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Valley College Aligns with The Pacific Institute

- 10/10/2017

Valley College Aligns with The Pacific Institute

Students will now gain additional Core Competency Skills to help them gain additional EQ skills to complement the Competency Based Skills they are currently learning at Valley College.

This month, in coordination with their 30-year anniversary, Valley College has announced that it has begun to work with The Pacific Institute in an effort to provide their students with a host of additional core competency based professional skills that meet the complex needs of today’s employers. This new supplemental educational curriculum enables Valley to provide a holistic education that accounts for technical competency skills and further, enables students to improve their Emotional Intelligence “EQ”.

Based on this new affiliation with The Pacific Institute, Valley College has enhanced the capabilities of their Ground based Medical educational programs. As a result, Valley now has the ability to provide their students with supplemental skills. These skills will give Valley’s students an opportunity to create a constructive mind-set that will ultimately enable them to critically think through a variety of situations, solve problems, and bring value to those that they support in the medical field.

Student Success Strategies and Valley’s selection of The Pacific Institute
The Pacific Institute curriculum is built on a foundation that is predicated on teaching students to develop effective critical thinking skills necessary to achieve personal, professional and organizational success. The selection of The Pacific Institute and their Student Success Strategies was made after an exhaustive search, predicated on a Retention Study that was conducted by Valley’s Vice-President of Education, Dr. Richard Lombardo, Ph.D., on both Ground and Online student Retention and Placement trends. As a result, of this study, Dr. Lombardo, in conjunction with the team at The Pacific Institute has, synthesized this content into Valley College’s medical curriculum. Dr. Joe Pace, the CEO of The Pacific Institute’s Education Initiative helped usher in this new educational resource to Valley staff and states that “The faculty and staff training at Valley College was one of the best installations of our curriculum that I have seen in recent years.  It was my pleasure to work with such caring and dedicated professionals”.

The Differentiating Factor of Valley College
Many Career Colleges focus predominately on the technical competencies of the student. Where Valley subscribes to this theory, they also see the need to ensure that their students are not only gaining the necessary technical competencies to work in their chosen field, but also the professional core competencies required in today’s marketplace.

As a result, Valley College, in conjunction with feedback from employers in their local markets, has found a way to bring another level of education to their students. This additional level of education will enable students to learn how to interact on a much more positive and productive level with various members of their team along with patients, clients, and other key external stakeholders of the organization that they join.

Students will learn to communicate, listen, and pro-actively develop solutions to problems that they will face in the field each and every day with their co-workers and those that they serve and support. Unlike traditional approaches to technical based education, Valley has created a way to ensure that their students can make the transition from student to graduate to valued employee with a well-balanced education.

Dr. Lombardo expands on this point by stating that “in today’s market, our graduates must have not only all of the necessary technical competencies that we go great lengths to teach in our classrooms and labs, but, they must also possess strong interpersonal skills along with the ability to communicate to a wide array of individuals in a positive and constructive manner”. Dr. Lombardo goes on to state that “our students must possess the ability to critically think through an array of situations and ultimately, help their team solve problems”. This approach, according to Dr. Lombardo will “provide our students with the combination of technical and core competency skills that will enable our students to bring a tremendous amount of value to those they support and serve on a daily basis”.

Learn more about us and how we can help your Organization!
For more information on Valley College, their educational programs, and the opportunities that exist to work with their qualified graduates, please contact Beth Gardner, Vice-President @ 304-252-9547. You can also visit Valley College at, or, one of their campuses located in Martinsburg, Beckley, and Princeton, WV.