Major League Baseball teams have minor league clubs in which they cultivate future major leaguers. If you do well coming up the chain, you can hit the big time. It’s much like science.

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s Division of Science and Research has released a five-year strategic plan that focuses on a STEM talent pipeline. The plan can, if successful, pay dividends for the state’s economy.

The STEM pipeline will be critical in recruiting high-tech companies to locate in West Virginia.

“We (want) a workforce that has degrees in STEM and is capable of doing research,” said Dr. Juliana Serafin, HEPC Division of Science and Research senior director. “We not only need people who are getting jobs with companies, but in order to do research at universities, we need…

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