Join business, community, education and legislative leaders for an innovative discussion on public education – strengthening the pipeline to future jobs in West Virginia.


Event Details:
Monday, May 6, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Wheeling Park High School
1976 Park View Road, Wheeling, WV 26003
Registration and Lunch: $20



Sarah Armstrong Tucker


WV Council for Community and Technical College Education

Dr. Sarah Armstrong Tucker

Dr. Sarah Armstrong Tucker is the Chancellor of the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia.  Prior to her current role, Dr. Tucker served as Director of Planning and Research for the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia.  Her work focuses on college access, particularly for first-generation rural students, and redesigning developmental education.

Under her leadership, West Virginia has made significant gains in transforming developmental education at the community college level. As a result of moving to the co-requisite model of remediation, the state has seen its student success rate in those courses jump from 13 percent to 64 percent. This, combined with other successes including expanding transfer and articulation agreements between two- and four- year institutions and securing funding from Complete College America, is a testament to Dr. Tucker's commitment to improving college completion in West Virginia.

As the head of the state's system of community and technical colleges, the first woman to hold the position, Dr. Tucker also has grown and strengthened work with business and industry partners to improve education and training for the jobs that are most in demand in the state. She focuses particularly on supporting the dislocated worker population, efforts that got a significant boost with a $5.2 million Department of Labor grant.

Dr. Tucker completed her doctorate at the School of Education at the University of Michigan in 2010.  Prior to pursuing her doctorate, she was a behavioral specialist and general education teacher in an adolescent girls group home.  She earned a B.A. in Psychology from Harvard University and a M.A. in Quantitative Research Methodology from the University of Michigan.

Amy Shuler Goodwin


Charleston, West Virginia

The Honorable Amy Shuler Goodwin

Amy Shuler Goodwin--daughter of Floyd Shuler, a small business owner, and mother Pat Shuler, an elementary school teacher--grew up in West Virginia.  Having been raised in a family who owned a sporting goods store, Goodwin and her sister Karen Shuler Stakem discovered their passion for sports and the outdoors. It was the selfless acts of public service of Goodwin's grandfather, the late Dr. Albert Blatnik, and her grandmother, the late Senator Thais Blatnik that sparked her interest in serving her fellow West Virginians.

Goodwin most recently served as the Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Commissioner of Tourism for the State of West Virginia. Before that Goodwin served as Communications Director and chief spokesperson for Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and Governor Bob Wise. During her career, Goodwin also served as chief spokesperson for a presidential candidate, a congressman and mayor of the City of Charleston.  Goodwin also owned and managed a public relations firm, was an anchor and reporter, and taught senior level public relations courses for the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism at West Virginia University and the University of Charleston.

Goodwin graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in journalism and a minor in political science.  During her time at West Virginia University, Goodwin served as Vice President of the student body.

Goodwin serves on the Board of Directors for the Mountaineer Autism Project, is the President of the John Adams Middle School Parent Teacher Association, a member of the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences and a sustainer in the Junior League of Charleston.

Goodwin and her husband, Booth Goodwin, have two teenage boys—Joe and Sam. When Amy and her husband are not watching their boys play hockey, run cross country, or play in the band they can be found mountain biking or hiking with their very large lab, Gus (a Kanawha County Animal Shelter pup!).






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