Hybrid apprenticeship offers flexibility to manufacturers

June 5, 2017

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has approved the first hybrid apprenticeship model developed by Apprenticeship Works, the National Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship Partnership at the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI).



Graduation address

Excerpt from graduation speech by John Moon, Operations Supervisor, Bombardier Aerospace

"This is an exciting time to be graduating with an education in machining from a nationally certified machine technology program. The coal industry is back on the rise and will stabilize, the oil and gas industry will continue to grow, the power sector will have growth, and the aviation sector will have rapid growth over the next three to five years.


Farm incubator plans open house

May 30, 2017

The public is invited to join in celebrating the official opening of Sprouting Farms from 5 to 8 p.m. June 8 at the facility near Talcott in Summers County. 


TEN50 Accelerator graduates to pitch business ideas

May 22, 2017

Members of the first entrepreneurial class of TEN50: West Virginia’s Business Accelerator at the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI), will pitch their business ideas to community members and potential investors during Demo Day May 24 at noon in Huntington. The event is the culmination of three months of intense mentoring to turn the startup concepts into solid business operations.


Event focuses on making and manufacturing

May 15, 2017

HUNTINGTON — The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) will celebrate hands-on learning and highlight careers in manufacturing at its Explore the Vault event on May 18.


RCBI celebrates 50-plus skilled graduates of advanced manufacturing programs

May 4, 2017

The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) will celebrate next week as more than 50 skilled individuals graduate from its nationally recognized programs and prepare to enter the manufacturing workforce as machinists, CNC technicians and welders.


 RCBI partners on marketing/social media luncheons across southern W.Va.

April 26, 2017

HUNTINGTON—The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) is partnering across southern West Virginia to deliver a series of luncheon workshops where you’ll learn how to develop an effective marketing and social media strategy for your small business.


RCBI camps offer students opportunity to explore LEGO robotics

May 18, 2017

HUNTINGTON--The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) promises a summer of discovery for 9- to 15-year-old students interested in robotics.


Major initiatives will diversify economy, create jobs, improve health

April 20, 2017

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Initiatives to diversify the economy of southern West Virginia and improve the health of its residents received support from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.


RCBI recognized as national apprenticeship leader

April 12, 2017

CHARLESTON The U.S. Department of Labor has named the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) as a national leader in workforce development for its apprenticeship efforts.