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Business After Hours at New River Community & Technical College – Sept. 19th

September 19, 2013

Please plan to join us on Thursday, September 19 from 5:00 to 7:00 as New River Community and Technical College hosts Business After Hours, alongside the Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce.  Business after hours is an opportunity to connect with business leaders in the community and showcase their business. Immediately following Business After Hours, an Entrepreneur Café will be held at the New River Auditorium, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.

New River Community and Technical College is a relatively young institution, but it has a rich history through its predecessor institutions, Bluefield State College and Glenville State College.  New River’s Greenbrier Valley Campus (GVC) in Lewisburg has an even more complex history.  What started in 1969 as an extension center offering credits through West Virginia University evolved over time into a branch of the two-year component of Bluefield State College and finally emerged as part of New River, an independent community and technical college created by the legislature in 2003 and independently accredited by the Higher Learning Commission in 2005.

Over the years, what is now the Greenbrier Valley Campus has migrated from the halls of Greenbrier East High School, to an old gymnasium on the campus of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (which served the Greenbrier Military School), and finally to Greenbrier Hall, which was once part of Greenbrier College.

Through the efforts of community leaders and generous donors, the once abandoned building was renovated and opened as the Greenbrier Community College Center of Bluefield State in January of 1998.  Dr. David Perkins, who served as the last director of the Center while it was affiliated with Bluefield State, was named provost, and eventually became the first president of New River after the legislature created the institution in 2003.

Under the leadership of Dr. Ted D. Spring, who became the second president in 2005, New River underwent a period of tremendous growth, both in terms of student population and the number of full-time faculty and staff.  Spring left to accept a position in North Carolina in November of 2012. In March of this year, Dr. L. Marshall Washington was named the third president of the College.  He will be inaugurated in a ceremony in Beckley on Sept. 21.

The GVC is the largest of New River’s five campuses in terms of both enrollment and facilities.  It serves Greenbrier, Pocahontas, Monroe and Summers Counties at the campus in Lewisburg, at numerous off-site locations, and through online and distance learning classes which allow students to interact via interactive video with faculty from other campuses.   The College also provides outreach to students in Pocahontas County through the unique One Room University in Marlinton.

Roger Griffith is dean of the Greenbrier Valley Campus, which enrolled 742 students during the spring semester of 2013.  New River is the only community and technical college in West Virginia to offer an Associate of Fine Arts degree program, which is located at the GVC because of Lewisburg’s reputation as one of the region’s most outstanding arts communities.  Other programs available at the GVC include medical assisting, practical nursing, EMT/Paramedic, business, criminal justice and office technology.

The very popular welding and machine tool technology programs are located on Houfnagle Road.  New River’s welding shop is the only testing site in West Virginia certified by the American Welding Society.

New River provides customized workforce training, community and continuing education classes and Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel) programs through the Office of Workforce Education.  Terri Baker and Gloria Kincaid provide Workforce Education services in the Greenbrier Valley Campus service area.

Renovations are underway at the former Greenbrier College Student Activities Building located behind Greenbrier Hall.  When the work is completed, the new Arts and Science Building will house facilities for the Fine Arts program including a printmaking studio and Mac lab, an exercise physiology lab, faculty offices, a cafe and a student commons area.

Earlier this year the College acquired the former Lewisburg Elementary School property on Lee Street and has moved its Allied Health programs to that location. Additional technical programs are being planned for the site.

The Office of Workforce Education will move from Jefferson Office Park to the Lee Street Complex as soon as renovations are complete on offices and classrooms for their use.

Business After Hours are offered monthly by the Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce.  They offer excellent networking opportunities for business owners, managers and their employees.    If you are a member of the Chamber and would like to attend New River Community College’s Business After Hours, please register with the Chamber at www.greenbrierwvchamber.org or call 645-2818 or email at director@greenbrierwvchamber.org.

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