West Virginia University at Parkersburg has partnered with Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre to offer an associate degree program to help prepare students for careers in the equine industry.
The program provides an opportunity for current students or graduates of Meredith Manor to earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Technical Studies with a concentration in equestrian studies or equine management from WVU Parkersburg.
“Serving the needs of future, present and past students and local employers is very important to West Virginia University at Parkersburg,” said Michele Wilson, executive director of Workforce and Economic Development, WVU Parkersburg. “Our future students and a local employer needed us, and we responded quickly with a quality product. We are very excited to work with such an excellent educational institution as Meredith Manor and the students they produce.”
Throughout the program, students take 21 credit hours of general education courses delivered by WVU Parkersburg. The majority of the general education courses are offered online to allow students the opportunity to complete the coursework any time of the day and from wherever they choose. During the final semester at WVU Parkersburg, the classroom instruction and training provided to students by Meredith Manor will be converted to 39 college credit hours, leading to the 60-credit hour AAS degree.
“We are so excited to be able to provide our students with this opportunity to add to their education,” said Faith Meredith, director, Meredith Manor. “When two outstanding educational institutions come together, everybody wins. This opportunity will give our students the tools they need to stand out and be leaders in the horse industry.”
Upon successful completion of the associate degree, students can continue their educational journey by pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervisory Management at WVU Parkersburg. This online degree program is an excellent choice for those graduates who are interested in owning their own equine business or managing an equine operation.
To learn more about the program, contact WVU Parkersburg’s Center for Student Services at 304-424-8310 or ude.puvwnull@snoissimda.