The Mining Extension Service was established in 1913 to extend the resources and expertise of West Virginia University to the coal miners of this state and consequently the nation.
We provide opportunities for personal, educational and industrial advancement through instructional courses. Our instructors are certified to teach:
The structure of the Mining Extension Service consists of both on-campus and off-campus staff and faculty. On-campus support includes centrally-located administrators, instructional specialists, and clerical personnel. These individuals handle administrative problems, supply materials, develop new instructional materials, and conduct research relevant to miner training.
Teaching is handled by the field instructors who live and work in the major coal-producing region of the state. Each instructor combines a strong academic background with an equally strong mining background.
The Mining Extension Service also encompasses the Emergency Preparedness Program.