Charleston, WV Area Scholarships
Charleston is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of West Virginia. It is located at the confluence of the Elk and Kanawha Rivers in Kanawha County. As of the 2010 Census, it had a population of 51,400, while its metropolitan area had 304,214. New definitions from February 28, 2013 placed the population at 240,000. The metropolitan area is the second-largest in the State of West Virginia behind the Huntington-Ashland-Ironton metropolitan area. Charleston is the county seat of Kanawha County.
Early industries important to Charleston included salt and the first natural gas well. Later, coal became central to economic prosperity in the city and the surrounding area. Today, trade, utilities, government, medicine and education play the central role in the city's economy.
The first permanent settlement, Ft. Lee, was built in 1788. In 1791, Daniel Boone was a member of the Kanawha County Assembly.
Charleston is the home of the West Virginia Power (formerly the Charleston Alley Cats and the Charleston Wheelers) minor league baseball team, the West Virginia Wild minor league basketball team, and the annual 15-mile (24 km) Charleston Distance Run. Yeager Airport and the University of Charleston are also located in the city.
Charleston is also home to the 130th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard.
The city also contains public parks, such as Cato Park and Coonskin Park, and the Kanawha State Forest, a large public state park that sustains a pool, camping sites, several biking/walking trails, picnic areas, as well as several shelters provided for recreational use.
Schools in and around Charleston, WV
Charleston School of Beauty Culture
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Private for profit
West Virginia Junior College-Charleston
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Private for profit; $12,625 average out-state tuition; $12,625 average in-state tuition
Garnet Career Center
Less than 2 years (below associate); Public
University of Charleston
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $25,000 average out-state tuition; $25,000 average in-state tuition
Mountain State School of Massage
Less than 2 years (below associate); Private for profit
Carver Career Center
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Public
Ben Franklin Career Center
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Public; $2,970 average out-state tuition; $2,970 average in-state tuition
Popular Majors in Charleston
- Business Administration and Management
- Nursing - Registered Nurse Training (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
- Medical Office Assistant
- Computer Systems Technician
- Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary
- Respiratory Care Therapist
- Political Science and Government
- Medical Radiologic Technology -- Radiation Therapist
- Mass Communication/Media Studies
- Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
- Interior Design
- Veterinary/Animal Health Technician and Veterinary Assistant
- General Studies
- Athletic Trainer
- Multimedia Management and Webmaster
- Elementary Education