West Virginia University to expand economics education

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Arizona Diamondbacks managing partner Ken Kendrick and his wife, Randy, are donating $20 million to West Virginia University over the next 10 years to help its business and economics school to offer new programs.

WVU announced Tuesday that it will also commit about $20 million to establish the Kendrick Center for an Ethical Economy, which will provide programs for high school students and educators across the state.

University President Gordon Gee said in a statement that the alliance “will help our state retain the best young talent in accordance with West Virginia University’s land-grant mission by helping teachers to address the economic literacy gaps that exist for students.”

To invest in teachers to increase the reach of youth economics education across the state, a specialized stream will be created for educators through a Master of Science in Economics program. The summer workshops will focus on teaching economics to teachers, and teacher mentors will be recruited to support Kendrick Center educators, the statement said.

The program will also recruit high-achieving high school students to WVU, and enrollment in a microeconomics course will be expanded for West Virginia high school students, the statement said.

Ken Kendrick graduated from the WVU in 1965.

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