MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A room described as once being in worse condition than a basement now houses a new nursing and EMS skills laboratory for Blue Ridge Community and Technical College that school officials and elected leaders "opened" Monday morning.
In a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by a number of area lawmakers, students and school leaders, college president Peter G. Checkovich said the lab was an "essential" part of the effort to keep the school's nursing program accredited.
College officials Monday also announced the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission had voted to accredit the school through 2012.
The school at 400 W. Stephen St. offers an associate degree in nursing, along with more than 40 other degree and certificate programs. About 2,200 students are enrolled at Blue Ridge, officials said.
"We need a lot of friends to accomplish our mission..." Checkovich said before thanking Sen. Walt Hemlock, D-W.Va., state community and technical college leader James Skidmore and private support from City Hospital and Valley Regional Enterprises.