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Work Anywhere. Choose Home.

First Ascent is a two-year program designed to help you launch your professional career through the power of remote and hybrid work while maximizing work-life balance and building community. Apply now!

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Am I Eligible?

West Virginia University and Marshall University graduates who accept a full-time, remote, entrepreneurial, or hybrid job offer are eligible to apply for First Ascent. See our Apply Now page to learn more!

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Need Help Securing a Remote Job?

Don't go it alone! Your university's Career Specialists can help you accelerate your search for a full-time remote, remote-first, or hybrid career opportunity.

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  1. Connect with a Career Specialist.
  2. Curate a job search toolkit and resume designed to resonate with your target employers.
  3. Leverage your university's powerful employer and alumni networks, personalized career coaching sessions, and interview resources to get one step closer to the job offer you've been waiting for.
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Mentorship & Professional Development

We have the tools to help you thrive professionally in remote and hybrid settings. Set yourself up for success through mentorship programs with seasoned professionals, a remote worker certificate, curated resources designed to support your professional aspirations, and more!

Co-Working Space & Networking

Remote and hybrid work is here to stay, and our co-working spaces, also known as Base Camps, are the solution to your productivity and time-management challenges. Stop into any of our spaces to stay on top of your workload while also building your network!

Outdoor Recreation & Adventure

Working in a remote or hybrid environment doesn't mean you have to stay in your living room. West Virginia is an outdoor recreation playground, and First Ascent is here to help you get outside for your next adventure. The mountains are calling!

Social Activities & Community Building

When making the transition into your professional career, a supportive community can make all the difference. To help you feel at home and find your place, join your fellow First Ascent members for a variety of social events and exclusive adventures all year round!

Unlock West Virginia's Top Talent

Looking for exceptional talent to drive your business forward? Universities in West Virginia are combining their resources to prepare graduates for success in today's dynamic job market. WVU and Marshall have a pool of skilled and motivated professionals equipped with the tools and mindset to thrive in evolving industries. By connecting with our graduates, you'll not only secure top-notch employees, but also contribute to the growth and transformation of our state through the power of remote and hybrid work.

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Why are Remote Workers Choosing West Virginia?


For these newest West Virginians, access to outdoor recreation opportunities was a driving factor in the decision to move. This is consistent with a recent study by Livability Media that found 45% of survey respondents started a new outdoor hobby during

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From Bay to Biking and Boarding: Ascend Member Maximizes Remote Work in WV


When people ask me why I decided to move from San Francisco to WV, I tell them about the time I rode a double century (200 miles) from White Sulfur Springs to Snowshoe Mountain Resort and back in a day. The bike riding in WV blew my mind; it was amazing.

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