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Shepherd classes at Blue Ridge begin next week

March 13, 2001

Shepherd classes at Blue Ridge begin next week



By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The first class is scheduled to start in a week as Shepherd Community and Technical College begins moving into the vacant Blue Ridge Outlet Center in downtown Martinsburg.

The first 11 students are set to study computer certification classes March 20, said Michael Day, director of the college's Information and Technology Institute.

"If all the electrical work is done, we'll be in next week," Day said.

Shepherd College President David Dunlop said the other work of moving the technical and community college operations from Shepherdstown, W.Va., to Martinsburg has begun.

"We've hired an architect to design some renovation plans," Dunlop said. "We're moving forward with the renovation."

Shepherd College received state permission to move the community and technical college operations out of Shepherdstown, centralizing them in the middle of the Eastern Panhandle.

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The bulk of the students will move over with the beginning of the fall term, which starts at the end of August.

"Everything is moving ahead as planned," said Bill Lucht, business/industry liaison for the college.

About 1,500 students will attend classes at the community and technical college this fall. That translates to about 400-500 full-time students.

The published schedule includes classes in criminal justice, business administration and information technology. Other courses being offered include sociology, psychology, career development and computers.

Some programs, such as engineering and nursing, will remain in Shepherdstown this fall.

The five-year move of the community college is expected to cost about $3.1 million.

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