West Virginia University at Parkersburg is a community and technical college offering a blend of certificate and associate programs as well as select bachelor's degrees. Approximately 4,300 students attend WVU Parkersburg which is an affiliated institution with West Virginia University. WVU Parkersburg is the largest community college in West Virginia. It is one of 27 public institutions in the United States classified as a Baccalaureate/Associate's College by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Mission: West Virginia University at Parkersburg provides accessible, life-changing educational opportunities in a safe and supportive environment.
Philosophy: The faculty, staff and administration of West Virginia University at Parkersburg individually and collectively hold the responsibility of providing educational and cultural opportunities in the college’s service community.
- The college has more than 40 programs of study – from certificates to bachelor’s degrees. Programs include welding, surgical technology, business administration, elementary education, criminal justice, 3-D modeling and more.
- WVU Parkersburg has developed career ladders to ensure that students can move easily from one degree level to another. Competencies are gained at every successive step in the ladder to prepare students for more demanding and higher paying occupations.
- WVU Parkersburg is the only state community college in West Virginia accredited to offer baccalaureate degrees. It is one of only 34 public institutions in the country classified as a Baccalaureate/Associate’s College.
- In 2008, WVU Parkersburg acquired a 32,000-square-foot building in downtown Parkersburg and is currently renovating the facility that will serve as a catalyst for economic development programming and entrepreneurship activities.
- The college will open a new Applied Technology Center and Child Development Center on its main campus in fall 2012.
- In Spring 2013, WVU Parkersburg began accepting students to its new diversified agriculture and culinary arts programs. In addition to these, the college also began offering its child development and criminal justice programs online.
- There are multiple opportunities for students to get involved, interact with faculty, staff and peers, and enhance their credentials. They can participate in a wide variety of clubs and organizations such as Phi Theta Kappa honor society, speech and debate, student veterans, athletics and more.