A Valley of Education
The Upper Kanawha Valley offers a river of opportunity through education. This means a skilled employee pool for your business, professional development for you, and valuable resources for your family.  We know education fuels economy and with multi-disciplinary and diverse educational range, this valley is powering toward a vibrant future.

Public Education
Six elementary schools throughout the Upper Kanawha Valley offer small, community-minded education to our youngest learners. Three middle schools and two high schools prepare students for higher education and workforce success.  Follow links to the individual schools below.

Gauley Bridge Elementary School-Gauley Bridge, West Virginia

Valley Elementary School – Smithers, West Virginia

Belle Elementary School-Belle, West Virginia

Cedar Grove Elementary School – Cedar Grove, West Virginia

Chesapeake Elementary School-Chesapeake, West Virginia

Marmet Elementary School-Marmet, West Virginia

Pratt Elementary School-Pratt, West Virginia

Cedar Grove Middle School-Cedar Grove, West Virginia

DuPont Middle School – Belle, West Virginia

East Bank Middle School- East Bank, West Virginia

Valley High School-Smithers, West Virginia

Riverside High School – Belle, West Virginia

Private Education
Private faith-based education is available, as well.

Upper Kanawha Valley Christian School

Higher Education
A four-year university and two-year community college offer educational opportunities with emphasis on technology and engineering.

West Virginia University Institute of Technology is a division of West Virginia University and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities. For more than a century, WVU Tech has been offering an exceptional education for students that are seeking a small, intimate setting, where individual attention is the accepted norm. Tech is known for its excellent academic programs especially in the STEM disciplines. WVU Tech offers nationally renowned, ABET accredited engineering programs, as well as programs like business management, criminal justice, psychology, nursing and information systems. The university’s historically strong STEM majors enable them to offer outstanding pre-professional programs like pre-med and pre-pharmacy. WVU Tech also offers a wide-range of campus activities designed to complement students’ classroom learning and enrich their college experience. Students can develop their leadership skills in one of Techs student organizations, such as the student newspaper, Christian Student Union, or intramurals. They can also choose to take advantage of Techs exceptional co-op and internship opportunities or join one of the institutions thirteen NAIA collegiate sports, including men’s and women’s swimming. The university is located in Montgomery, West Virginia, amongst the picturesque mountains of Appalachia between two of the state’s largest cities, the state capital Charleston and Beckley. Outdoor enthusiasts will find numerous recreational activities including downhill skiing, hiking, mountain biking and white water rafting nearby. Recent campus improvements include the much-loved Tech aquatics center. Future plans include improving and expanding the Tech Hiking Trail and expansion of campus wi-fi to include both on-campus residence

Bridgemont Community and Technical College. is the only community and technical college developed historically in association with the state of West Virginias only institute of technology, Bridgemont continues to focus on technical programming. Fulfillment of the college mission is accomplished by offering academic programs in: engineering technology, printing technology, information technology, dental hygiene, business and office technology, allied health, occupational development, technical studies and applied technology.  Bridgemont also offers general studies programs for students desiring to a flexible curriculum to allow for career options including but not limited to transfer to baccalaureate programs. Bridgemont also offers several programs for credit and non credit classes. .

Public libraries can be found in several communities throughout the Upper Kanawha Valley. Locations are listed below.

Montgomery Public Library
507 Ferry Street
Montgomery, West Virginia 25136
Phone: (304)442-5665

Gauley Bridge Public Library
286 Railiroad Street
Gauley Bridge, West Virginia 25085
Phone: (304) 632-2175

Glasgow Public Library
129 4th Avenue
Glasgow, WV 25086
Phone: (304) 595-3131

Marmet Public Library
9303 Oregon Ave.
Marmet, WV 25315
Phone: (304) 949-6628


Please use this as the copy for the Carver Career Training Center:

The mission of Carver Career and Technical Education Center is to provide associate degree, certificate and short term education programs designed to prepare secondary students from Kanawha County and adult students from Kanawha and surrounding counties for employment, career advancement, and/or continued education and to assist employers in meeting their employment and training needs. Offering over twenty five degree programs Carver Career and Training Center is meeting the needs of the new workforce in the Kanawha Valley.