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Charter school focused on nursing and business instruction applies for next round

Two new organizations have applied to open charter schools in West Virginia over the next few years.

The Workforce Initiative for Nurses (WIN) Academy proposes to offer accelerated nursing program options to up to 30 high school students in the 10 county areas served by Bridge Valley Community & Technical College. The application characterizes the charter school as an initiative of her BridgeValley president, Casey Sacks.

The focus will be on high school students. Participant can complete her first year of the Associate Level Registered Nurse Program.

“If successful, WIN Academy will help a small cohort of young students complete a nursing program around the age of 20. Labor shortages will grow,” the organization wrote in its application.

The MECCA Business Learning Institute will open in Berkeley County for middle and high school students with a focus on leadership, entrepreneurship and finance. That application proposes to start in the fall of 2024 for about 250 of her seventh graders and her eighth graders. Over time, the school could grow to her 850 students by her 12th grade.

The name stands for MBEF College & Career Academy. On the other hand, “MBEF” stands for “Mentoring by Example Foundation” and is a non-profit organization for young people.

“MBLI believes that all students can reach their full potential and provides them with the opportunity to explore their interests in business and entrepreneurship while developing leadership skills,” said the organization. wrote in the application.

The deadline for new applicants to the West Virginia Professional Charter Schools Board was last week.

Adam Kissel

“The prospect of a general and professional charter school in West Virginia is great,” said Adam Kissel, president of its board of directors.

“We are seeing a variety of proven and innovative curriculum models, including classic schools, with varying enrollment levels that suit the needs and preferences of different types of families, students and communities across the state. I look forward to it.”

He said that if both new applicants are approved, the total number of approved charter schools in West Virginia will be seven.

“The pace of growth appears to track the Congressional limit of 10 charters in the first three years,” Kissel said.

West Virginia has not had a charter school since 2019, when a state law allowing charter schools was passed. The first schools have opened for students in recent weeks.

West Virginia Academy in Morgantown kicked off the new school year with 470 students a few weeks ago.

The Eastern Panhandle Prep Academy had 330 students enrolled by the end of the week.

The West Virginia Virtual Academy had 261 students enrolled.

192 people are enrolled in the Virtual Prep Academy.

The fifth Nitro Preparatory Academy approved to open this year has had its location postponed this year and will instead open next year.

The first charter schools took root even as legal challenges to the constitutionality of the system headed for the state Supreme Court.

Garret Barenzi

“I don’t think West Virginia fully recognizes the potential of charter schools to solve some of the state’s biggest problems,” said Garrett Barenzi, executive director of the Cardinal Institute. increase. West Virginia.

“Take, for example, the proposed nursing-focused charter school in the Kanawha Valley. As people in West Virginia become more comfortable exercising their educational options, we can expect to see continued impressive growth in charter schools and educational options, which is great for our children and families. .”