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UC-Beckley puts down roots at new campus

Register-Herald photo by Rick Barbero Ellen King, associate professor of nursing at University of Charleston-Beckley shows off a mannequin in the Simulation Lab at the school’s new location on Dye Drive in the Harper Business Park. The school held an open house Tuesday to acquaint visitors with its new home.
Register-Herald photo by Rick Barbero
Ellen King, associate professor of nursing at University of Charleston-Beckley shows off a mannequin in the Simulation Lab at the school’s new location on Dye Drive in the Harper Business Park. The school held an open house Tuesday to acquaint visitors with its new home.

BECKLEY, W.Va. — The University of Charleston is putting down roots at a new Beckley campus, and university officials offered public tours of the Harper Park facilities during a special open house celebration Tuesday.

Comprised of two buildings on Dye Drive, the new campus is the first UC – Beckley presence that doesn’t have a physical tie to Mountain State University.

 “We’re positioned to do well,” said UC-Beckley President Dr. Jerry Forster at the open house celebration. “We hope to serve the community for many, many years to come.”

Forster reminded his audience that the University of Charleston, formerly Morris Harvey College, entered Raleigh County in 2012 under an agreement to perform a “teach-out” for around 400 Mountain State University students, after the Higher Learning Commission withdrew accreditation of MSU.

The UC-Beckley program was first established on the former MSU campus on South Kanawha Street.

“That’s where we started,” Forster said. “That’s where UC began its teach-out for 400 students who did not have a clear path to graduation…

 

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