221 George Street, Suite 2
Beckley, WV 25801
Accrediting Agency:North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
New River Community and Technical College was founded in 2003, making it West Virginia’s newest accredited institution of higher education. It serves students in southeastern West Virginia at five campuses. Its main campus is located in Beckley, and its other locations are in Greenbrier Valley, Mercer County, and Nicolas County, as well as an Advanced Technology Center in Ghent, W.Va. New River also reaches students through its online division, ed2Go, which provides career training programs. Many of its degrees prepare for professional success after graduation, while others are designed to transfer to four-year baccalaureate programs at other state-supported institutions
Students can choose from a variety of associate degrees in the fine arts, sciences, applied sciences, and technical areas, as well as advanced skill set certificates and technical studies certificates. Areas of study include allied health, business, cosmetology, computer science, hospitality and tourism management, and public administration. Students can update their skills or start a new career at their own pace through its Center for Workforce Education’s online courses. Sessions start monthly and are offered in a six-week format.
New River Community and Technical College has been regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 2005.
New River Community and Technical College has an open admissions policy, so students can apply and be considered for acceptance throughout the year. Students can send in their application online, email it, or mail it to their respective campus where they intend to take most of their classes. Online students who live out of state must submit their application to the main campus, while online students who plan to attend campus to work with Student Services offices must select that particular campus. Students must also submit an official high school transcript and ACT, SAT, Accuplacer, or Compass scores. The school notes that while placement testing is an admission requirement, results will not determine admission to the college. Rather, they are used for counseling, evaluation, and placement.