New River excited about expanding opportunities - Beckley, Bluefield & Lewisburg News, Weather, Sports

New River excited about expanding opportunities

Posted: Updated:
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Organizers prepare for the 24th annual Chili Night in Uptown Beckley

    Organizers prepare for the 24th annual Chili Night in Uptown Beckley

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:34 PM EDT2014-09-02 23:34:46 GMT
    The 24th annual Chili Night in Uptown Beckley is quickly approaching. It's a time for local eateries to cook up their best batch of the hearty meal. The competition involves more than 40 participants, three stages of entertainment, vendors, ride and slide activities for kids and more.
    The 24th annual Chili Night in Uptown Beckley is quickly approaching. It's a time for local eateries to cook up their best batch of the hearty meal. The competition involves more than 40 participants, three stages of entertainment, vendors, ride and slide activities for kids and more.
  • Is the iCloud secure? After a celebrity leak, What You can do to Make sure your Information is Safe

    Is the iCloud secure? After a celebrity leak, What You can do to Make sure your Information is Safe

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:33 PM EDT2014-09-02 23:33:47 GMT
    We wanted to know just what you can do to make sure your information isn't leaked. Although there's many benefits to "cloud" services, authorities now caution against keeping your private information online.
    We wanted to know just what you can do to make sure your information isn't leaked. Although there's many benefits to "cloud" services, authorities now caution against keeping your private information online.
  • Soon all police will be wearing body cameras

    Soon all police will be wearing body cameras

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 6:37 PM EDT2014-09-02 22:37:42 GMT
    A nationwide debate is taking place after an unarmed black teenager was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri .Ferguson cops were given body cameras by two companies after allegations have been made against protesters, who are outraged by the shooting.Soon police around the country could be wearing body cameras.
    A nationwide debate is taking place after an unarmed black teenager was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri .Ferguson cops were given body cameras by two companies after allegations have been made against protesters, who are outraged by the shooting.Soon police around the country could be wearing body cameras.
  • EducationMore>>

  • Sandra Stotsky: Common Core gets things backward

    Sandra Stotsky: Common Core gets things backward

    Sunday, August 31 2014 9:00 AM EDT2014-08-31 13:00:19 GMT
    Photo courtesy of Tyler MaxwellPhoto courtesy of Tyler Maxwell
    In a crowded room at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel in Bridgeport Aug. 24, members of the Legislature, parents, teachers, school board members and concerned citizens gathered for an open Common Core curriculum town hall forum, featuring Sandra Stotsky.
    In a crowded room at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel in Bridgeport Aug. 24, members of the Legislature, parents, teachers, school board members and concerned citizens gathered for an open Common Core curriculum town hall forum, featuring Sandra Stotsky.
  • Professor of psychology at Glenville State College takes teaching to the seas

    Professor of psychology at Glenville State College takes teaching to the seas

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 3:34 PM EDT2014-08-27 19:34:28 GMT
    When most people envision a college professor in action, the traditional image of people convened in a room in ideally rapt attention more often than not comes to mind.
    When most people envision a college professor in action, the traditional image of people convened in a room in ideally rapt attention more often than not comes to mind.
  • Valley College scheduled to hold graduation ceremony Sept. 12

    Valley College scheduled to hold graduation ceremony Sept. 12

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:54 AM EDT2014-08-26 13:54:04 GMT
    On Friday, September 12, Valley College will hold a graduation ceremony at Cornerstone Family Church in Princeton.
    On Friday, September 12, Valley College will hold a graduation ceremony at Cornerstone Family Church in Princeton.

When it comes to New River Community and Technical College's new project in Nicholas County, President Marshall Washington said he is "excited and delighted to move forward." 

The project is in partnership with the Nicholas County Building Commission. Not only will it benefit the school itself, but also the potential increase in student enrollment.

A recent statement from retired Certified Public Accountant Kenneth Culp about the school's 5 to 14 percent graduation rate doesn't include some particular students, Washington said.

Some students complete two years and then head to a four-year college or university, Washington said, and some students are not included in Culp's previously stated 2,300-student graduation rate because they end up doing different things.

The new facility in Nicholas County will be entering into a lease agreement with the Nicholas County Building Commission, once approval is obtained by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

The state has allocated about $300,000 per year to be used for lease payments for the facility, in addition to the $100,000 New River has to use. 

The new building covers approximately 48,000-square feet and will have 15 classrooms, two computer labs, faculty offices and student space.

Despite Culp's assessment that student aid at the school should be distributed differently, when it comes to tuition, Washington said after tuition and fees are paid for each student, money is then refunded back to the students in accordance with federal guidelines. 

"Student financial aid is not given directly to students," Washington said. "Obligations have to be met through fees and tuition. 

"Refunds are given back to students after requirements are met."

The 2014 numbers derived from the school's feasibility study are projected estimates. The fiscal year for 2014 ends on June 30.

When it comes to numbers, Washington said it is important to look at the net position of a college. In 2012, Washington said that number was $18.8 million and was $20.8 million in 2013.