WVU INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Infinite possibilities: WVU Institute of Technology’s new tagline is apt. Tech, as it’s affectionately known by generations of alumni, fills a particular niche in West Virginia’s higher education landscape. WVU Tech distinguishes itself by its focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) degree programs, along with business, the humanities, and social sciences. Its small classes and personal attention provide a place where students can flourish.
WVU Tech prepares graduates for meaningful careers and provides a highly skilled workforce for the most in-demand jobs in the state and nation. With so much development under way in West Virginia around the Marcellus shale, WVU Tech’s mission is particularly timely.
Today, WVU Tech is poised for great change. A new leadership team, campus master plan, and strategic plan—in concert with the Tech Revitalization Project (TRP)—hold promise for a brighter future.
But WVU Tech can’t do it alone. To transform this promise into reality, we need to bring together many minds: the intellect and ideas of students and faculty and the passion and support of alumni and friends, like you. The stakes are high.
The Trajectory of Success
Founded in 1895 as Montgomery Preparatory School, WVU Tech’s history is rich with accomplishments, changes, and challenges. Tech has served as a high school, trade school, junior college, college, university, and a regional campus of West Virginia University (WVU). Since 2007, Tech has been a fully integrated division of WVU.
Over the years, WVU Tech has earned a reputation for the quality of its academic programs, particularly engineering. WVU Tech has state-of-the-art facilities and labs along with a tradition of excellence in scientific and applied fields. Recently, forward-thinking interdisciplinary programs, such as math and science secondary education, create enormous opportunity for WVU Tech to achieve renewed prominence.
In April 2011, the West Virginia Legislature passed Senate Bill 486/House Bill 3068, the West Virginia University Institute of Technology Revitalization Project (TRP), which mandates that state appropriations be used to address select needs at WVU Tech over the next four years. This law closely parallels WVU Tech’s strategic plan, Vision 2015, and will position us to meet the state’s workforce needs—especially in STEM fields.
Considering the ways a revitalized WVU Tech will support West Virginia’s ability to compete industrially and economically, TRP is a prudent investment. But it’s not a cure-all. For our academic programs to remain viable, we need to increase enrollment. We need to expand and enhance facilities to accommodate more students in order to deliver a better experience and reclaim our distinctive position in West Virginia higher education. And we need to increase support for our outstanding students and faculty.
To do this, we need partners, like you, who believe in WVU Tech and want to invest in its future.
Priorities for Tomorrow
A State of Minds is a comprehensive fundraising effort that aims to unite those who care about WVU Tech, are optimistic about its future, and believe that, together, we can realize infinite possibilities. To accomplish this, we ask you to consider a gift to one of the following initiatives.
To learn more about these funding priorities download the WVU Institute of Technology campaign brochure or contact Rachelle Beckner at 304-442-1078. To learn more about the WVU Institute of Technology visit www.wvutech.edu.