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College & University

Southern West Virginia Education Gateway

Area Colleges & Universities

Appalachian Bible College

Appalachian Bible College, West Virginia’s only accredited Bible College, adjacent to the Crossroads Mall in Bradley, has proudly called Raleigh County “home” for over 58 years.  Throughout these years, over two thousand servant-leaders have graduated who now serve in Christian ministry around the world.  During the past ten years ABC has dedicated Anderson Hall, a new $3.5 million chapel/music hall; occupied The Servant Center, a new 3-story student center; and finished a major renovation of Pipkin Hall, the administration and library facility. Hoops Hall, a multi-purpose dorm capable of housing up to 60 students, is the most recent addition to campus.

These years have also included accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission (North Central  Association, and the Association for Biblical Higher Education (; receiving Approved Program Status for the Elementary Education program from the West Virginia Department of Education to grant Teacher Certification; and record enrollment.

Campus is also home to Alpine Ministries, a ministry of the College comprised of Alpine Retreats, Alpine Adventures and Alpine Bible Camp. The latest addition to the ministry, Outdoor Education, teaches students about the natural world in a beautiful outdoor setting. Alpine Ministries serve about 12,000 guests annually.

(304) 877-6428 / (800) 678-9ABC /
Post Office Box ABC, Bradley, WV 25818

Bluefield State College

Bluefield State College-Beckley Center is Leading the Way for West Virginia to be a Gateway to Educational Opportunity… True to our mission, Bluefield State is proud to be: A historically black college (HBC) that celebrates diversity of all kinds. A provider of excellent educational programming in fields such as Nursing, Rad-Tech, Criminal Justice, Teacher Education, and Business Administration.  A welcoming institution for first generation and non-traditional students. Dedicated to incorporating prior earned credits into the Regents BA Degree program. Offering state-of-the-art labs for Nursing and Allied Health.

The School of Nursing and Allied Health at Bluefield State College offers Associate Degrees in Nursing and Radiologic Technology as well as the Bachelor of Science Imaging Science Sonography Concentration at the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center in Beckley, WV. The Associate Degree Nursing program, externally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), demonstrates a 95% average job placement of graduates.

The Associate Degree Radiologic Technology program, externally accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), exhibits a 100% average job placement for graduates.

Proudly serving the Beckley-Raleigh County Area for more than 30 Years, join Us at the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center as Bluefield State College celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2020.

(304) 929-5458

BridgeValley Community and Technical College

BridgeValley Community and Technical College was founded on March 20, 2014 after the consolidation of Bridgemont and Kanawha Valley Community and Technical Colleges. Existing campus locations will be maintained in Montgomery and South Charleston, along with the addition of the new Advanced Technology Center. BridgeValley awards one-year certificates and two-year associate degrees in many fields including civil, mechanical and electrical engineering technology, business and health management, nursing, dental hygiene, business technology, medical assisting, diesel technology, computer information technology, and welding.

BridgeValley is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The service region for the multi-campus consolidated institution includes Fayette, Kanawha, Clay, Putnam, Nicholas, and Raleigh counties.

When companies need customized training, BridgeValley’s industry experienced professionals can design and deliver the training matched to a business’ specific requirements. Additionally, BridgeValley can assist with funding to pay for customized contract training through a variety of funding sources focused on providing employers with a highly trained workforce and complementing the economic development efforts of the state.

One such program is the, “Learn and Earn initiative”, which allows students to take courses in technical degree programs and be employed concurrently through a cooperative education experience by a sponsoring company.

BridgeValley Community and Technical College
619 Second Avenue, Montgomery WV 25136
(304) 734-6600
(304) 205-6600

Concord University-Beckley

Concord University Beckley opened its doors in 1991 in beautiful downtown Beckley. In the fall of 2007, the Beckley campus moved its entire operation to the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center in Beaver, just off of I-64 and Airport Road. This facility, located just outside of Beckley, is equipped with the latest in instructional technology and design. This makes it possible to expand and diversify class offerings and bring video interactive classes to the Beckley area.

The Concord University Beckley campus has offered approximately 90 courses to more than 600 students per semester since the move to the Higher Education Center. Concord is housed with other public higher education institutions – which include Marshall University and Bluefield State College. The cooperative potential of this shared facility brings to the Beckley area the very best in high quality, low cost public higher education. Through partnerships with these and future institutions at the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center, growth in basic, core and graduate courses will increase in the Beckley area.

The Concord University main campus, known as the “Campus Beautiful”, was established in 1872. It is conveniently located about 40 miles south of Beckley – exit 14 via I-77. Concord University has again been selected among the top colleges in the Southeast by The Princeton Review. In the “2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region” online feature, Concord is listed as one of the 138 institutions in the “Best in the Southeast” category.

Also, Concord University has been named among the Best Regional Colleges South in the 2015 edition of US News & World Report’s Best Colleges. According to the report, Concord ranks as the number one public institution in West Virginia among Regional Colleges South and places fifth in the top five public schools in that category. The annual publication, released Sept. 9, 2014, ranks Concord University in the first tier of the Regional Colleges South category. Of the 75 institutions in this category, Concord ranks 50.  Concord has consistently placed in the top tier of Best Colleges for the past 10 years.

Continuing the tradition of providing a veteran-friendly environment for student veterans and military personnel, Concord University has been named one of the top institutions for veterans by Military Times EDGE magazine.  Concord is ranked third in the nation among four-year colleges in the Best for Vets: College 2014 rankings released by the publication.

With the expansion of degree offerings in the Beckley area, which include the addition of graduate programs and Elementary Education K-6, Concord promises a vital future for high school graduates and transitioning students from our community college partners.

Concord University

Concord University, Beckley Campus, Erma Byrd Higher Education Center
300 University Drive, Beaver WV 25813
(304) 256-0270

Concord University, Main Campus, Athens WV 
Vermillion Street, PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712-1000
Admissions E-mail:
General Inquires E-mail:

Erma Byrd Higher Education Center

The Erma Byrd Higher Education Center is the first building of its kind in the state of West Virginia. The 33,000 square foot center consist of standard classrooms, distance learning classrooms, a science lab, computer classrooms, a lecture hall, a multi-media library, and administrative office space for residential colleges and universities.  The concept behind the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center is quite similar to that of a shopping mall. When one goes to a shopping mall, that person has the convenience of driving to a single location, exploring several different store options, and identifying which store better serves his or her personal needs.

Likewise, the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center provides that same convenience of driving to a single location, exploring several different college and university degree programs, and identifying which institution will better serve one’s professional aspirations. Complete undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available through Bluefield State College, Concord University and Marshall University.  Whether you are looking to complete a degree or are simply in need of conference and meeting space, the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center is the right place for you!

Erma Byrd Higher Education Center
(304) 256-0220

New River Community and Technical College

New River Community and Technical College is a multi-campus two-year institution headquartered in Raleigh County that serves a nine county region encompassing Fayette, Greenbrier, Mercer, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Raleigh, Summers and Webster Counties. It is one of nine state-supported community and technical colleges in West Virginia.

New River CTC gives students of all ages the opportunity to earn college credits that will transfer to a four-year baccalaureate degree program, to earn technical degrees and certifications in many fields that are currently in demand, or to pursue continuing education or customized workplace training in response to changing employment trends and needs identified by employers.

New River CTC combines tradition with innovation to meet the needs of its students. Combining a talented faculty with the latest technological advances, the College employs a broad range of instructional methods including distance learning through its Interactive Video Network (IVN), webbased and web-enhanced instruction and traditional courses from campuses located in Beaver, Lewisburg, Princeton and Summersville.

Many New River CTC students are adults who take classes part time when it is most convenient for them and their families. Classes are offered in the evenings, online, and even on weekends so that students can balance the demands of work and family life.

The new Raleigh County Campus Central Administration building located at 280 University Drive in Beaver opened in January 2015. The Raleigh County Campus, which has branch locations at the Advanced Technology Center in Ghent and the Educational Center for Rehabilitation Services in uptown Beckley, offers a number of degree and certificate programs including business, criminal justice, medical assisting, legal assisting, practical nursing, health information technology, social services, technical office procedures and skills and computer science. Through a federal grant, the College has recently added programs in Occupational Therapy Assistant and Physical Therapist Assistant. A Medical Laboratory Technician program is in development. Technical training is offered in fields such as automotive technology, line service mechanic, CDL, welding and industrial technology.

The New River CTC Center for Workforce Education partners with industries to provide customized workforce training across New River’s service area and beyond.

New River Community and Technical College
Raleigh County Campus
(304) 929-6703

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College

At Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, we are dedicated above all else to student success!

For more than 20 years, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College’s Wyoming Campus has served the citizens of Wyoming and McDowell Counties with a strong mix of high quality educational programs, excellent instruction, and a variety of delivery modes for traditional and cutting-edge workforce training. The Wyoming Campus offers programs in Medical Assisting, Criminal Justice, and the Associate in Arts General Studies to help students seamlessly transfer to four-year colleges and universities.  Students may also take courses leading to a majority of degree programs offered by Southern. For more information visit or call

(304) 294-8346   

University of Charleston

Whether you are an adult student returning to college, a high school senior looking for a rewarding career, or you are interested in furthering your education through online classes, UC-Beckley can help.

With small classes and a supportive environment, UC-Beckley offers one of the best value in private higher education.

University of Charleston has been nationally recognized for its Learning Your Way curriculum, which allows students to enroll in their major sooner, and in some cases, graduate in less than four years. UC is also consistently recognized by both US News and World Report and the Princeton Review as a top regional college. This strength adds support to students in the Beckley location.

UC-Beckley offers a wide range of programs, both in class and online, including undergraduate and graduate level degrees. The University also provides many financial aid options to qualifying students.

Currently, UC-Beckley offers an Associate Degree in Nursing, and Radiologic Technology.

Bachelor Degree programs include Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Education, Occupational Therapy Assistant, and Social Work.

Graduate level programs include Executive Master of Business Administration for the working professional.

And the following online programs are also available: Accounting, Business Administration, Nursing (RN to BSN), Organizational Leadership, Psychology, and graduate level programs in Strategic Leadership and a Doctorate of Executive Leadership.

University of Charleston

UC Beckley Campus
Harper Business Park, 167 Dye Drive, Beckley, WV 25801

Valley College

Established in 1987, Valley College has served thousands of individuals by making positive changes in their lives through education and career opportunities. The Beckley Campus is located at 120 New River Town Center; Suite C and is nationally accredited by ACCSC (Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.) In 2018 Valley College was named a School of Distinction by ACCSC. There are also campuses in Martinsburg, WV and Cleveland, Ohio as well as online programs.

Valley College has a sincere mission to contribute to their community and change lives. The success of their students is proof that they are having an impact.

Valley College offers 2 on-campus programs including:
• Medical Clinical Assistant- Diploma Program
• CNA – Nursing Assistant – Certificate Program

Valley also offers 5 online programs including:
• Medical Front Office Billing and Coding – Diploma Program
• Medical Administrative Assistant – Diploma Program
• Health Services Administration – Associates and Bachelor Degree Programs
• Business Administration – Associates and Bachelor Degree Program
• Cybersecurity – Associates and Bachelor Degree Program

Placement services are provided to graduates as well as career development and professionalism courses designed to assist students with resume writing, interviewing techniques, and professionalism skills. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Beth Gardner is the Vice President of the Regulatory Affairs and is also the Acting Campus Director at the Beckley Campus. Beckley Campus 304-252-9547

Valley College Beckley Campus
(304) 252-9547
Toll Free

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