The future is again uncertain for a college campus in Montgomery, Fayette County. KVC Health System has announced they will no longer be moving into WVU Tech’s former college campus.
KVC Health Systems’ original plan was to develop the nation’s first college campus for youth emerging out of foster care. Jenny Kutz who is the Vice President of Marketing and Communications said the company has been working over last 5 years to make this dream become a reality, but this week, announced they are no longer going through with the plans.
“While we hoped to launch our pilot program on the former campus of WVU Tech, we made the difficult decision to discontinue that effort. Verbal support for the project has been exceptionally high, but there is a greater need for public and private financial support to successfully launch the initiative,” Kutz said.
Kutz would not disclose details of the company’s fund raising efforts for the college but said it was a multi-million dollar project. “It’s not so much about the location of where it is, it’s more about the financial support needed to make this succeed,” Kutz said.
Kutz said the property will revert to West Virginia University where officials are looking for another tenant.
Kutz added KVC West Virginia will still have a strong presence in the state. She said the company is the largest private child placing agency in West Virginia. They recruit and train people willing to foster and/or adopt children.
People in the Montgomery community are upset over the news.
Jim Wills works as a barber in Montgomery and said the barber shop saw a decrease in customers since WVU Tech moved to Beckley.
“It dramatically affected businesses. I know that after Tech left, I can speak for the Barber Shop in general, a lot of our former students and the students that lived out of state, we’ve seen a dramatic decrease in customers,” Wills explained.