Building America's Innovation Workforce in West Virginia

We are now accepting applications from those who are interested in entering the tech sector in West Virginia.

NewForce is a tuition-free, in-person, team-based intensive tech training program in Huntington, West Virginia. It was created by employers, community colleges, and nonprofits to ensure West Virginians have the right tech skills for companies who are ready to hire in the Mountain State.

Through the intensive six-month curriculum, NewForce students work together, receive mentorship, and graduate with in-demand software development skills and direct connections to jobs. The program finishes with a Job Interview Day where the program’s employer partners interview NewForce graduates for open positions.

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Local Chapters

Connect with our activated statewide network

Our local Chapters play an important role in Generation WV’s mission as they serve as hubs of connection, engagement, and development led by and for young people. 

Across the state, young leaders self-organize in 10 Generation Chapters that make up an activated network of young people who are eager to step up in their communities. While Generation West Virginia provides support to all of our chapters, they are volunteer-led, planning programs, events, and opportunities for their local networks. Each chapter is led by a volunteer board or steering committee, providing leadership opportunities for those who join.

Our chapters are developed out of the local leadership’s answer to one question: What would you do to make your community a place where more young people can choose to stay? Each chapter strives to build on the assets of their community and expand the opportunities for young people to get connected and involved. 

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Impact Fellowship

striving to expand West Virginia’s talent pipeline

The Impact Fellowship is an initiative to attract, retain, and advance the best and brightest young talent to live, work, and contribute to a better future for West Virginia. Modeled after the successful Challenge Detroit program, the yearlong Impact WV fellowship is designed to not only attract top-notch employees to West Virginia but also to retain them.

This program invites tomorrow’s leaders to work, live and give in West Virginia by offering yearlong, paid fellowships at some of the Mountain State’s most innovative companies. During the course of a year, Impact Fellows will work 32 hours a week at one of our participating companies and spend each Friday contributing their brain power and time to a local nonprofit.

Application Deadline: March 13th, 2017

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Young Professionals Week

A statewide week of workshops, projects, and empowerment sessions

YP Week is a weeklong celebration of young professionals in West Virginia with events all around the state hosted by Generation groups. Typically scheduled for the fall, events will range from social gatherings to adventurous outings to meaningful conversations about the issues that matter among young professionals in West Virginia. YPWeek offers engaging events hosted by and for young West Virginians while also educating employers, communities, and the state on the important role these functions play in retaining young talent.

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Generation Kickstart

a pre-conference series for West Virginia's young leaders

Generation Kickstart is a pre-conference series for young West Virginians to get connected, stay inspired, and keep learning. Generation Kickstart sessions serve as our generation’s warm up to some of West Virginia’s greatest conferences. Come to just the Kickstart session or the following conference, too, but either way you’ll enjoy interactive sessions and workshops to keep you moving up and up as a leader in West Virginia.

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