West Virginia Northern Community College

Workforce Development

Occupational Development Degree Program

West Virginia Northern recognizes training from approved U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Apprenticeship Training (BAT) programs towards an associate degree.  Required courses of study for eligible programs are determined by agreements between the College and the apprenticeship program.  Individuals must be enrolled in or have completed the approved apprenticeship program in order to be eligible to enroll in this program.

Those BAT apprenticeship programs which are currently available for the occupational development program are:

  • Building & Construction Trades with the Upper Ohio Valley Building and Construction Trades Council AFL-CIO
  • Child Development Specialist with Northern Panhandle Apprenticeship Council
  • Firefighters with Wheeling Fire Department Joint Apprenticeship Committee
  • Plumbers and Steamfitters with Wheeling Plumbers and Steamfitters Joint Apprenticeship Committee

There are four components of the program.   General education courses are offered by the College.  Technical core courses and technical specialty courses are included within classroom instruction which is part of the apprenticeship program and may be supplemented by college courses in some cases.  On-the-job training which is part of the apprenticeship program is awarded credit under agreements negotiated by the partners. 

Please contact the Vice President, Economic & Workforce Development or call your local campus  (Wheeling 233-5900, Weirton 723-2210, New Martinsville 455-4684) and dial extension 8967.

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