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New year, new school for freshman at WVU Tech

BECKLEY, W.Va. (WVVA) Incoming students attended the Freshman Convocation in WVU Tech’s Van Meter gymnasium on Monday.

This year’s incoming class is the third set of new students to start at the Beckley campus since the university moved from Montgomery three years ago.

Carson Shannon of Charleston decided on WVU Tech for its smaller class size and one-on-one attention. “I went to a small private school. my whole life so this is a big jump for me, but I’m super pumped.”

This year, WVU Tech is adding an E-Sports team, which will allow WVU Tech teams to compete with other universities in the world of gaming.

As for enrollment, this year’s number will remain stagnant between 1,600- 1,700 students. That’s not due to a lack of growth, explained Dean of Students Richard Carpinelli, it’s due to construction underway to allow for more students.

“Our resident hall status doesn’t allow us to take on anymore right now.  But we’re adding a new one and hope to have it up and running in 2021.”

That’s not the only thing changing. University leaders say they are working to offer more Two Plus Two programs, where students can complete their first year in Beckley, then transfer to another school. And WVU Tech is working to develop a culinary program with The Greenbrier or Glade Springs.”

In the meantime, freshman Carson Shannon is just looking to explore all WVU Tech currently has to offer.

“There’s so much to discover here and I just can’t wait to see all there is.”

Students will officially return for the first day of class on Wednesday, August 21.

Annie Moore

Multimedia Journalist

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