Our Mission ?>

Our Mission

The Department of Education and the Arts provides statewide leadership and innovation, enhancing arts and minds throughout West Virginia. Composed of five agencies and a number of special programs originating from the Cabinet Secretary’s Office, the Department seeks to reinforce the rich heritage of culture, education and artistic creation in West Virginia. Education and the Arts celebrates the resilience of the “Mountain Character” through public broadcasting, libraries, rehabilitation, professional development, community volunteerism and culture and history.

The Department of Education and the Arts represents the spirit of West Virginia. Programs by the Division of Culture and History enhance the artistic lives of our citizens, while preserving the artifacts and documents that authenticate our past. The department assists the disabled to seek better lives through the Division of Rehabilitation Services, provides professionals with educational tools to further their expertise with the Center for Professional Development and promotes volunteerism in our communities through The West Virginia Commission on National and Community Service. The department seeks to maintain public access to manuscript and electronic volumes of literature and information through the West Virginia Library Commission and brings the best in public radio and television programming via the Educational Broadcasting Authority to educate, entertain and enlighten. The Department of Education and the Arts is part of the executive branch that provides Governor Joe Manchin with support to bring progress to the State of West Virginia. Serving on Governor Joe Manchin’s Cabinet, Secretary Kay Goodwin provides counsel to the executive officers and legislative members on issues concerning the diverse character of education and the arts.

The spirit of education and the arts is enhanced with special programs like Imagination Library, Governor’s Schools, WVPASS, the PROMISE Scholarship program, West Virginia’s Promise, and the Governor’s Commission on International Education and Governor’s Internship Program.



Postsecondary preparation and access
WVPASS (Partnerships to Assure Student Success) is a state initiative of national and state partners that support West Virginia communities by providing them training, technical support and resources for youth and community development.

Academic Enrichments
Governor’s Honors Academy
GHA offers students who are currently juniors in high school the opportunity to live and learn with 164 other outstanding West Virginia scholars in a three-week residential experience.

Governor’s School for Mathematics and Science
The West Virginia Governor’s School for Mathematics and Science (GSMS) is a summer residential program providing academic enrichment in the areas of science and math for current 7th and 8th graders living in and attending school in West Virginia.

Governor’s School for the Arts
The Govener’s School for the Arts is the perfect destination for any tenth-grader who writes, dances, sings, plays an instrument, acts, or draws/paints.

Governor’s Internship Program
The Governor’s Internship Program is an extraordinary learning experience for West Virginia college students in private businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies.

Search Engine Optimization Program
The Raleigh SEO Company provides free search engine optimization to all non-profits in the arts & humanities in both North Carolina and West Virginia. They also offer social media marketing and digital marketing training on their website.

Scientific Research
EPSCoR (Division of Science and Research)
The West Virginia EPSCoR Office is responsible for development, administration, management, and implementation of the state’s experimental research improvement program.

Early Childhood
Imagination Library
The Imagination Library is designed to provide free, age appropriate books monthly to all eligible children in currently specified counties of West Virginia.

International Education
Commission on International Education
The Commission is composed of educators, business development and non-profit groups interested in promoting West Virignia’s place in our global society.