Congressman Evan Jenkins strongly believes that education is the blueprint for West Virginia’s success and that we need professional educators to prepare and inspire today’s youth to become tomorrow’s workers, innovators and leaders. Evan stands ready to bring the voices of southern West Virginia’s educators, students and parents to Washington to fight for education policies that reflect their values and priorities.
Evan is a proud supporter of rural education programs, such as Head Start and Early Head Start, which work to ensure that all West Virginia children receive a quality education. Through his role on the House Appropriations Committee, Evan has supported grant funding for before- and after-school programs, special education and rural education and federal Pell grants.
Congressman Jenkins also believes that we need policies that restore local control to our public schools and empower parents, not Washington, to decide what’s best for their students. That’s why Evan has supported legislation that would halt the federal government’s ability to coerce states into adopting the flawed Common Core standards.
With several higher education institutions located within West Virginia’s Third Congressional District, Evan also knows the importance of providing federal funding and support for these institutions in order for them to grow and expand. Evan has also supported funding for federal programs, such as TRIO, which help first-generation college students enter and complete post-secondary education.
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WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced today that Davis & Elkins College has received much-needed federal funding to keep its Veterans Upward Bound program open. The college will receive $375,319 from the U.S. Department of Education.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has asked Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to renew Davis & Elkins College’s Veterans Upward Bound program funding.
Davis & Elkins’ program is the only program of its kind in West Virginia, helping veterans in 38 West Virginia counties enter and complete post-secondary education. Upward Bound helps low-income and first-generation college students succeed by providing tutoring, counseling, support services and work-study programs.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) asked National Science Foundation Director France Cordova Wednesday about potential partnerships with other agencies for the Green Bank Observatory.
As the NSF considers the future of the Green Bank Observatory and its telescope, Rep. Jenkins asked what steps the agency is taking to help support this scientific and educational resource.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced today that Hunter White of Point Pleasant has been admitted to the U.S. Naval Academy. Rep. Jenkins nominated White to the academy, and the academy has offered him admission to the class of 2021.
Hunter White, 19, is the son of Sean and Rebecca White of Point Pleasant and a graduate of Point Pleasant High School.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced today that Joshua Seth Siemiaczko of Bluefield has been admitted to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Rep. Jenkins nominated Siemiaczko to the academy, and the academy has offered him admission to the class of 2021.
Joshua Siemiaczko, the son of Robin Primmer and Michael Siemiaczko, is a senior at Princeton Senior High School.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced today that Clay Havens of Union has been admitted to the U.S. Naval Academy. Rep. Jenkins nominated Havens to the academy, and the academy has offered him admission to the class of 2021.
Clay Havens, the son of Kelly Crosier and Donald Havens, is a senior at James Monroe High School.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced today that Tyler Owens of Cass has been admitted to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Rep. Jenkins nominated Owens to the academy, and the academy has offered Tyler admission to the Class of 2021.
Tyler, the son of Bill and Pamela Owens, is a graduate of Pocahontas County High School and a freshman at Potomac State College.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced today that he has nominated eight West Virginia high school students to the four U.S. military service academies.
The service academies are: the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) spoke at Wednesday’s public scoping hearing at the Green Bank Observatory, strongly encouraging continued investment in this vital scientific and community resource.
“Our state is hurting right now. We are hurting, and Green Bank is the shining beacon for our future and for hope for that future. …The impacts for science, for education and for the community is why there is such an outpouring as shown here today for this facility,” he said.
In the hills of Pocahontas County sits a radio telescope, one with the ability to peer light-years away and change the way we think about our universe.
The Green Bank Observatory and its crown jewel, the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope, are irreplaceable assets to West Virginia — and assets that could be in jeopardy.
The Green Bank Observatory is at a crossroads. A government report released by the National Science Foundation in 2012 recommended divesting from Green Bank, but NSF has yet to completely follow through.