The Community and Technical College System (CTCS) of West Virginia has awarded West Virginia University at Parkersburg two grants totaling $355,658. The funds were approved at the CTCS Dec. 18 meeting and will be used for the college’s new certificate and associate programs in broadcasting and health informatics. An additional $7,500 was awarded for faculty professional development.
With the equipment installed and approval from the Federal Communications Commission, WVU Parkersburg is now prepared to go live with a new radio station, WPKM 96.3, and a degree program in broadcast journalism. The introduction of the new program provides students with a career pathway from a certificate to an associate and then on to a baccalaureate degree. Currently, WVU Parkersburg is the only community and technical college in the state to offer this type of program. The CTCS grant of $135,658 will help support the initiative.
“We’re really excited for this opportunity to allow students to create original, local programming. We hope WPKM becomes a voice for our college to the community,” said Torie Jackson, journalism program coordinator for WVU Parkersburg.
The CTCS also awarded $220,000 to WVU Parkersburg to fund a new certificate and associate of applied science in health informatics. This innovative program fuses healthcare, information technology and business administration to prepare students for careers in the various segments of the healthcare industry.
“We plan to collaborate with the Wood County Technical Center by offering articulated courses in health informatics for high school students attending the Caperton Center on our campus,” said Dr. Rhonda Tracy, interim president for WVU Parkersburg. “In the future, we hope to add the bachelor of applied science in healthcare administration to meet the workforce needs in the region.”