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Real World Classrooms, Hands on Experience



Real-world Classrooms, Hands-on Experience
By Leslie Fitzwater, Jama Jarrett and Tricia Sizemore

Traditional classrooms are essential to the education process, but certain careers call for knowledge that can only be gained through hands-on activities.

West Virginia offers an assortment of real-world classrooms that take learning to all-new levels: from indoor opportunities like cooking, nutrition and art to crime scene investigation. West Virginia’s real-world classrooms open doors to hands-on opportunities that give students advantages they will not find anywhere else but in the Mountain State.

 Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution
Good-tasting food should be good for you. That is why world-renowned chef Jamie Oliver brought his reality television show, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, to Huntington in 2009. Oliver set up shop in Huntington to help Tri-State residents fight chronic diseases through better food choices.

 Ingredients to Succeed

Ingredients to Succeed
For those who think they might be interested in pursuing a career as a chef or just want to learn how to make a delicious meal for themselves, Canaan Valley Resort’s Culinary University offers a hands-on approach to cooking.

 CSI: Huntington

CSI: Huntington
The Marshall University Forensic Science Center (MUFSC) in Huntington offers a two-year Master of Science program in forensic science; graduates often go on to work for the FBI, Secret Service and other federal, state and local agencies.  The center’s CSI house, which is located just blocks from the MU campus, includes a three-story house, two-story carriage house/garage and grounds that are regularly turned into mock drug dens, murder scenes and shallow gravesites.

 Quilts connect threads of West Virginia’s past and present

Quilts connect threads of West Virginia’s past and present
Quilts are often works of art that still evoke warm reminders of our heritage. As the festivals, exhibitions, active guilds and heritage research dedicated to quilts and quilting attest, they remain part of fabric of West Virginia life.