Huntington, W.Va. - Mountwest Community & Technical College was recently awarded $430,000 in grant funding to start two new associate degree programs.
The Technical Program Development grants awarded to Mountwest by the Community & Technical College System of West Virginia will provide seed funding for new Associate of Applied Science degrees in Graphic Design ($220,000) and Veterinary Technology ($210,000) over the next three years.
Staff and faculty at Mountwest, including Janet Smith, the chair of Allied Health, and Patrick Smith, an instructor of Information Technology, are very excited about offering these two new programs to Mountwest students and consequently supplying local employers with well-trained workers in these fields.
“We were overwhelmed with the positive response and commitment from local veterinarians and animal clinics in the Tri-State area,” said Janet Smith. “We look forward to working with these clinics to meet the workforce needs in the unique and exiting career of veterinary technology.”
Mountwest offered an Introduction to Veterinary Technology course this semester as part of another grant. The College anticipates the full Veterinary Technology program to be available for the Fall 2014 semester, while the Graphic Design program will be available beginning with the Spring 2015 semester.
“The new Graphic Design option at Mountwest will allow students to attain a unique set of skills that will allow them to design and communicate ideas creatively,” said Patrick Smith. “These skills will allow students to excel in areas such as public relations, advertising, design services, and entrepreneurial endeavors."
For more information on the Veterinary Technology program, contact Janet Smith at 304.710.3516, and for the Graphic Design program, contact Patrick Smith at 304.710.3398. For general enrollment questions, contact Student Services at 304.710.3361.