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Wise to visit Shepherdstown today

January 16, 2001

Wise to visit Shepherdstown today



By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg


SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise today will make his first trip to the Eastern Panhandle since his inauguration in Charleston Monday.

Wise will meet with reporters this afternoon at Shepherd College, part of a swing around the state that Wise is making now that he has taken office. Wise's schedule also includes stops in Wheeling, Beckley and Clarksburg.

"He'll be meeting with the general public, local leaders and members of the media," a spokeswoman for his office said.

Among the specific items he will discuss will be the Promise Scholarship program, which is intended to make college aid available for more students.

He has no meetings scheduled with college officials and the visit apparently has nothing to do with the college's plan to move many of its technical and community college functions and classes to the vacant Blue Ridge Outlet Center in downtown Martinsburg.

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College officials said last month they might be able to start work on shifting the college to the center as early as this week.

Almost all the signatures required on the lease of the building have been signed, said Hannah Geffert, dean of instruction for the technical and community college.

"We were just waiting on the state administrative lease officials and that may have been done already," Geffert said. The plan now is to get the building ready for occupancy by college administrators this spring, Geffert said.

"We should have classes going by this summer," Geffert said.

Not all of the classes will move to the new facility. Some programs, like nursing, are tied closely to the four-year curriculum at the main campus in Shepherdstown and will remain there, she said.

A major money piece fell into place last week with the unanimous vote by the Martinsburg City Council to contribute the first $92,000 they had pledged to help bring the college downtown.

The college plans to phase in the move over three years.

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