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October 16, 2013

Pierpont appreciates Monongalia partnership

MRDC donates land for outdoor laboratory that’s able to support a simulated drilling rig

MORGANTOWN — The Pierpont Community & Technical College Board of Governors met Tuesday at the new Pierpont Center at MTEC (Monongalia County Technical Education Center).

“It is such a pleasure to hold our meeting here at the new Pierpont Center at MTEC,” Pierpont President Dr. Doreen Larson said. “I know that the students and faculty utilizing the new building are happy ,and we look forward to continuing and expanding our partnerships with the Monongalia County Board of Education.” 

At the meeting, Larson recognized the Marion Regional Development Corporation for its recent donation of land in the Marion Regional Business Park to Pierpont.

When Pierpont launched its Petroleum Technology Program, the institution was in need of space for an outdoor laboratory that would support a simulated drilling rig.

The MRDC stepped up to the plate by donating 21 acres of land to fulfill that need for Pierpont.

“We not only thank them for the donation, but for coming up with that land in a very quick and timely fashion,” Larson said.

 Nick Fantasia, who represented the MRDC, was also present at the meeting.

“Our organization is always very happy to be able to cooperate when we can,” Fantasia said. “Our mission, like yours, is to make our community a better place, and helping out this program was certainly one aspect that was easy for us to help out. We are glad to make the donation.”

Board members formally accepted the donated acreage at the meeting.

Also at the meeting, the board approved the $397,000 in the fiscal year 2014 Capital Project budgets for campus-wide small projects, academic funds and landscaping.

The Pierpont and Fairmont State University finance committees held a joint meeting during which they agreed on the use of the funds.

“Those are basic things that we both can agree that the dollars should be spent on,” Dale Bradley, CFO, said.

In other business: 

• The construction phase of the North Advanced Technology Center officially began on Monday.

• Larson told the board that the Pierpont Emergency Medical Services program received a positive initial accreditation review.

“The site team noted that the Pierpont program sets the standards and takes the lead in program development and implementation not only in our service region, but throughout the state,” Larson said.

• Larson said that there are approximately 180 people registered for the West Virginia Community College Association and West Virginia Association for Developmental Education conference to be held Oct. 23 through Oct. 25 at the Bridgeport Conference Center in Bridgeport.

Email Kaylyn Christopher at kchristopher@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @KChristopherTWV.

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