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New River CTC president and staff meet with congressional delegation in Washington, D.C.

New River Community and Technical College President Dr. Bonny Copenhaver met with Senator Joe Manchin, Senator Shelley Moore Capito, and Representative Carol Miller in Washington, D.C. last week. Executive Director of Institutional Advancement and the College Foundation Michael Green and Campus Director and Community Outreach Robby Queen also attended.

“Accessibility to education and training is essential to the future of West Virginia,” explained Copenhaver. “New River CTC is working to establish new programs to meet the demand for qualified employees, and we want to ensure that our delegation in Washington understands the role New River CTC plays in the communities we serve; the need for reliable, accessible broadband in our region; and express our appreciation for funding through the COVID-19 economic relief funds.”

New River CTC launched a new LPN to RN Bridge program earlier this year, and the college is developing an Aircraft Maintenance Technician School in partnership with the Raleigh County Memorial Airport and the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority. Additional program offerings in development include certified nursing assistant (CNA), heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), commercial driver’s license (CDL) and a surgical technician program.

“We greatly appreciate the time Senators Manchin and Capito and Representative Miller took to meet with us. We look forward to continuing to work with them to showcase the great things happening at New River CTC,” Copenhaver added.

Fall classes at New River CTC will begin August 16, with the college offering in-person classes on-campus, online and web enhanced face-to-face classes using Zoom video conferencing.

Top left: New River CTC Campus Director and Community Outreach Robby Queen, College President Dr. Bonny Copenhaver, Representative Carol Miller and New River CTC Executive Director of Institutional Advancement and the College Foundation Michael Green.

Top right: New River CTC staff Campus Director and Community Outreach Robby Queen, College President Dr. Bonny Copenhaver, Senator Shelley Moore Capito and New River CTC Executive Director of Institutional Advancement and the College Foundation Michael Green.

Bottom right: New River CTC Executive Director of Institutional Advancement and the College Foundation Michael Green, College President Dr. Bonny Copenhaver, Senator Joe Manchin, and New River CTC Campus Director and Community Outreach Robby Queen.