Valley College

Although Valley College in Princeton is closing its ground campus for onsite courses Nov. 1, the college will maintain an office for online student registration.

PRINCETON — Although Valley College in Princeton is closing its ground campus for onsite courses Nov. 1, the college will maintain an office for online student registration.

According to its website, the main reason for the closure is the increasing use of online courses that do not require a physical campus.

“As the majority of demand for training programs in the Princeton, West Virginia area is for Valley College Online programs, Valley College has decided to discontinue enrollments and teach out its ground campus-based Medical Clinical Assistant (MCA) program…” the website says. “The college will also discontinue its Certified Nursing Assistant training at this location. The Princeton MCA program will continue until November 1, 2019, after which Valley College will close the Princeton, WV ground campus.”

Beth Gardner, vice president of Valley College, which also has campuses in Beckley and Martinsburg, said one of the three buildings the college rents will be open but only for enrollment in online courses.

There will be no ground programs,” she said, but a current on-campus course, medical clinical assistant (MCA), will be completed and end Nov. 1. “All of the students in the MCA program will get to finish.”

Gardner said it’s a matter of market demand and many students in this area prefer online courses.

“It may because of transportation, babysitting or working another job,” she said, but the demand is more for the online programs.

The end of ground courses in Princeton does not impact the other campuses, Gardner added. “All of the other campuses will remain the same. They will have the ground programs.”

Those programs include the MCA, cyber security, business administration, health services administration, medical front office billing and coding, and medical administrative assistant.

Gardner said if students prefer an on-campus program, they have the option of using the Beckley campus.

The Princeton campus of the private colleges opened in 1986 as part of the Valley College of Technology, a West Virginia Corporation first established in 1979 by Control Data Corporation.

Ken Clay, Princeton City Clerk, said he had just learned of the school closing.

“We will miss their presence on Mercer Street,” he said. “They were proposing some good programs. They will be missed, that is definite.”

Contact Charles Boothe at cboothe@bdtonline.com