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WVU Parkersburg, Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College form partnership

PARKERSBURG — Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College and West Virginia University at Parkersburg have entered a partnership where Eastern students can turn their associate of science degrees into bachelors of arts in elementary education at WVU Parkersburg beginning in the fall.

The partnership recognizes the schools’ commitment to expanding educational opportunities in the state.

“Eastern is thrilled to reunite with WVU Parkersburg for a 2+2 partnership in Elementary Education,” Eastern President Chuck Terrell said. “This is an accessible and affordable pathway for students and a greatly needed partnership to provide quality educators for West Virginia.”

The state is experiencing significant teacher storages and ranks near last in the number of residents holding at least a bachelor’s. Eastern and WVU Parkersburg’s agreement will help meet the state’s economic needs and ensure an educated and prepared workforce.

“This collaboration with our CTC colleagues at Eastern provides an incredible opportunity for West Virginia students from across the state to pursue the teaching profession without going far from home,” Chad Crumbaker, WVU Parkersburg provost, said. “We are happy to be again partnering with Eastern for the B.A. and hope to provide additional similar opportunities for our students.”

To be eligible for the program, Eastern students must complete an associate’s with a concentration in elementary education. Concentration and bachelor’s courses will be offered through WVU Parkersburg on Eastern’s campus through Zoom, Live, Blackboard, hybrid or web.

All field placements, including student teaching, will be completed in Eastern’s service area and supervised by Sherry Michael, Eastern education programs coordinator.

“I am very excited to be a part of the WVUP and Eastern 2+2 agreement in Elementary Education, and I look forward to working with everyone involved in the program,” Michael said. “With the local need of teachers in our surrounding areas, I know this will be a great opportunity for our colleges and local communities.”

Students who qualify for financial aid will receive aid at Eastern for the first two years. Upon graduation from Eastern and acceptance into WVU Parkersburg’s elementary education program, students must re-apply for financial aid at WVU Parkersburg.

“I’m so excited to be working with the Eastern community again. My last experience working with students from this area was outstanding,” said David Lancaster, WVU Parkersburg Education Division chairperson. “We can change our students’ lives, and the lives of the children of West Virginia; what an opportunity.”

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