With the snip of a ribbon, West Virginia Northern Community College opened a new chapter at its Weirton campus Monday with the unveiling of its latest expansion project.
The home of the college's new mechatronics program and expanding health services courses, the expansion will most definitely be a true asset to our community, providing opportunities for our residents who look to continue their education or may be looking for training for a new job.
Mechatronics will provide up-to-date training for those looking to get into a variety of manufacturing and industrial fields, whether it be in steel or natural gas. The expanded health science areas include fully stocked laboratories for surgical technology and respiratory care students. These labs provide an intensive hands-on experience for students as they prepare for their new careers.
The project also provided opportunities for many of our local businesses, as it was designed by SMG Architects of Wheeling, including Weirton native Vic Greco, and Weirton's own Trushel Construction served as the general contractor.
In addition, according to college officials, all but one of the subcontractors were from the local area.
The new two-floor section also utilizes solar panels, providing a touch of "green" energy technology.
We congratulate everyone at West Virginia Northern Community College on the completion of this project, and know it is one more step on their continuing journey to provide new and improved educational opportunities in an ever-changing job market.
We also thank everyone who was involved in making this dream a reality, from the college officials to the architects and construction personnel to the state officials who worked to make sure the funding was available.
This is a great time for the residents of Hancock and Brooke counties, as well as our surrounding communities. We look forward to a brighter future full of promise for everyone as a result.