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Mountain State continues to develop online and in the classroom

March 4, 2011

PARKERSBURG - As it enters its 123rd year of service in the community, Mountain State College continues to develop its curriculum and stays focused on the success of its students.

Mountain State is continuing to prepare its students for success beyond the classroom by staying relevant to the changing needs in the local job market, said college director Judith Sutton.

Over the past year, the college continued to refine its online courses where students can take classes from home and utilize their own computers in doing their course work anywhere on campus as well as in the traditional classroom setting.

"The mission of Mountain State College is to provide every student with a content-rich, highly focused relevant curriculum," Sutton said. "These unique educational programs take full advantage of today's technological advancements to foster a learning environment that thrives on open communication, progressive thought and skill acquisition.

"Each program is designed to equip graduates with promotable skills required to adapt to a rapidly changing work force community."

MSC has 168 students enrolled. It is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent College and Schools.

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

The college, located at the corner of Spring and 16th streets in Parkersburg, offers courses in administrative assisting, accounting/management, computer information technology, legal office technology, medical assisting, medical transcription and dependency disorders. All programs are offered online as well as on campus.

"This enables students to stay at home and take their entire program online," Sutton said.

With seven full-time and four adjunct faculty, there is a 17-to-1 student-teacher ratio at the college which encourages one-on-one interaction.

"Being a small school, one of the nice things is that we know all of our students by name," Sutton said.

Academically, the college offers courses ranging from 15 to 27 months. All two-year programs result in an associate degree. More than 50,000 students went through the college during its years of service.

The college has always worked on continually supplying employers in the Mid-Ohio Valley with knowledgeable graduates who are ready to enter the workforce.

"We are looking to make sure our offerings are those that are needed in giving skills to our students to make sure they are employable," Sutton said.



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