SECTION I. – Background


West Virginia Junior College was founded in 1922. The institution (originally called Morgantown Commercial College)
was located on High Street and if offered basic courses that emphasized business skills required at the time, such as typing,
bookkeeping and penmanship. The institution grew over the decades both in student body and course offerings.

In 1952, the institution received its initial institutional accreditation and it was renamed the Morgantown Business College.
As it grew, the institution began expanding its curriculum by adding medical and computer courses. In 1968, the current
campus was constructed, and the institution moved from its original location on High Street to its current location.

In the 1970’s, the institution continued to expand both its computer and medical curriculums. In the early 1970’s, it was
one of the first institutions in the state to develop a curriculum for the evolving career field that is known today as medical
assisting. Also, in the 1970’s, the institution was granted the authority to offer associate degrees by what was then known
as the West Virginia Board of Regents. (Today, the institution is authorized to operate as a post-secondary institution by
the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education.)

Growth in both student body and curriculum offerings continued in the 1980’s as the institution established a branch
campus in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. In the 1990’s, the institution embarked on a program to upgrade and enhance both the
institution and its curriculum. As a result, in 1998 the Institution received a higher grant of accreditation and changed its
name to West Virginia Junior College. Recognizing the increasing need for medical personnel, the institution has continued
to increase its emphasis on health career education.

Approvals/Accreditation/Authorization to Operate

West Virginia Junior College is institutionally accredited* by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools to
award diplomas and associate’s degrees. The Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools contact information is
7777 Leesburg Pike, Site 314, N. Falls Church, VA 22043, Phone (703) 917-9503.

West Virginia Junior College is authorized to offer post-secondary education programs leading to a certificate, diploma,
or associate degree in the state of West Virginia in accordance with its permit issued by the West Virginia Council for
Community and Technical College Education, 1018 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Suite 700, Charleston, WV 25301,
(304) 558-0265 in accordance with Chapter 18B of the West Virginia State Code.

The West Virginia Junior College Nursing program is granted state accreditation by the West Virginia State Board of
Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses. 5001 MacCorkle Avenue, SW, South Charleston, WV 25309, Phone
(304) 744-0900.

The associate degree nursing program at West Virginia Junior College at the Morgantown campus located in
, WV is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3390 Peachtree
Road NE,
Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 9755000 www.acenursing.org The most recent decision made by the
ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate degree nursing program is Initial Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at


West Virginia Junior College is certified by the U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington
DC 20202 (800) 872-5327, under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended to participate in Title IV student aid

West Virginia Junior College offers some programs that are approved by the State Approving Agency (through the
West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, 1018 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Suite 700, Charleston, WV
25301, (304) 558-0263) for students to use veterans’ benefits. Please check with the financial aid office to confirm if
your program of interest is an approved program prior to enrolling.

West Virginia Junior College is approved under the U.S. Department of Labor WorkForce Investment Act to train
WorkForce Act eligible individuals.

*Accreditation is a complex subject. This institution is “institutionally” accredited by a national accreditation agency.
Other types of accreditation include regional institutional, and programmatic accreditation. The type of accreditation can
impact important student benefits, such as academic credit transfer and graduate job eligibility. Prospective students
should direct any accreditation questions to the Campus President before enrolling.

Note: For the most current information regarding Approval/Accreditation/Authorization, please ask the Campus President.

Statement of Legal Control

The West Virginia Junior College is a private corporation. It operates a main campus in Morgantown, WV and an
additional campuses in Uniontown, PA and Irwin, PA. The corporation has no other campuses and is not affiliated with
any other public or private organization or educational institution. WVJC operates under policies and guidelines established
by its Board of Directors. Its Chief Executive Officer is its on-site Campus President.

The Campus President is charged with responsibility to manage all aspects of the campus operation and to exercise
such discretion as he/she deems appropriate, within the broad guidelines and policies established by the Board of Directors.
The institution’s corporate officers execute legal documents and perform other similar ministerial functions as required of
corporate officers by law. No corporate officer has managerial or administrative responsibility and is not in the chain of
command, unless he or she also holds the position of Campus President.

General Information

IMPORTANT NOTICE Students are expected to read and be familiar with this catalog before they
begin classes. It contains important information for attendance at this campus. The student’s and
Institution’s contractual rights and responsibilities to each other are contained in the student’s enrollment
agreement, arbitration agreement, if any, and this catalog is incorporated into and is a part of the
enrollment agreement. (In the event of a conflict between the enrollment agreement and this catalog, the
enrollment agreement controls.)

This catalog, the student’s enrollment agreement and arbitration agreement, if any, shall be considered
the only official documents of the Institution. Brochures, advertisements or documents and/or oral
statements should be considered for general informational purposes only, are subject to change with or
without notice, and do not create any legally binding rights or responsibilities on the part of the Institution
or the student. This catalog is current at the time of printing; however, the Institution reserves the right to make
changes, additions, or deletions or to waive or change any requirement or rule, or to terminate any other campus
or educational activities or services, where the administration, in its sole opinion, deems such actions to be
appropriate. Attachments to this catalog (appendixes, supplements, etc.) if any, are a part of this catalog and
should be referred to where pertinent. Any obligation to provide any benefits or services offered by this
Institution (such as review privileges, placement assistance, etc.) shall end if the Institution terminates
operation of this campus.

This catalog is current at the time of publication. Check with the Registrar for updated information.

Non-Discrimination Policy

This Institution does not discriminate in any of its programs, activities, services or employment practices on
the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, age, color, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition,
disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other prohibited criteria. The institution will conduct all of
its activities in accordance with all applicable local, state, and federal anti-discrimination laws. For all
disabilities, accessibility to facilities and services will be made through reasonable accommodations in accordance
with legal requirements. Any inquiries concerning such matters should be made to the Campus President.


West Virginia Junior College is dedicated to providing an opportunity to individuals who desire specialized
career training delivered through either a residential or online education experience. It is through the educational
process that students receive support and encouragement so they may reach their full potential. This Institution
believes this will enhance employability. To accomplish this important goal, this Institution is committed to
career training which emphasizes skills, attitudes, and work habits consistent with good business practices through
educational excellence.

This Institution maintains the philosophy that the “student comes first” and practices and “open door” policy
allowing students accessibility to all faculty and administrative staff. A cohesive bond between the student and
the school is developed as a result of this open communication and is fundamental in the development of the skills
and knowledge necessary to prepare for entry into a career field. The mission of the Institution will be
accomplished by the achievement of the following objectives:

a. Continually offer students viable career options by providing quality educational programs based on
employer-driven requirements.

b. Maintaining a qualified faculty and staff dedicated to the personal and professional development of each

c. Develop each student’s ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and to think

d. Constantly analyze and update curricula to remain in the forefront of changing and emerging technologies.

Institutional Operating Standards

The following standards have been adopted by this institution to govern its operations and establish
expectations for all employees:

To provide quality value-added service to our customers,

To exhibit a high level of ethical standards in every action taken and statement made,

To comply with all federal, state or other laws, rules or regulations,

To operate in the progressive, professional manner required in a competitive, worldwide marketplace
while always maintaining the above three principles.

While these standards are general in nature, they reflect the institution’s expectations that all employees and
representatives act with integrity, honesty and fairness at all times. This applies to both conduct involving
students and fellow employees as well as to the general public, the government, and all regulatory agencies and
their staff. The institution recognizes that its reputation is its most valuable asset, and its reputation depends on
the actions of its employees, hence, the above-stated requirements.


The Institution is a member of the following:

WV Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

Chamber of Commerce

Separate Educational Centers


64 Medical Center Drive, HSC South Room 3642, Morgantown, WV 26506


812 Gorman Avenue, Elkins, WV 26241


20 Hospital Drive, Logan, WV 25601


230 Hospital Plaza, Weston, WV 26452


200 Hospital Drive, Spencer, WV 25276


1320 Valley Medical Avenue, Ronceverte, WV 24970

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