JRTI building

Director’s Message

It is my pleasure to welcome you to James Rumsey Technical Institute. James Rumsey Technical Institute has served high school students from Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan Counties and adult students from the four state area for over 40 years. During this time, James Rumsey Technical Institute has made a commitment to excellence in technical and academic education to meet business, industry and government needs locally as well as in our global community.

James Rumsey Technical Institute dedicated faculty and staff bring experience and innovation to the learning experience. High school students have the opportunity to enroll in one of our 1 programs which offer industry credentialing. Students are able to earn college credits through various partnerships, including EDGE (Earn a Degree, Graduate Early) through local higher education institutions. Post-secondary students may enroll in 9 post-secondary programs as well as the Jill S. Weekly Learning Center in order to further advance in their current job skills or to pursue new career options. Students at James Rumsey Technical Center have the opportunity to participate in various student organizations, which have been recognized at the state and national levels.

Take an opportunity look at our website to learn about the various opportunities that are offered and contact us for information on how we can help you achieve your goals.

Donna Van Metre

About JRTI

Since 1970, James Rumsey Technical Institute has served as the leading provider of career and technical education for West Virginia high school students, as well as adult learners from across the Eastern Panhandle and beyond.

The institute’s curriculum utilizes a real-world approach that develops the key skills needed for career success, and also provides a foundation for achievement in subsequent institutions of higher learning.

Building skills within our local workforce is central to the institute’s mission.

In addition to offering a wide range of programming, aimed at getting dislocated workers back to work, they also customize training programs to improve workforce capabilities within area businesses. As a well-respected local institution, they have developed training partnerships with more than seventy-five local businesses.

The instructors and staff at James Rumsey Technical Institute are dedicated to advancing the long-term career opportunities for all students. Their dedication has contributed to their recognition as a West Virginia School of Excellence, and they were honored with an Outstanding Business and Industry Involvement Award from the West Virginia Department of Education in 2011.

Accolades aside, the institute remains committed to their original mission of “enhancing the quality of life for students of all ages by setting standards of excellence in technical and academic education.”

For more information regarding the variety of programs offered by this community-focused organization, call 304-754-7925.


Accredited by North Central Association and by the Council on Occupational Education, James Rumsey Technical Institute provides high-quality education in a comfortable, professional setting, outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment.

Their active committee of industry advisors includes more than one hundred professionals―working within represented industries―to ensure that the institute’s curriculum provides students with the capabilities needed to perform when on the job. For this reason, area businesses remain interested in hiring program participants, leading many employers to directly recruit program graduates.

Our Mission

To enhance the quality of life through continual education for students of all ages throughout our community by setting standards of excellence in technical and academic education as determined by business, industry, and government.

Our Vision

The Institute is dedicated to the belief that each individual should be given a continual opportunity for the development and extension of his/her skill and knowledge to increase an awareness of his/her role and responsibility in society. The Institute is devoted to serving the educational needs of its community and assumes a responsibility to help provide the requirements for trained employees in its region through a cooperative effort from local industry, business, and government.


  1. Automotive Technology
  2. Culinary Arts
  3. Electrical Technology
  4. Electromechanical Technology
  5. HVAC & Refrigeration
  6. Licensed Practical Nursing
  7. Surgical Technology
  8. Truck Driving
  9. Massage Therapy


  1. Advanced IT (Informatics)
  2. Aerospace Engineering
  3. Automotive Technology
  4. Carpentry
  5. Cisco Networking
  6. Diesel Technology
  7. Early Childhood Education
  8. Electrical Technician
  9. Fire Science/Emergency Services
  10. Graphic Design
  11. Coding, App, & Game Design
  12. Law and Public Safety (Criminal Justice)
  13. Masonry
  14. Multimedia Publishing
  15. ProStart Restaurant Management
  16. Robotics
  17. Therapeutic Services
  18. Welding