Highlights TV Show Features WV Coding Club & WV Drug Intervention Institute


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Highlights is a 30 minute weekly TV show featuring organizations, events, grass-roots efforts and people who move our state and community forward in a positive way.

The show is a collaboration with Kanawha County Schools, Suddenlink Communications and Jim Strawn & Company.

The show airs daily at 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Suddenlink’s channel 17.

The show airing September 16, 2019 –  September 23, 2019 highlights the WV Coding Club & WV Drug Intervention Institute.

We interviewed Dan McElroy, Founder of the WV Coding Club and Zack Mowrer, Club Member.

Dan talked about what the WV Coding Club is all about. The Club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established for the purpose of building hubs of technological savvy young people in economically challenged West Virginia. Through a partnership with a nationally accredited/certified tech-ed company, WVCC is able to offer a fast-track alternative computer training program where none currently exist in the public school system. All WVCC students are presented with a wide variety of computer  programs to choose from along with a host of support services including a worldwide problem solving network in real time.

They offer every student in West Virginia the opportunity to participate in our coding club. They also offer students the skills, confidence and opportunity to change their world.

They currently have 130 members from across 5 counties. Members are Middle and High School ages.

Zack, is a 15 year old student at George Washington HS. He has achieved a first in West Virginia! He is the youngest person to complete the Advanced Tech degree program, earning his Computer Programmer Certificate. WV Coding Club in partnership with an US-based, international technology education organization (TeamTreehouse.com) and the University of Charleston Innovation Center celebrate Zack being the 2nd youngest to complete this Certification in the World! THE WORLD!

Congrats Zack.

Dan started the club 3 years with a little funding from a few foundations. That funding is about to expire, so he encouraged to make a contribution to his 501 (c) 3 organization.

Simply go to www.WVCoding.org and click the donate button.


We also interviewed Dr. Susan Bisset, President of the WV Drug Intervention Institute. She talked about this newly formed institute, located on the University of Charleston campus in Charleston, WV.

The mission of the West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute is to reduce deaths in West Virginia from opioid and drug abuse by being (a) an independent advocate for life-enhancing drug policies, and practices, (b) a hub for coordinating drug response activities, and (c) an educational center to address the prevalence of drug abuse and the stigma of drug addiction. The Institute is housed at the University of Charleston in West Virginia’s state capital.


Susan spoke about a joint collaboration with WV Recovery Oriented Care Solutions and WV Chapter of the International Nurses Society of Addiction. The 3 organizations are jointly hosting a one-day conferenence on September 21, 2019 in the ballroom of the UC Student Union from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The conference, titled Building a Healthy WV, is designed to improve the knowledge of the addiction disease. It focuses on recovery, treatment, programs and hope.

Session topics will include presentations from experts on the latest advances in the science of addiction and treatment of SUD, successful treatment alternatives, brain chemistry and pharmacology, ethics of all roads of recovery. Continuing education units are available for ARPRN, RN, Pharmacists, Social Workers, Recovery Coaches, and counselors.

CEU’s are available. Registration is only $35.

Click here to register.

Call 304-357-4879 for more information.

If you would like to learn more about the Highlights TV Show, contact Host and Executive Producer Jim Strawn at 304-541-4756.



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