In order for students to understand their opportunities, Tomblin said every student in West Virginia should have access to counseling from community and technical college staff.
Perdue said he supports Tomblin's counselor proposal, as it's vital that students know about the opportunities and options available to them.
"I would bet you that 75 percent of the students in our state need someone to talk to and to give them some direction and hope. That person could be a qualified [career] counselor," Perdue said.
Roberts said Tomblin is right to include every school in the state, as some children fall through the cracks.
"The challenge is it really differs in various parts of West Virginia, not just county by county but school by school," Roberts said. "I'm more and more convinced that there is a way to do this. It's not one size fits all, but that every child has got to be taught by a caring teacher who both knows the subject content and level of energy to do the job."
Tomblin honored both Roberts and Perdue in his speech Wednesday for their support for a drug-free work force in the state.
The governor announced the website www.FaceYourFuture.com to help residents who need and want help with substance abuse.
Numerous employers could talk about trying to hire people who can't pass a drug test or refuse to take one, Roberts said.
"I think the governor is taking us in the right direction to talk about employees who have drug or alcohol problems," Roberts said. "We're not going to fix it until we acknowledge it. We as a state and as a country have really failed to figure out that this is not just criminal activity, it's a combination of a cultural shift."
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