Oil and gas is booming in the Mid-Ohio Valley and one local school is is doing its best to keep up.
The West Virginia University campus in Parkersburg showed off its new science labs Wednesday.
The old science building has a whole new interior.
The project cost about $3.5 million.
But the university chairman says the investment is worth it.
"It's one of those ways to improve the college, it's one more step in making the college the student population better, serve the community better. So it's absolutely exciting," says Gerard Elchaar.
Students can now earn a bachelor's degree with new courses offered.
This will give them a leg up getting into medical school or other master's programs.
The building will be used this fall semester.
Professors say some students have actually re-enrolled just to check out the new science labs.