The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 20, 2012

New River rolls out two accelerated programs

By Sarah Plummer
Register-Herald Reporter

— Students looking to earn a Technical Office Procedures Skills Certificate in only six months or an Associates Degree in Administrative Office Technology in only 11 months will soon be able to do so at New River Community and Technical College.

Starting this spring 2013 at their Beckley campus, New River plans on rolling out these two new accelerated programs.

Visiting instructor Amanda Sue Sauchuck has worked to develop these new programs for the college.

“These programs are specifically designed for motivated students who want to further their education, but because of work, family or other responsibilities, cannot afford to spend multiple years going to class,” she explained. “The accelerated program offers intensive four-day-a-week classes ranging from four to six hours a day.”

She explained these accelerated programs will feature more one-on-one instruction, small class sizes, and a diverse delivery for all types of learners. The long classes will be divided into lecture, lab, and online assignments.

“Students will work through the assignments on their own. I will be there to direct and facilitate, but they will be taking charge of their own learning and spending the time they need to meet their goals,” she explained.

In addition, students will work through the program and graduate with the same cohort they start with, which will foster communication, trust and support, she added.

These programs are intense and prepare students to start working immediately while, if they wish, to transfer their credits into a four year college, said Sauchuck.

The Technical Office Procedures and Skills Certificate program prepares students for entry-level positions in an office setting. It is a 30 credit hour program that can seamlessly lead students in the Administrative Office Technology Degree program.  

The Administrative Office Technology Program prepares graduates for positions as administrative assistants, secretaries, clerks and other office positions in business, industry, government and other professions. It is a 60 credit hour program.  

According to the college, New River’s tuition is among the most affordable in West Virginia. Students in the accelerated certificate program can expect to pay about $2,235 in tuition for two semesters. Students in the degree program will pay approximately $6,470 for four semesters in addition to the cost of books. Even though tuition is low compared to other colleges, most New River students receive some form of financial aid in the form of grants, loans or scholarships.

Anyone interested in enrolling in an accelerated program for the spring semester should contact Sauchuck as soon as possible by calling 304-929-5001 to schedule an interview. Students are strongly encouraged to get their admissions and financial aid applications in early so that they will be processed and approved by the time the semester starts, Sauchuck stressed. Accelerated classes begin on Jan. 7.

These accelerated programs are only be offered at the Beckley campus at this time but there are plans to expand them to other New River campuses in the future.

— E-mail: splummer@register-herald.com