Valley Fork Education Center

People living in Central West Virginia have an education center in Valley Fork, only 5 minutes off Interstate 79 at Exit 34, where programs are offered for the fastest growing careers in West Virginia – healthcare, energy and business technology. The facility, once the home of the Valley Fork Elementary School, opened for college students in Fall of 2008.

The Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College Education Center is located at:
4208 Wallback Road, Valley Fork WV 25285
For information call 304-766-5248 or 304 587-1191.

In partnership with CAEZ, students may take advantage of the following education services:

· Adult Basic Education (including literacy and G.E.D. programs)
Free program provided by RESA III
For information call 304-766-5135 or email ejarrett@access.k12.wv.us

· Associate Degree, Certificate and Professional Development Programs
Provided by Kanawha Valley Community & Technical College (KVCTC)
For information call Kim Sovine at 304-414-4440 or email at ksovine@kvctc.edu

· Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Certificate Program
Provided by New River Community & Technical College (NRCTC)
For information call Joyce Egnor at 304-883-2425 or email at jegnor@newriver.edu, or call 304-587-1191.

In 2007 CAEZ had been considering the vacant Valley Fork Elementary School facility as a possible entrepreneur center. “I met Dr. Ron Bartley, who was President of WV State Community & Technical College (now KVCTC), at a workshop I was attending at Brushy Fork Institute, at Berea College in Kentucky” CAEZ Executive Director Connie Lupardus recalls. “He said he wanted to bring the community college to Clay County. I knew the Valley Fork School property would be ideal for a college program and Dr. Bartley agreed.”

Ms. Lupardus met with representatives from the USDA to acquire grant funds to purchase the property. “CAEZ purchased the Valley Fork School property for $200,000 in December of 2007,” she said.

The USDA funded renovations which started in June 2008. “We spent a second $200,000 updating the facility and preparing classrooms with computers and other equipment,” said Ms. Lupardus. “It was open for classes in September 2008.”

“CAEZ has acquired an additional $200,000 in funding to renovate the basement and playground area to accommodate a daycare facility,” explained Ms. Lupardus. “We believe dependable childcare is critical for adult students and for working parents in our community. Once the facility is ready, a daycare provider will be selected, with a State of WV Daycare Director Certification.” For more information about the daycare contract call Connie Lupardus at 304-587-2034 or 800-935-3921.

The Grand Opening of Valley Fork Education Center was held on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009. Adults shown (left to right) are: WV Delegate David Walker (D-Clay), KVCTC President Dr. Joe Badgley, CAEZ Executive Director Connie Lupardus, and WV Department of Education and the Arts Cabinet Secretary Kay Goodwin. The young ladies holding the ribbon are members of the Clay County 4H volunteer team who assisted with the ribbon cutting, flag raising and other tasks at the Grand Opening event.

The Grand Opening of Valley Fork Education Center was held on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009. Adults shown (left to right) are: WV Delegate David Walker (D-Clay), KVCTC President Dr. Joe Badgley, CAEZ Executive Director Connie Lupardus, and WV Department of Education and the Arts Cabinet Secretary Kay Goodwin. The young ladies holding the ribbon are members of the Clay County 4H volunteer team who assisted with the ribbon cutting, flag raising and other tasks at the Grand Opening event.

LPN student Sabrina Holcomb checks the vitals of a Clay County 4H member at the Valley Fork Education Center Grand Opening event. "I never thought the nursing career I wanted to learn would be offered so close to home," said Ms. Holcomb. The first class of LPNs at Valley Fork in 2009 has 11 students. According to Joyce Egnor of NRCTC, the college has offered LPN training at other campuses since 2002. The NRCTC LPN Program graduates have enjoyed 100 percent employment.

LPN student Sabrina Holcomb checks the vitals of a Clay County 4H member at the Valley Fork Education Center Grand Opening event. “I never thought the nursing career I wanted to learn would be offered so close to home,” said Ms. Holcomb. The first class of LPNs at Valley Fork in 2009 has 11 students. According to Joyce Egnor of NRCTC, the college has offered LPN training at other campuses since 2002. The NRCTC LPN Program graduates have enjoyed 100 percent employment.