The mission of the Appalachian Education and Workforce Network (AEW Network) is to increase post-high school education and training attainment and help build a stronger workforce in the Appalachian region. Increasing individual and community-wide prosperity and quality of life requires the concerted efforts of policymakers and practitioners in the education and the workforce systems—working together. The AEW Network works to create stronger connections across the education and workforce systems. It helps to ensure that high schools prepare students to take advantage of the education and credentialing opportunities provided by 2- and 4-year colleges and universities, businesses and industries, and related training entities.
Created in 2002 and supported in part by the Appalachian Regional Commission, the AEW Network is composed of program centers and partner workforce agencies in nine9 states: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The Centers employ varied service and operational delivery strategies and create new partnerships to achieve their goals.