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Background Information

  • Established in 1961 as a branch of West Virginia University.
  • The first and only community college in West Virginia founded and funded by local citizens.
  • Became one of the state’s first comprehensive community colleges in 1971.
  • In a reorganization of West Virginia’s public higher education system in 1989, the institution became West Virginia University at Parkersburg, a regional campus of WVU.
  • In 2008, state legislature changed WVU Parkersburg’s governance structure and relationship to WVU in creating a statewide network of independently accredited community and technical colleges.
  • The college is governed locally by the WVU Parkersburg Board of Governors.

Fast Facts

  • The college has more than 50 programs of study – from certificates to bachelor’s degrees. Programs include welding, surgical technology, business administration, elementary education, criminal justice, 3-D modeling and more.
  • WVU Parkersburg has developed career ladders to ensure that students can move easily from one degree level to another. Competencies are gained at every successive step in the ladder to prepare students for more demanding and higher paying occupations.
  • WVU Parkersburg is the only state community college in West Virginia accredited to offer baccalaureate degrees. It is one of only 27 public institutions in the country classified as a Baccalaureate/Associate’s College.
  • In 2008, WVU Parkersburg acquired a 32,000-square-foot building in downtown Parkersburg and is currently renovating the facility that will serve as a catalyst for economic development programming and entrepreneurship activities.
  • The college opened its new Applied Technology Center and Center for Early Learning on its main campus in fall 2012.
  • In Spring 2013, WVU Parkersburg began accepting students to its new diversified agriculture and culinary arts programs. In addition to these, the college also began offering its child development and criminal justice programs online.
  • There are multiple opportunities for students to get involved, interact with faculty, staff and peers, and enhance their credentials. They can participate in a wide variety of clubs and organizations such as Phi Theta Kappa honor society, speech and debate, student veterans, athletics and more.
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