The Times West Virginian

March 20, 2013

Student ‘one-stop’ possible addition

Pierpont’s North Advanced Technology Center update reflects a preliminary draft

By Kaylyn Christopher
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — At a board of governors meeting on Tuesday, Pierpont Community & Technical College President Dr. Doreen Larson provided an update on the institution’s North Advanced Technology Center.

According to Larson, potential changes to the design of the building include the addition of a student “one-stop.”

Students will have access to services such as advising, admissions, student recruitment, financial aid and more in one convenient location.

In addition, Larson said that depending on the budget, a partial third floor of the facility would include an area dedicated to members of the student government. The third floor will also house members of the institution’s administration. Larson said she believes this potential addition would add to the college’s identity and encourage student involvement.

“It’s always been my dream to have the student government offices on the same level as the high-level administration of the college,” Larson said. “In this Pierpont only facility, those students will really understand what they can do and that they have a chance. The whole rationale for adding this to the building is because students don’t have a place to call their own.” 

Larson said that the update is a reflection of a preliminary draft and that final details regarding the budget for the entire project are being awaited.

Also at the meeting, Paul Schreffler, vice president for workforce and economic development, updated the board on the planning of the Petroleum Technology program.


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