Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College of Institute, West Virginia, is the only state community college in the area of West Virginia’s capital City, Charleston. According to the 2008 and 2009 KVCTC Fact Book, the school offers 23 associate degree programs, 15 certificate programs, 21 collaborative degree programs and “a variety of skill-set certificates.” The school also offers special training through its Workforce and Economic Development Division.
The school is a fixture of the Charleston area. Most of the students come from Kanawha County, however some students come from further away in the state. Nearby Putnam County is the home of many students; some even come from out of state. Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College is a very affordable education provider. West Virginia University in Morgantown, the flagship state college in West Virginia, has published $5,406 as tuition and Fees for in-state student in 2010-2011. On the other hand, Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College costs only $2,680 in tuition for a full time student. This is an incredible bargain. University of Charleston, which is located nearby in the main city of Charleston, WV, and is a possible school for many locals costs for the 2010-2011 school year an astronomical $24700 in tuition according to the UC website. Tuition there at UC is nearly ten times that of the KVCTC. Attending Kanawha Valley Community College makes great business sense.
The most popular major at the Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College in 2009 was General Education, which leads to either Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degrees. The 2010-2011 KVCTC catalog says that the General Education A.A. degree “provides the first two years of general study to students who plan to transfer to a baccalaureate program and work toward a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.” The catalog also suggests that students who have attained the Associate’s Degree can transfer into four-year degree programs at other schools in Art, Psychology, Sociology, English, Education, History or Political Science.
The General Education Associate in Science Degree is analogous to the A.A. in General Education, although it focuses on specialization, including Education, Graphic Arts, Industrial Technology, Pre-Engineering, Physical Education, Pre-Nursing, Recreation, Security, Social Services and others. According to the catalog, students majoring in this degree “may transfer into a WVSU [West Virginia State University] or another university’s four-year degree program in Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Communications, Criminal Justice, Education, Mathematics, Recreation, Social Work and others.”
Both General Education programs are great choices for students new to the college experience who are not sure exactly what path they want to take. These degrees can immediately raise qualifications for employment as well. The degrees should to some extent, depending on the classes taken, transfer to a program for the bachelor’s degree. Often they will knock out the core requirements for all four-year degrees. Sometimes all the credits taken at the community college may transfer, saving the student considerable amounts of tuition money and time. The Associate’s degree might be a full half of a bachelor’s degree. The KVCTC has had a very close relationship with West Virginia State University and at the present shares the same campus. KVCTC started as a part of the larger college. A two-year degree at KVCTC very easily can lead to a higher degree at WVSU.
Highly specialized technical degrees, like the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Power Plant Technology, are also offered at the school. Degrees like that one or the locally well-known Nursing A.A.S. degree are great choices for students interested in immediate career advancement. These degrees can also help students get high-tech jobs at places like the CAMC hospitals, the John Amos Power Plant, and at countless industries spread throughout the Charleston Area and the I-64 corridor.