West Virginia University Institute of Technology
is a four-year college located in Montgomery, West Virginia
Montgomery is a city in West Virginia, along the Kanawha River. Most of the city is in Fayette County, with the remainder in Kanawha County. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 1,942 ....
, United States
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. It is the largest regional campus of West Virginia University
West Virginia University is a public research university in Morgantown, West Virginia, USA. Other campuses include: West Virginia University at Parkersburg in Parkersburg; West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Montgomery; Potomac State College of West Virginia University in Keyser;...
and is separately accredited from the main campus of WVU in Morgantown
Morgantown is a city in Monongalia County, West Virginia. It is the county seat of Monongalia County. Placed along the banks of the Monongahela River, Morgantown is the largest city in North-Central West Virginia, and the base of the Morgantown metropolitan area...
. As part of WVU, it is governed by the WVU Board of Trustees
Locals generally call the school WVU Tech
, West Virginia Tech
, or simply Tech
The school was founded at the sub-college level Montgomery Preparatory School
of WVU in 1895. In 1917 it was separated from WVU and renamed the West Virginia Trade School
. Next, in 1921, it reached the junior college
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level as the New River State School
. It became a four-year college as New River State College
in 1931 and was renamed the West Virginia Institute of Technology
in 1941. It began to grant degrees in engineering
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The school added a community college
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in 1966 and it began to grant the master's degree
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in engineering in 1978.
The "Old Main
Main Building, also known as "Old Main," is a historic building located on the campus of West Virginia University Institute of Technology at Montgomery, Fayette County, West Virginia. It was built in 1895-1897. In 1898 and 1905, two-story wings were attached to each side of the original unit. The...
" building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places
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In 1996 the college became a regional campus of West Virginia University. On July 1, 2007, WVU Tech became a full division of WVU. While several departments on campus report directly to WVU, oversight of all academic areas has remained on Tech's main campus.
WVU Tech was previously associated with the Community & Technical College at WVU Tech. , the two are separate institutions but share the same campus. To help differentiate the two schools, a new name of Bridgemont Community and Technical College
Bridgemont Community and Technical College is a community college serving the upper Kanawha Valley region of West Virginia, United States. It was formerly the community college of the West Virginia University Institute of Technology...
was announced for the CTC in May 2009.
The school had been beset with declining enrollments for many years. Much of this is due to the completion of good highways in the state, which have made attending WVU's main campus, traditionally the only other school to offer engineering programs, more reasonable for people in southern West Virginia.
In 2011, the state government passed the WVU Tech Revitalization Project law, in response to its declining enrollments and finacial distress.
As a condition of the law, an assessment was conducted over the summer of 2011 and a “revitalization report” was completed by October 2011.
The report recommended that WVU Tech:
- Establish a co-operative (internship) component for every academic program,
- Eliminate the costly football program.
- Establish a science-focused teacher education program.
- Select a Campus Provost who “must command the confidence of both the Montgomery and main campuses of West Virginia University, as well as having the support of the local community and the State’s higher education and civic leadership.” (p. 31)
- And that state taxpayers spend an additional five to seven million dollars in each of the next five years.
The report emphasized the importance of its recommended budgetary appropriation by concluding
“Considering the ways a revitalized WVU-Tech will support West Virginia’s ability to compete industrially and economically, the resources required in this study should be viewed as a prudent investment.” (p. 30)
Colleges and Academic Programs
WVU Tech offers a variety of baccalaureate degree programs in high-demand fields such as Engineering, Nursing, Printing Management, Business Management, Life Sciences, Computer Science, Health Services Administration and more.
Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering and Sciences
- Chemical Engineering, B.S.
- Civil Engineering, B.S.
- Computer Science, B.S.
- Computer Engineering, B.S.
- Electrical Engineering, B.S.
- Mechanical Engineering, B.S.
- Engineering Technology: Civil, Mechanical, Environmental B.S.
- Electronic Engineering Technology B.S.
- Industrial Technology B.S.
- Biology, B.S.
- Chemistry, B.S.
- Mathematics, B.S.
College of Business, Humanities and Social Studies
- Accounting, B.S.
- Athletic Coaching Education, B.S.
- Business Management, B.S.
- Career & Technical Education, B.S.
- Health Services Administration, B.S.
- History & Government, B.S.
- Industrial Relations & Human Resources, B.S.
- Interdisciplinary Studies, Engineering & Entrepreneurship, B.S.
- Interdisciplinary Studies, Graphic Design, B.A.
- Management Information Systems, B.S.
- Nursing, B.S.N.
- Psychology, B.A.
- Printing Management, B.S.
- Public Service Administration, B.S.
- Regents, B.A.
- Technology Management, B.S.
The school's athletic teams are known as the Golden Bears
. They were traditionally a member of the WVIAC, an NAIA-level league. After the WVIAC moved to the NCAA Division II, Tech withdrew to rejoin the NAIA as a member of the Mid-South Conference
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. Tech unsuccessfully applied twice to return to the NCAA and WVIAC.
On November 17, 2011, WVU tech announced it was leaving the Mid-South Conference effective June 30, 2012. It will become an NAIA-affiliated independent team and apply for admission to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association
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Football was played at West Virginia Tech since 1907. At the conclusion of the 2011 season the main West Virginia University Board of Trustees agreed with the recommendations of the revitalization committee and directed the end of the football program. The committee noted that football was "a luxury the school could no longer afford" and that "eleven percent of the entire school budget was spent on athletics. The astroturf at the football stadium, designed for replacement every seven to ten years, was over 30 years old.
- Chuck Banks
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- Squire Parsons
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- Christian music
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soloist and baritone
- Sedale Threatt
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- Calvin Wallace
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