Mountain State College to celebrate anniversary

PARKERSBURG – Mountain State College will hold a 125th anniversary celebration from 2-5 p.m. Saturday at its Parkersburg campus at Spring and 16th streets.

The celebration is open to alumni, the community and anyone interested in Mountain State College, said college Director Judith Sutton.

“This is open to anyone who wants to come,” Sutton said.

The celebration tops off a number of events over the last few weeks.

Food and refreshments served, door prizes and tours of all three buildings to showcase the new updates will be available, said Karen Pierce, administrations officer and community resources coordinator for Mountain State College.

“We are hoping to get the word out to past grads of MSC, the public in general, and mostly to just celebrate our 125 years of service to the area,” she said.

A greeter station will welcome guests, distribute T-shirts, door prize tickets and ask participants to sign the guest book, which the college will keep as a keepsake for the event.

Nashville based musician and Parkersburg area native Matt Enik will perform on stage during the event.

“He definitely has a local following around the Parkersburg area,” Sutton said.

Officials are hoping for 100-150 people or more.

The majority of students at MSC are non-traditional with many who are returning to school after many years to seek new skills or retraining.

The college offers courses in administrative assisting, accounting and management, computer information technology, medical transcription, paralegal studies and dependency disorders. All programs are offered online as well as on campus. The school is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent College and Schools.

The school and its staff pride themselves on continuing to prepare its students for success beyond the classroom by staying relevant to the changing needs in the local job market, Sutton said.

“We want everyone in the community to refamiliarize themselves with Mountain State College,” Sutton said.