Pierpont Community and Technical College invited State legislators, county commissioners and Pierpont staff April 21 to visit the site of their future Advanced Technology Center under construction. Phase one of construction has been completed, with the project on schedule to be fully operational for the 2015 fall term. "We were intentional about putting the biology and the IT and all these emerging technologies in one place because this is the showcase for this part of West Virginia as to what the future holds," said Pierpont CTC President Doreen Larson. "When you're in that building, you see a bright future. And that's what we wanted for West Virginia. The future is bright, they need to see that." Located in the I-79 Technology Park, the Northern Advanced Technology Center will be more than 60,000 square feet and will bring opportunities for partnerships. Pierpont has received support from area business and industry, as well as county and state leaders. "Business owners will get to see our students and get to know our college so we'll really get that partnership," Larson said. "But we really look forward to utilizing that space for just visions of the future and serving companies in the area that have really been our great partners."