- Associated Press - Friday, August 15, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Officials are strengthening the partnership between the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind and Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

The West Virginia Board of Education on Thursday approved an agreement and contract for leasing between the entities.

Eaerlier this year, the board accepted a proposal to reclassify workers at the schools for the deaf and blind to be residential care specialists beginning next July.

That position will require an associate’s degree in a field related to the job’s responsibilities.

As part of the agreement approved this week, Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College will assist workers with obtaining that degree.

Officials say current employees will have five years to complete the degree instead of the original three years.

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