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WVU Parkersburg hosts groundbreaking ceremony for two new building projects
Parkersburg, W.Va. 6/21/11 - Construction will soon begin for West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s two new state-of-the-art facilities. On Tuesday, June 28 at 11:30 a.m. a groundbreaking ceremony will take place for the college’s child development center and applied technology center. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is scheduled to be in attendance for this momentous occasion.
The $5 million applied technology building will accommodate welding technology, industrial maintenance and multi-craft technology classes. The 21,000 square-foot building will house four classrooms, two lab areas for hands-on learning and four faculty offices.
Undergoing construction simultaneously with the technology center will be a $1 million, one-of-a-kind child development center focusing on the arts, literacy, culture and technology to teach young children beyond the traditional classroom environment. The center will host the college’s early learning program for children ages 2 to 8 and also serve as a lab school for the early childhood education program.
“We are so pleased to officially get these projects underway,” said Board of Governors Chairman Joe Campbell. “The college’s students, faculty and staff as well as the greater community will benefit immensely from the opportunities these state-of-the-art facilities will provide.”
Funding for these new projects was provided by a Community and Technical College System (CTCS) bond passed two years ago at state level. Both projects are expected to be completed by May 1, 2012. The college’s last groundbreaking ceremony was nearly 15 years ago when construction of the Caperton Center for Applied Technology began in October 1996.
“These two new facilities will enhance WVU Parkersburg’s efforts to provide high quality graduates for employers of the region and provide additional opportunities for the citizens of our state to earn a college credential,” said CTCS Chancellor Jim Skidmore.
“We’re committed to helping individuals who seek a rewarding career through quality higher education and training,” said WVU Parkersburg President Marie Foster Gnage. “This is just one of the many ways the college is enhancing its educational programming and resources, and it would not be possible without the state support we have received. It’s an exciting time to be a part of WVU Parkersburg.”
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