Majority of WV Public College Grads Leave State for Work

Charleston Gazette-Mail - The majority of students who graduated from West Virginia's public colleges between 2003 and 2013 didn't go on to work in the state, a new report from West Virginia University finds. Read

About two-thirds of the students who are from West Virginia wound up working in the state, and only about 10 percent of the out-of-state students did, according to the report.

Eric Bowen, the lead author of the report, said the total number of students graduating from the state's public colleges has been steadily rising, despite an overall downward trend in enrollment across the state.

"As you graduate more and more people, even if the same portion of them move out of the state, you're still increasing the number of educated workers in the entire workforce," Bowen said. "When we looked at this year's cohort, we found that about 2,500 additional graduates were working in West Virginia compared to the previous study."

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