College classes underway in Beckley

Local - 8/26/2014 5:20 PM by Stuart Hammer

BECKLEY – Elementary, middle, and high schools are all back in session across Southern West Virginia, and that leaves only leaves one group of kids.

UC-Beckley is into its first week of classes and students are excited about the new year. Despite the uncertain future of the campus with Mountain State University, officials say they're looking forward to another successful year.

Freshmen, like Jacob Kemlock who commutes from Oak Hill, are heading to their first college classes and they say the professors and staff have all been welcoming and helpful as they get adjusted to college life.

He says what’s so great about UC-Beckley is the freedom of class choices, “You don't always have to take classes that only have to do with your major - you just take the classes that you need.”

Kemlock adds that campus life is a lot of fun, “Everyone is real friendly, it's a small campus, easy to walk to classes, it's close to home. So it just makes it easy for me.”

The MSU settlement could affect the UC-Beckley campus during the summer of 2015, but the current school year will go on as planned. The students we spoke to say they aren't concerned about the future of the university.


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