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West Virginia is developing courses for career technical students in advanced energy, power and engineered systems.

The project is aimed at meeting work force demands for the growing energy industry and is being led by the state Department of Education's Office of Career and Technical Innovation.

Instructors are working with industry and post-secondary representatives to create the courses. Writing teams are sharing their experiences Friday and Saturday in Morgantown.

American Electric Power engineers have worked with the state since the project's inception last year. They'll be joined by faculty from Marshall University, West Virginia University Institute of Technology, West Virginia University at Parkersburg and Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College, along with oil and gas industry representatives.

Education representatives from Ohio and Pennsylvania also are helping with the project.

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