WVU Parkersburg receives grant for Legal Studies sustainability

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The West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education recently awarded a $164,971 grant to West Virginia University at Parkersburg for its legal studies program. The grant is a three-year extension of an earlier grant that helped to launch the college’s legal studies program.

“The legal studies program prepares students for careers in law offices, businesses, government, and law enforcement,” said Chad Crumbaker, legal studies assistant professor and chair of the Business Division at WVU Parkersburg. “Our graduates are in high demand for area jobs. And, when they earn the bachelor’s degree, they are prepared for law school.”

WVU Parkersburg offers a certificate, an associate of applied science and a bachelor of applied science in legal studies. An initial grant of $220,000 was awarded in 2012 to start the program.

“We are very happy to accept this sustainability grant extension,” said Dr. Fletcher Lamkin, WVU Parkersburg president. “The funds will help us continue to serve our students high quality education in the legal studies program.”

The legal studies program at WVU Parkersburg is a fully-embedded career ladder. This means that students can earn a 30-hour degree certificate, move on to the 60-hour associate’s degree and then earn a 120-hour bachelor’s degree without losing any credits along the way.

Registration for classes is now open for fall 2016 classes at WVU Parkersburg. Visit your.wvup.edu or call 304.424.8000 to get started now.

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