Center For Early Learning Opens

By: Todd Baucher Email
By: Todd Baucher Email

Updated: 5/17/2013 5:25 P.M.

While moms are taking classes at WVU-P, their kids can learn, too.

The college's new center for early learning officially opened with a ribbon-cutting this morning.

It provides activities for children of different age groups, in areas including technology, the arts and reading.

"We're looking at a huge bike path and a walking trail with that," says the center's director, Angela Davis. "We're looking at a lot of natural-looking equipment, stepping things, climbing things, swings. A lot of equipment they don't have now at the old center."

The $1 million facility replaces the one-room children center in the college's main campus building.

The program has room for 45 children per semester.


Dual groundbreakings at West Virginia University at Parkersburg were enough to bring out several local dignitaries...including West Virginia's acting governor, Earl Ray Tombin.

One was for a $5 million applied technology building, and the other was for a $1 million child development center.

The 21,000 square foot technology building will include lab rooms and classrooms for welding, industrial maintenance and multi-craft technology classes.

Both buildings are to be completed by the fall of 2012.

"It is a very lengthy project...they will have 300 days for building," says WVU-P President Marie Foster-Gnage. "But we assume the child development center will take a shorter period of time. So at least one of those buildings will be ready for learning in the fall of 2012."

The child development center is designed to teach young children arts, literacy and technology beyond the normal classroom environment.

"It's good not only for the children themselves," Governor Tomblin says, "but for the students who are going into early childhood education have that hands-on experience and watching the behavior of the children. I think it's a great thing."

Both projects were funded through the sale of bonds through a state program approved by the West Virginia Legislature a few years ago.

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  • by Jessica Location: Parkersburg on Jun 29, 2011 at 07:13 PM
    They are planning to move the sciences to the basement area. There is not enough need for housing to be built they took a survey for it 2years ago. These new buildings will be a great addition for the college to grow as they want to. WVUP is a wonderful college and trying to build up more to better help there students. The parking lots have been getting fixed they already fixed the lot at the Jackson county branch and installed to security call lights at the main campus. The college has been getting grants and the projects have been in the works for a few years now. Again I think this will help out college a great deal. I love the college I attend as well as the faculty, staff & everyone who works there!
  • by WVU-P Student Location: wv on Jun 29, 2011 at 09:41 AM
    what are they planning on doing with the area in the basement that had 3 computer labs? An apartment complex for students sound like a much better idea! I know of students who drive almost two hours because the classes they need are not offered on-line when they need to take them. So what is the deal with the tuition being raised? Where is this money going and what benefits are the students receiving from the higher costs?
  • by Jake Location: Parkersburg on Jun 28, 2011 at 08:07 PM
    Very nice move. Forget the income that could be generated from building a larger parking lot and charging for spots *we already pay $20/semester and I have seen no difference* or even building an apartment complex or a small dorm section so that students traveling over an hour for a one hour class don't feel so put out. Each of those options could become money makers, but lets building some more buildings...why not.
  • by Johnny Location: Parkersburg on Jun 28, 2011 at 06:13 PM
    Nice to see the college has money to build new buildings but cant even pay their staff what they should be getting paid!!! Raise tuition and not even fully fund the salary schedule for workers.... Nice!
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