A new chapter with a bright future. “The transition so far has been pretty good, we are very pleased with where we are” said, Dean and Professor of WVU Tech. College, Zeljko Torbica. The returning students agree as well. “I think already the transition is kind of evident, as you can see the campus is more open in the city and we have these poles with WVU, I felt like in Montgomery we were kind of hidden” said, Sophomore student, Veronica Nobles.
In just less than a week, all students at WVU Tech. will begin fall semester, with not only new classes but in a new location as well, Beckley, West Virginia. Several of those students say, they already have noticed Beckley has a wide variety of opportunities to offer students compared to Montgomery, where the campus originally was located. Junior, Brittan McClain told WOAY, “I think it is going to be really good for the campus, because there is just a lot more to do here then there was in Montgomery. There is a lot more activities for the students, a lot more community involvement.” And for first year students, their transition from high school is going smoothly so far. Freshman, Cheyenne Banton said, “It’s a friendly environment, they just make everything seem like it’s not that stressful and they help you out as much as possible.” While another Freshman, Dawson Vincent added, “I’ve been here for a week or so for cross county, I’ve been here for cross country camp, I’m excited for that. The transition from high school to college is awesome, and I’m just excited to see how it plays out.”
Right now, the College has roughly 1,300 enrolled students and they expect the enrollment to increase because of the new location. And they are also hoping to make the College more of a Residential campus instead of a Commuter campus. Freshman students will be moving in this weekend, while returning students will move in Monday and Tuesday, following classes that begin Wednesday, August 16th.