Founded in 1974 to serve the citizens of Fairmont, as well as those in other cities and towns throughout north central West Virginia, Pierpont Community and Technical College provides its students with the opportunity to earn an associate degree in more than 50 different subjects. A community called engage with the surrounding areas, the school also offers special community education opportunities through special classes and training sessions for those non-degree seeking individuals from the surrounding communities. A crucial element of this program is the Center for Workforce Education.
More than simply a place to earn an associate’s degree, Pierpont Community and Technical College offers its over 2,600 students unique, university-caliber classes with a more intimate classroom setting. In addition to a number of traditional courses, the school is well-known in West Virginia for its Robert C. Byrd National Aerospace Education Center, with various programs in both maintenance of aircrafts as well as actual flight.
Many of the educational programs at Pierpont Community and Technical College focus more on learning actual skills that can immediately be applied to the workforce, such as the Veterinary Technology Program and the Apprentice Underground Miner program. Other popular programs include those through the School of Human Services, which offers such diverse courses of study as Homeland Security and Folklife Studies. The School of Health Careers offers training in a number of health-related fields, such as Medical Laboratory Technology, Respiratory Therapy, and Health Information Technology.
A number of various one-year certificates can be earned at Pierpont Community and Technical College, including an EMS Technician Paramedic Certificate and a Folk Arts and Crafts Apprenticeship.
Originally founded as a part of Fairmont State College, Pierpont Community and Technical College is now its own separate educational institution, though the two schools do share the main campus. Classes are also offered in Bridgeport, Clarksburg, Buckhannon, Elkins, Fairmont, Flatwoods, Kingwood, Grafton, Morgantown, Weston, West Union, and Philippi.
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Aspiring Pierpont Community and Technical College students who are applying to school for the first time simply need their official high school transcript, ACT or SAT test results, or an appropriate GED, in the case of home-schooling or in the instance that one does not have a high school diploma, as well as their official application. Transfer students need an additional College Transcript, as well as a Statement of Activities. For those non-degree seeking students, all that is needed is an application for admission.
Pierpont Community and Technical College runs on a semester system, with most new students applying to start their academic career in the fall. In addition to serving older returning students as well as first-time freshmen, it is possible for high school students to take courses at the university, so long as the interested student can present a recommendation letter from the high school principal and a completed application. High school students must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 and also have already completed junior year of high school.
Students applying to Pierpont Community and Technical College are eligible for a number of different need and merit-based scholarships from the school. A number of different state committees and foundations work with the school to provide annual scholarship funds, and the school’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships is happy to make appointments to discuss options with prospective and incoming students, and to inform them of scholarships for which they are eligible.
More than 80 percent of students at Pierpont Community and Technical College receive some form of financial aid or scholarship, making attending the school reasonable in price. The school’s financial aid office is open weekdays, with counselors available for scheduling appointments and discussing options.
Students at Pierpont Community and Technical College are rather diverse, with many young freshmen as well as those older students who have decided to head back to school to pursue a new career or specialized area of study. Additionally, the continuing education classes that Pierpont Community and Technical College bring in students who aren’t seeking degrees, but rather, are interested in expanding their own knowledge and skills.
While many students at Pierpont Community and Technical College commute to classes, it is possible to find housing in the dorms at Fairmont State University. However, a vast majority of those working on their two-year associate’s degrees are studying at home in their own city, and campus housing is not necessary.
In addition to a number of sororities and fraternities, Pierpont Community and Technical College is host to a diverse cross-section of clubs, club sports, and honor societies,. Whether it’s an interest in exploring the great outdoors with the Outdoor Adventure Club or getting in touch with your creative side at Fashion Club, there’s an on-campus organization for every area of interest.
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Since Pierpont Community and Technical College offers classes in a number of cities throughout West Virginia, it makes an effort to be involved in the local communities. One of the best ways that the school interacts with non-students is by offering a comprehensive Continuing Education program, as well as specialized Workforce Skills Classes that are open to those who are more interested in up-to-date knowledge than an associate’s degree.
In addition to those classes held in traditional settings, Pierpont offers a number of online training programs, as well as personal enrichment classes. The school also serves as a test center for a number of different important annual exams, including the ACT, CLEP, TEAS, and PAN Proctor.
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