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James Rumsey Technical Institute gets preaccreditation status

August 23, 2013

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. — The Commission of the Council on Occupational Education has awarded candidate for accreditation status to James Rumsey Technical Institute near Hedgesville. 

Commission Chairman Gregory Garrett announced the award following an executive committee meeting held June 28-29 in New York.

Candidate for accreditation is a preaccreditation status granted to an institution actively seeking accreditation by the commission.

Candidate institutions must complete a self-study based on the standards, criteria and conditions of the commission, and host a visiting team before it is reviewed for initial accreditation.

The council, based in Atlanta, offers quality assurance services to post-secondary workforce education providers across the nation.

Organized as a nonprofit corporation, the mission of the council is to assure quality and integrity in career and technical education.

Services offered include institutional accreditation (recognized by the U.S. Department of Education), program quality reviews for states and workforce education providers, and informational services.

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Qualified professional volunteers who are experts in workforce education carry out most of the council’s work.

Institutional membership in the council is voluntary, but can be achieved by becoming accredited.

Council members include postsecondary public technical colleges, specialized military and national defense institutions, Job Corps centers, private career institutions, nonprofit workforce education providers, corporate and industry education units, and federal agency institutions.

The council has more than 400 institutions.

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