Officials from the West Virginia National Guard met with the WVU-Parkersburg Board of Governors Wednesday night and entered into a partnership.
The West Virginia National Guard will build an armed forces readiness center on the property. "We are very excited about this opportunity to partner with WVU Parkersburg," said Major General James A. Hoyer, West Virginia Adjutant General. "We look forward to working with WVUP to develop a layout that will best meet everyone's needs by adding areas such as classrooms, an assembly hall, expanded parking lots, and conference areas to the campus."
A news release also included the following statement from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, (D)-W.Va. "This announcement shows yet again what can be accomplished when we all work together," said Governor Tomblin. "This partnership will initiate new educational opportunities for the entire WVU Parkersburg community and I look forward with anticipation to the completion of the facility."
The plan is in the design phase right now. "As the community's college, we are always looking for collaborations that serve Mid-Ohio Valley residents, including our military men and women," said WVU Parkersburg President Marie Foster Gnage. "What better way to accomplish this than to partner with such a stellar organization."
In addition to the construction of the Parkersburg AFRC, the agreement also addressed the shared use of the AFRC in Millwood. The Guard currently has a facility there that they will allow WVU Parkersburg to use for classrooms to offer courses to the local community.