tools.
EMPOWER WV Youth Perceptions Survey
Share your experiences in the workforce with this short survey.
Explore Employment Opportunities
Find quick links here for WorkForce West Virginia’s Mid Atlantic Career Consortium (MACC) system. First, enroll in the MACC system here and then search for available jobs.
To research entry-level, in-demand youth-targeted occupations in WV, follow the links below:
- West Virginia Demand Occupations (2016 – 2026)
- West Virginia Occupational Wages
- West Virginia Occupations Details
- Top Employers in West Virginia
Explore Career Lattices and Maps for In-Demand Occupations
Learn about skills, wages, and opportunities for growth in different industries and occupations here:
Use the below links to explore information about in-demand sectors like energy, healthcare, information technology and manufacturing.
Energy Quick Links
- Climate Control Technology Career Map
- Wind Career Map
- Center for Energy Workforce Development
- Solar Career Maps
- Green Buildings Career Map
Healthcare Quick Links
Information Technology Quicklinks
Explore Training and Education Opportunities Beyond High School
Unsure about what path to take after high school? Explore education opportunities from the following:
- College for WV
- Credentials Matter
- WV Apprenticeships
- West Virginia Technical and Adult Education