How do we support Work-Based Learning?

The Education Alliance, with generous support from Toyota Motor Manufacturing WV, the American Electric Power Foundation, the Benedum Foundation, and the Steeley Foundation, is excited to pilot the Virtual Work-Based Learning Internship Course.

This semester-long course is being piloted by participating Kanawha and Raleigh County schools, along with a smaller cohort of students from Fayette and Jefferson Counties. It is an expansion of the WV Ready Graduate initiative that increases high school students' understanding of career pathways and helps them develop employability skills.

Upon completion of the Virtual Work-Based Learning Internship, students will earn .5 graduation credit. The course consists of weekly job shadow training modules led by business partners, and a capstone project assigned by the business, supported by business mentoring, evaluated with design thinking. For more information contact Olivia McCuskey at 304-342-7850 (phone) or


Summer Internships 2019

4 week in-person paid internship with a West Virginia business for 10 rising juniors or seniors

The Education Alliance partnered with Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, Appalachian Power, and Cabell Huntington Hospital to pilot the WV Ready Summer Internships program. Ten students participated in an in-person 4 week, 40 hour/week, paid internship with one of the participating businesses.  All interns were rising juniors or seniors in high school, and earned college credit upon completion of the internship. Interns received one-on-one business mentoring, real world work experience, and presented a capstone project at the conclusion of the program.

Buffalo High School
Hannan Sr. High School
Sherman High School
Capital High School
Herbert Hoover High School
Huntington High School

Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia
Appalachian Power
Cabell Huntington Hospital

Virtual Internships 2020

4 week virtual internship and training opportunity for 15 rising high school juniors and seniors

Due to the COVID-19 protocols and restrictions, The Education Alliance transitioned the WV Ready Internships program to a completely virtual 4 week summer internship opportunity for rising high school juniors and seniors. Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, Dow Inc., and West Virginia American Water participated to host fifteen students from nine schools across West Virginia. The internship consisted of weekly training modules facilitated by a participating business, weekly one-on-one business mentoring calls, and a capstone project.

Huntington High School
St. Albans High School
Grafton High School
Parkersburg South high School
Sherman High School
Riverside High School
Hurricane High School
Nitro High School
Winfield High School
George Washington High School

Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia
West Virginia American Water
Dow Inc.

WBL Internship Course 2021

Virtual Work-Based Learning Internship Course for high students to earn a .5 graduation credit

The Education Alliance is excited to expand the WV Ready Internships program to participating high schools during the January 2021-May 2021 school semester with the Virtual WBL Internship Course. This pilot program will implement the main components of the Internship program into a high school class for .5 graduation credit. A teacher will facilitate the course at each high school. Students will participate in weekly business mentoring calls that focus on career awareness and cultivating WV Ready skills, weekly business mentoring calls, and a capstone project assigned by a participating business.

Full Participation High Schools
Independence High School (Raleigh County)
St. Albans High School (Kanawha County)
Capital High School (Kanawha County)
Herbert Hoover (Kanawha County)

Partial Participating High Schools
Oak Hill High School (Fayette County)
Midland Trail High School (Fayette County)
Jefferson High School (Jefferson County)

Full Participating Businesses
Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia
Appalachian Power
West Virginia American Water

Partial Participating Businesses
Shenandoah Planing Mills
Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC)
Bowles Rice
River Riders
Yeager Airport
Dow Inc.
84 Agency