Higher Education Open House This Saturday, November 17

For Immediate Release: 
Nov 11 2007

CONTACTS (on behalf of the Erma Byrd Center Advisory Board):
Jim Nelson, College & Media Relations Director, Bluefield State College
1-304-327-4103, jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu

Bill O’Brien, Director of the Beckley Center, Concord University
1-304-256-0270, beckley@concord.edu

Higher Education Open House This Saturday, November 17

Athens, W.Va. – The Advisory Board for the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center would like to announce an open house to be held this Saturday, November 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Erma Byrd Center, 300 University Drive in Beaver.

Prospective students are encouraged to attend and tour the facility and meet representatives from the participating public institutions.

Bluefield State College President, Dr. Albert Walker, said, “We’re excited about the synergy that’s evident at Erma Byrd Higher Education Center. Several public colleges and universities have come together in a ‘higher education mall’ arrangement, permitting students to access tremendous educational opportunities—opportunities that are much more diverse than could be offered by any single institution in the region. The ‘one-stop shop’ approach permits each institution to collaborate and enhance operating efficiencies, maximizing our collective ability to meet the needs of students and industry.”

Concord University Director of the Beckley Center, Dr. Bill O’Brien, stated that, “The Erma Byrd Center brings to the Beckley area the very best in public higher education—in quality, in cutting edge technology, in cost. This open house on Saturday, November 17th, gives us all a first shot at showing off what we can do here. We hope that prospective students and parents will attend. But we want especially to appeal to adults in the region, those who've wanted to give college a try but never made that first move. Please come. And please think seriously about taking a class or two. This is opportunity knocking. Very loudly. Please answer.”

According to New River Community and Technical College President, Dr. Ted Spring, “Students attending a community college program at the Erma Byrd Center can learn skills and earn certificates and/or degrees that lead to employment or can transfer their two-year associate degree from a community college to a four-year institution.”

Enrollment at New River has increased by 33 percent, in part, Spring believes, to New River’s participation at the Higher Education Center.

Members of the Erma Byrd Center Advisory Board and institutions that will be participating in the open house include the following: Bluefield State College, Concord University, Marshall University, New River Community and Technical College, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, and Community and Technical College at WVU Institute of Technology.

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