Aug 17, 2022  
Fall 2022 Academic Catalog 
    
Fall 2022 Academic Catalog

About Pierpont


About Pierpont C&TC

Brief History of Pierpont C&TC

Mission Statement

Vision Statement

Philosophy and Objectives

Campus Locations

Memberships

Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action

Services for Students with Disabilities

Drug-Free Awareness Program

Tobacco-Free Campus


Annual Notification: All career and technical education courses and programs are offered at Pierpont regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, or disability.

About Pierpont Community & Technical College

Pierpont Community & Technical College is part of the state's growing high technology corridor with a metro area of about 250,000 residents.  The main campus is the Advanced Technology Center, located minutes from I-79, in Fairmont, West Virginia, and serves the North Center West Virginia region with a variety of off-campus sites, including Clarksburg, Flatwoods, Morgantown, and Weston. Pierpont offers thirty-nine associate degree-level programs, nine certificate programs, and thirty-five skill sets.  Through its Center for Workforce Education, Pierpont provides workforce training and community education for its 13-county region.

Brief History of Pierpont Community & Technical College

1974 - The Community College was established at Fairmont State College.
1989 - Under the provisions of SB 420, governance for Fairmont State College and Fairmont State Community & Technical College was changed from the Board of Regents to the Board of Directors.
2000 - Fairmont State Community & Technical College established a campus compact under the provisions of SB 653 and began working toward the goal of independent accreditation.
2001 - Fairmont State College and Fairmont State Community & Technical College are appointed a shared Board of Governors.
2003 - Fairmont State Community & Technical College assumes responsibility for providing Community College education to five (5) of the counties formerly served by Glenville State College under the provisions of HB 2224.
2003 - Fairmont State Community & Technical College hosted a site visit from the North Central Association in the spring of 2003. The college received notification of receipt of 10 year accreditation from the North Central Association on August 8, 2003.
2004 - SB 448 reclassified Blair Montgomery as President of Pierpont Community & Technical College and established a Local Consortium District for the Community College.
2006 - SB 792 renames Fairmont State Community & Technical College as Pierpont Community & Technical College and remerged it as a division of Fairmont State University (FSU).
2007 - Higher Learning Commission returns for a Focused Visit to remerge the accreditation of Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College.
2008 - HB 3215 requires separation of Pierpont Community & Technical College from Fairmont State University and provides the College with a separate Board of Governors (constituted in August 2008). Pierpont is again required to attain independent accreditation from FSU.
2008 - Higher Learning Commission holds a Focus Visit at Pierpont and recommends that the accreditation achieved in 2003 be reinstated for Pierpont Community & Technical College.
2014 - Higher Learning Commission holds a Reaffirmation Site Visit and recommends accreditation for Pierpont Community & Technical College through 2023-2024.
2015 - The Pierpont Board of Governors selected Dale Bradley, CFO and VP of Finance and Administration as the Interim President. Dale Bradley filled the vacancy created by Dr. Doreen M. Larson's acceptance of the Presidential position at Edison Community College in Piqua, Ohio.
2016 - Pierpont Community & Technical College Board of Governors unanimously selected Dr. Johnny M. Moore to serve as the third president of the institution.  President Moore took office on June 30, 2016.
2017 - Higher Learning Commission Site Visit Mid-Cycle Review Comprehensive Evaluation held on October 30-31.
2018-2019 - Pierpont Community & Technical College established its own Business/Finance, Enrollment Management /Student Services, and Human Resources Departments, broadening independence from the auxiliary services of Fairmont State University.
2019 - Higher Learning Commission held a Focused Site Visit on November 4-5.
2019 - A new Mission, Vision, and Tagline for Pierpont Community & Technical College was approved by the Pierpont Board of Governors on November 19.
2020 - Pierpont Community & Technical College launched its own independent student and learning management database, and created independent data and satalite centers throughout its 13 county service region,  fully separating all IT service needs from Fairmont State University.
2021 - Pierpont Community & Technical College selected Anthony Hancock, Ph.D. to serve as Interim President (beginning 1/25/2021), replacing Dr. Johnny M. Moore who accepted a position to serve as Chancellor at Arkansas State University-Newport.
2023-2024 - Higher Learning Commission Reaffirmation of Accreditation visit scheduled for a Comprehensive Evaluation.

Mission Statement

To provide accessible, responsive, comprehensive education that works.

Vision Statement

Empowering individuals to transform their lives through education.

Philosophy & Objectives

Pierpont Community & Technical College, an undergraduate institution operating under the authority of the Pierpont Board of Governors, is governed by its president with the aid and advice of its Board of Governors, administrators, Faculty Senate, Classified Staff Council, and Student Government.

The College offers programs for career/technical education and is approved to grant Certificate of Applied Science Degrees and the degrees of Associate of Arts, Associate in Science, or Associate of Applied Science after two years of study. Pierpont Community & Technical College considers that its broad objective is to educate its students as intelligent and productive persons, capable of participating in and understanding the world of the twenty-first century. Accordingly, the College seeks to provide a suitable environment for free and responsible inquiry into the nature, sources, and implications of human knowledge and culture; and it challenges students to promote their own intellectual, social, and personal development.

The College faculty serves this objective by guiding students in acquiring knowledge and by maintaining a dialogue with them. The College fully supports the idea of a well-educated society and upholds the academic freedom of its faculty and students, confident that the best interests of the community are served when the search for truth is imaginative and vigorous.

The College follows a liberal policy of student admissions and believes that it can help highly motivated students to overcome many deficiencies in their academic preparation. Because academic standards are high, the Pierpont Community & Technical College degree represents a level of achievement respected throughout the nation.

Drawing many students from its immediate vicinity, the College welcomes the enthusiastic support it receives from Fairmont and surrounding areas. In return it participates actively in community projects, shares its programs and facilities with the public, and serves the community as a center of information and culture.

Specifically, the mission of Pierpont Community & Technical College is to provide programs needed by those in its geographic service area to the extent permitted by its financial and human resources and its assigned role in the State's system of public higher education. This mission is accomplished by meeting these objectives:

  • Providing a variety of career and technical center/occupational programs of two years duration or less
  • Providing opportunities for occupationally oriented study through expansion of existing industrial technology programs and the development of additional career-related curricula
  • Bringing selected college study opportunities into communities in the College's service region through the use of the mass media, regional educational centers, external degree programs, and other forms of nontraditional study;
  • Encouraging a broad segment of the populace, including various age groups and the economically deprived, to avail themselves of educational opportunities;
  • Serving the greatest number of students by holding College costs at the lowest possible level and providing financial support to those who need it to gain equal access to higher education;
  • Relating the breadth of the curriculum to the availability of appropriate employment opportunities and the needs of business, industrial, and public service agencies in the College's service area;
  • Offering continuing education programs to provide career updating, cultural enrichment, and personal skill development;
  • Providing advisory, counseling, and placement services to enable students to make satisfactory decisions about academic and personal problems and to make successful career and employment choices;
  • Offering a variety of cultural, recreational, and social activities to complement academic pursuits.

Campus Locations

Advanced Technology Center
500 Galliher Drive
Fairmont, WV  26554

Braxton County
200 Jerry Burton Drive
Sutton, WV 26601

Robert C. Byrd National Aerospace Education Center
1050 East Benedum Industrial Road
Bridgeport, WV 26330

Caperton Center
501 W Main St
Clarksburg, WV 26301

Lewis County
205 Minuteman Way
Weston, WV  26452

MTEC (Monongalia County Technical Education Center)
1000 Mississippi Street
Morgantown, WV 26501

Memberships

  • AACRAO
  • American Association of Community Colleges
  • Association of Community College Trustees
  • Community College Humanities Association
  • Community Colleges of Appalachia 
  • Council for Higher Education & Accreditation
  • Council for Research Development
  • Council of North Central 2 Year Colleges (CNCTYC)
  • Higher Learning Commission
  • 1-79 Development Council
  • League for Innovation in Community Colleges
  • NACUBO
  • National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE)
  • National Association for Colleges and Employers
  • National Association for Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)
  • Nation Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)
  • National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers
  • National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA)
  • National Council for Workforce Education
  • National Council on Student Development (NCSD)
  • National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD)
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK)
  • Rural Community College Alliance
  • Society for Human Resource Management

Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action

Pierpont Community & Technical College is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action institution. In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, West Virginia Human Rights Act, Title IX (Educational Amendments of 1972), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the other applicable laws and regulations, the institution provides equal opportunity to all prospective and current members of the student body, faculty, and staff on the basis of individual qualifications and merit without regard to race, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation as identified and defined by law.

Pierpont neither affiliates knowingly with nor grants recognition to any individual, group, or organization having policies that discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation as defined by applicable laws and regulations. Further inquiries may be directed to the Affirmative Action Officer, George Perich, 200H Advanced Technology Center, (304) 362-9566.

Services for Students with Disabilities

As required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, reasonable accommodations are provided for those students whose disability may affect their pursuit of a college education.  If these services are desired, students must contact the Office of Disability Services, which is located in Hardway Hall, Room 231-A,  and complete an intake. Documentation of the disability that is to be accommodated for is required. Documentation requirements can be found on the web site or by contacting Disability Services. Students registered with Disability Services receive priority scheduling for their classes. Students should contact their academic advisor for priority class pre-registration. For additional information contact the Office of Disability Services at (304) 534-7878 or consult the Disability Services web page here.

Drug-Free Awareness Program

In compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, Pierpont has a Drug-Free Awareness Program designed to prevent the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees. Further inquiries may be directed to the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources.

Tobacco-Free Campus

(Board of Governors, Policy #60, Effective August 1, 2015)
The use of tobacco and tobacco related products is prohibited on all premises owned, operated, leased or occupied by Pierpont Community & Technical College, or any street, road or thoroughfare passing through Pierpont owned property. This definition includes regional campuses.

Prohibited tobacco and tobacco related products include, but are not limited to: cigarettes, e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco, dip, pipes, cigars, cigarillos, hookah or waterpipe smoking, snus and snuff. This policy applies to faculty, staff, students, contractors, vendors, and visitors, and it applies to all indoor and outdoor events.

There shall be no advertising, sale or free sampling of tobacco or tobacco related products on Pierpont Campuses. Littering the campus with the remains of tobacco, tobacco related products or other related waste products are prohibited. All members of the College community and visitors must comply with this policy. Violation of the policy by employees, students and visitors may be subject to fines and/or disciplinary. The President's designees are responsible for the enforcement of this policy.