- The Parkersburg Branch of West Virginia University
opens in an abandoned elementary school; 104 students enroll in
- Wood County citizens pass bond issue that, with matching
federal funds, provides $3.6 million to build an educational
complex on land provided by the Wood County Court.
1966 - The college's name is changed to West Virginia
1969 - Construction is completed on campus complex on
1971 - The institution becomes Parkersburg Community
College following legislative action to create a
comprehensive community college system for West Virginia of
three free-standing community colleges.
1975 – The Jackson County Center opens in Ripley to serve
Jackson, Mason and Roane counties.
1989 - The West Virginia Legislature establishes the
college as West Virginia University at Parkersburg, a
regional campus of West Virginia University.
1991 - WVU Parkersburg is accredited to offer
baccalaureate degrees in Business Administration and Elementary
Education; becomes only state community college accredited to
offer bachelor's degrees.
1999 - The Caperton Center for Applied Technology opens,
featuring a unique partnership of public and higher education.
2001 - WVU Parkersburg begins offering a Bachelor of
Applied Technology degree, the first in the state.
2004 - The College's first female president and the sixth
leader of the institution is selected.
2006 - WVU Parkersburg cited for its affordability with
second lowest in-state tuition in the country.
2008 - WV legislation establishes new governance
structure for state's community colleges; WVU Parkersburg
continues an association with WVU.
2010 - WVU Parkersburg experiences record enrollment;
becomes fourth largest institution of higher education in WV.