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WHEELING, W.VA – West Virginia Northern Community College (WVNCC) announced today it will be opening a new Industrial Technology Center (ITC) on its Wheeling Campus in time for fall semester 2018. The ITC Building, formerly the Wesco Building, will house WVNCC’s Welding and Petroleum Technology programs, allowing the college to greatly expand both programs, meeting the needs of the region and its students. The building will be re-purposed from an electrical supply warehouse to an open college lab space with over 20,000-square feet and will include a petroleum technology lab, a welding lab, classrooms, a student lounge and more.
Currently the Welding and Petroleum Technology programs at WVNCC are confined by limited space. The renovation will more than double the amount of welding booths available to students to twenty booths, including a handicapped accessible booth. Petroleum Technology classes will now consist of an indoor and outdoor lab which more closely replicates a real world environment. The ITC Building will also include additional area inside that will provide flexible space to accommodate new programs as needs are identified by industry.
“We are extremely excited for the addition of our new Industrial Technology Center that will provide more opportunities and state-of-the-art facilities for our students,” commented WVNCC President Dr. Vicki L. Riley. “With this new facility, we are taking a proactive approach to meet employer needs and to position our students to be successful in a regional job market. This is another example of how WVNCC is committed to economic development and the communities we serve.”
WVNCC offers an Associates in Applied Science degree in their petroleum technology program as well as a Certificate of Advanced Study. The programs are designed to prepare students for employment in the natural gas drilling, gathering and field operations industry associated with development of the Marcellus and Utica Shales. The program provides a strong foundation in oil and gas exploration, production and development in the Appalachian Basin.
WVNCC Welding Technology Program teaches advanced welding skills that make students ideal candidates for employment for a wide range of industrial settings. Students in the program will weld plate and pipe in various processes in all positions to American Welding Society (AWS) standards. All technical courses in the program provide extensive hands-on experience. Students receive a broad based foundation in welding that includes Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), TIG welding and MIG welding. In addition, students will be trained in reading prints with welding symbols and will have a basic understanding of metallurgy and layout and fabrication.
Students interested in these programs can enroll starting April 10, when registration for fall semester opens. Students enrolled in these programs for the fall semester at WVNCC will be able to take classes and have labs in the new ITC Building once classes start on August 27, 2018. For more information on these programs visit www.wvncc.edu or call 304-233-5900.