Pierpont plans exit from Fairmont State property

FAIRMONT, W. Va. – The Pierpont Community & Technical College Board of Governors continues to discuss plans to move campus programs to Fairmont State University by June.

The Veterinary Technology, Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Development and Aircraft Maintenance programs are set to leave campus.

Amy Cunningham (file photo)

Amy Cunningham, the facility’s health information technology coordinator, said faculty are already downsizing desks and preparing to begin the move at the end of the spring semester in May.

“The main thing we’re going to use is the Caperton Center,” she said. “Our faculty can be located within the Teaching and Learning Commons area of ​​the Caperton Center, so it will have easy access to its students.”

The institution last year signed a $2.5 million memorandum of understanding with Fairmont State University to initiate the separation. The Pierpont Community & Technical College also has $2 million in capital funds to help build new facilities for the veterinary technology and culinary arts programs.

Discussions are underway for the veterinary technology program to share space with a local human association.

“Any move from Locust Avenue to property owned by Pierpont can be done at no cost to us,” said the School of Human Services’ acting dean David Beighley. “All we do is move our equipment and supplies from place to place.”

Board Chairman David Hinkle formed a committee to propose future locations for the aircraft maintenance program.

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