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WVPEC to be inducted into June Harless Hall of Fame


The West Virginia Public Education Collaborative, housed in the Office of the Provost, will be inducted into the June Harless Hall of Fame for its exemplary statewide educational leadership.

The June Harless Center will recognize the WVPEC as an outstanding statewide partner that uniquely connects education and business to help West Virginia’s next generation meet today’s evolving workforce demands. 

Thanks to programs like the STEAM Technical Assistance Center and Sparking Early Literacy Growth in West Virginia, the WVPEC’s effect among students and educators continues to climb, particularly in the areas of STEAM education and literacy.

“The West Virginia Public Education Collaborative and STEAM TAC teams are doing work that is impressive and life changing,” WVU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Maryanne Reed said. “They are showing K-12 students opportunities for lifelong careers in West Virginia, and in turn, are helping to grow a workforce pipeline that will benefit our state’s economy in the long run.”

During the ceremony, individuals and organizations are inducted into the Harless Center Hall of Fame to show appreciation and give recognition to those who have made significant contributions to the West Virginia education system. 

“We are so pleased to induct the WVPEC into the Harless Hall of Fame for their tireless efforts and initiatives that are elevating the education system in West Virginia,” said Tarabeth Heineman, executive director of the June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development at Marshall University.

Additional inductees include David L. Roach, state superintendent of schools; Amy Nichole Grady, member of the West Virginia State Senate and chair of the Senate Education Committee; and the National Youth Science Academy, formerly the National Youth Science Foundation. 

The 18th annual June Harless Center Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony will take place Friday (May 5) at the Brad D. Smith Foundation Hall at Marshall University.