Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

September 19, 2012

Bluefield State awarded $1.2 million federal grant


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., announced today that Bluefield State College has been awarded a federal grant to strengthen its academic resources, management capabilities, and education programs in southern West Virginia.

Bluefield State College has been awarded a five-year grant totaling $1,209,548 for the first year.  The funding will enhance an institution-wide computer literacy and technology upgrade by providing computers, networking, distance learning technology, support services and training opportunities.  Additionally, the grant strengthens Bluefield State in areas such as electronic classrooms, professional development, student leadership development, institutional research, academic outreach, tutoring, and library resources, according to Rahall.

 “Opening doors is a tried and true tradition at Bluefield State. This federal investment opens classrooms and ultimately jobs for any student who can access a computer,” Rahall said. “When you hear talk about Reconnecting McDowell County, know that Bluefield State is walking the walk.  With Governor Tomblin's recent announcement about Shentel providing broadband throughout the county, this grant will work hand in hand with that improved access.  The whole region will benefit from the advances Bluefield State will be making.”

“This grant will enhance Bluefield State College’s ability to provide equality educational opportunities by strengthening academic quality, institutional management, technology upgrades, and fiscal stability,” aid Dr. Felica Wooten Williams, executive eirector of Academic Outreach Programs at Bluefield State College. “We appreciate our congressional delegation for working to sustain this vital program at BSC. I am particularly pleased with Congressman Rahall’s efforts to bring high-quality programs, like this one, to the citizens of southern West Virginia.”

   The funding was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education through its Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program for equalizing educational opportunities and ensuring access to postsecondary education and lifelong learning.