Morgantown, W.V. – On July 12th-16th, the West Virginia School Service Personnel Association (WVSSPA) is partnering with West Virginia University Institute for Labor Studies and Research (ISL) to offer the first annual summer school at Lakeview Resort in Morgantown, WV.
WVSSPA members representing all classifications of school service personnel from around the state will attend the training program, including, Aide/Paraprofessional, School Lunch, Custodial, Maintenance, Office and Transportation. Continuing education and professional development coursework to be offered includes: U.S. Labor History, The Structure and Function of the U.S. Labor Movement, Managing Student Behavior and Leadership Development. “This has been a longtime vision and it is now a reality. Our hope is that our members will gain a deeper sense and knowledge of the importance of school service personnel and our service to the children of West Virginia. We want them to take what they learn at summer school back to their worksites to share with colleagues,” Joe White, WVSSPA Executive Director.
The WVSSPA is a non-profit association whose purpose is to create a deeper sense and knowledge of the importance of a good educational system for West Virginia, and to advance the interest and welfare of service employees. The association was established in 1965. The WVSSPA is an 8,000-plus member strong union organization dedicated to school service personnel. WVSSPA offers insurance, legal representation and professional development opportunities for members. The association values democracy and independence, and recognizes the importance of actively raising awareness on issues important to school service employees in West Virginia.