Community News & Events:
Fifty area students from Grant, Hardy and Pendleton Counties earned their GED high school equivalency diploma this past year, and a formal graduation ceremony this month in Petersburg honored their achievement. Except for six home-schoolers, all of the graduates earned their diplomas through the tri-county Adult Basic Education (A.B.E.) program administered by Eastern WV Community and Technical College, which hosted the event at its Technology Center in the Grant County Industrial Park near the airport.
The co-owners of a regional machine and tool company, both Hampshire County residents, presented a custom-carved medallion to Eastern WV Community and Technical College for use with its ceremonial mace. College representatives carry the mace — now boasting the medallion with Eastern’s distinctive logo — to symbolize “Scholarship” at the head of Commencement processionals and on other special occasions.
“Bootcamp will run Monday-Friday, July 8 - 19, and Monday and Tuesday, July 29 and 30, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm,” said Vera Shockey, who teaches and coordinates Hardy County Adult Basic Education at Eastern WV Community and Technical College, and serves as Boot Camp ‘Sergeant’.
“The classes are free to anyone who wants or needs the review.” For more information, or to register, call Shockey, or Eastern’s Workforce Education department at 304-434-8000, or toll-free: 877-982-2322.
The Region 8 Planning and Development Council is asking everybody within its five-county district to assist in assessing the current use, and planning the future development, of broadband resources in our five-county region. “Broadband is typically defined as a service that enables high-speed Internet access as opposed to low speed services such as dial-up,” according to the Council’s website.
Delighting a near-capacity crowd at the Landes Arts Center May 18, a troupe of 46 young dancers in five age groups from pre-K through young teens donned beautiful bright costumes and performed 16 challenging and charming routines. Titled “Creatures Great and Small”, the presentation served as a final student recital for Eastern WV Community and Technical College’s 2012-13 recreational dance program.
“Knowledge is a powerful gift that no one can take from us, and today each of you should be proud of the achievements and knowledge you have gained,” class Commencement speaker Krista Thorn told her fellow graduates at a college ceremony May 11 in Moorefield.
Some 300 students, friends, family and college staff joined that morning in admiring applause as Eastern WV Community and Technical College awarded a record 115 certificates and associate degrees to 91 individual Eastern graduates, some of whom earned more than one diploma.
9:00 am Tuesday, May 28, is the local collection deadline for non-perishable item donations to the victims of Monday’s tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. The Student Government Association (SGA) at Eastern WV Community and Technical College is joining “Operation Do Moore" to collect and deliver necessary, non-perishable basics for the desperate people ravaged by the disaster. Pastor Daryl Dunsmore of the Moorefield Church of God is organizing the local drive.
Eastern WV Community and Technical College's Commencement Saturday May 11 will start at 10:00 am, not 11:00 as some earlier reports mistakenly said. West Virginia First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin will deliver the keynote address
At twinned morning and afternoon ceremonies last month, a local college celebrated its best and brightest students, recognized its staff and faculty, and awarded its most traditional honor — the Harold K. Michael Founders Award — to WV Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick.
West Virginia First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin will deliver the keynote address May 11 as an expected record number of graduates receive their degrees at Eastern WV Community and Technical College’s Commencement.
Scheduled for 11:00 am at the Moorefield Middle School, the event anticipates “the largest Eastern class of college-completers ever eligible to graduate for the spring,” as Eastern president Charles “Chuck” Terrell noted at a student awards ceremony last month.