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Eastern is pleased to announce that the Board of Governors has asked Dr. Thomas Striplin to assume the position of President of Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College. He is expected to assume the office on June 30, 2021, pending final negotiations and Council approval. We welcome Dr. Striplin’s leadership as we enter the next chapter of Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College’s history.

Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College has expanded its agricultural initiatives with the hiring of a Director of Agriculture Innovation and the recipience of a major grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for Agriculture Workforce Training.

Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College Workforce Education Department will be holding a six-part series of free marketing trainings for the community. Morgan Branson, recent West Virginia University M.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications graduate and Public Relations Manager at Eastern, will lead this series, which will focus on digital and social media marketing.

In honor of Employee Appreciation Day, which is the first Friday in March, Eastern would like to express much gratitude to its employees for their ongoing effort and commitment after almost a year of navigating remote work and coping with mental and physical stress and times of uncertainty due to the pandemic. Eastern would like to thank its employees for everything they do for the College. Their continued support and dedication enables Eastern to fulfill its mission in providing quality higher education to individuals throughout our six-county service area and beyond.

As crises like the current pandemic take center stage, focus on our organizations' missions can often take a back seat. As nonprofits, we should prepare for the impact of these current national and global events. But, how do we do it?

The opportunity for Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College students to turn their Associate of Science (A.S.) degrees into Bachelors of Arts (B.A.) in Elementary Education at WVU Parkersburg will begin in Fall 2021. The institutions’ partnership formally recognizes their commitment to expanding educational opportunities for the state.

Eastern, in partnership with RCBI, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, and the West Virginia Department of Education will hold the sixth annual Agriculture Innovation Showcase on February 24th via Zoom.  

"Eastern strongly denounces the seditious and violent acts taken in an attempt to undermine the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. Eastern will not tolerate hate, violence, insurrection, or the spreading of false information. We were created in a democracy to share knowledge and encourage students to become good citizens to lead and work in our communities. Our purpose is to value differences, pursue the truth, respect human dignity, and to honor the virtues of a democratic society."

The Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College Workforce Education Department is collecting data from local businesses or organizations that are located in Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Mineral, Pendleton, or Tucker counties regarding current and future plans for sustainment and growth in a post-pandemic world.

Eastern completed a successful virtual National Biochar Week. With funding from the Chesapeake Bay Trust, Eastern, along with organizing partners - US Biochar Initiative, National Center for Resource Development, Infinite Solutions, Chesapeake Bay Trust, MASBio, Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns Grant Program, and the US Department of Agriculture, US Forest Service - hosted this virtual event December 7-11, highlighting "Biochar in the Real World,” focusing on the uses, types, and market of biochar.