Governor's Workforce Credential

The Governor's Workforce Credential was created to ensure that West Virginia's developing workforce has industry-ready skills to meet high-quality business and industry expectations. Earning a GWC will allow employers to quickly identify potential employees for a variety of skilled job openings.

Twenty-four states throughout the United States have implemented a Workforce Credential to promote the quality of their respective workforces. However, most states rely on a single metric to determine their Workforce Credential. West Virginia’s Credential is more comprehensive and looks at five criteria. To achieve the GWC, students must successfully meet the all of the following criteria:

i. Complete the four required state-approved CTE Program of Study courses, and achieve a minimum of 95% Portfolio score;

ii. Have a verified minimum attendance rate of 95%;

iii. Achieve a minimum of Level 3 on the Math and ELA categories of the WV Summative Assessment or Level 5/85% on a Career Readiness Assessment (ACT Work Keys, ACT Key Train, or WIN) or 15% above the NOCTI criterion-referenced cut score;

iv. Earn a nationally recognized Industry Credential that coincides with a state-approved program of study (i.e., NCCER Core, WV Welding, ASE-student, ServSafe, C.N.A.);

v. Obtain a Drug-free Certification – Participate/Pass a minimum of 2 mandatory drug screenings.

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