West Virginia University at Parkersburg will deliver its Computer and Information Technology associate degree via a sophisticated teleconferencing system to WVU in Morgantown beginning in January, thanks to an $85,000 grant from Verizon.

Announced today (Nov. 1) at a WVU Parkersburg press conference, the grant will enable the Parkersburg campus to transmit courses in its Associate in Applied Science degree in Computer and Information Technology to WVU s Center for Information Technology Workforce Development in Morgantown and to other locations in the state.

In addition, WVU Parkersburg will provide access to training for information technology certifications sought by IT professionals.

This is a wonderful gift. With Verizons support, we now will have the capacity to deliver programs to remote locations throughout the state and extend access to information technology skills and training,noted Erik Bitterbaum, president of WVU Parkersburg.

The Verizon grant will be used to install video equipment in a computer learning lab in the Caperton Center for Applied Technology on the Parkersburg campus.

WVU Parkersburgs degree offering is part of a larger, comprehensive program developed by Verizon and WVU to provide IT training to a wider audience, particularly students and adult learners in rural counties. Officials noted the WVU Parkersburg pilot project is one of the nation’s first video-conferencing applications for the Cisco Networking Academy Program.

This is just a portion of a much broader commitment that Verizon is making to help develop West Virginias workforce,Gale Given, president of Verizon West Virginia, noted.Just this year, Verizon has contributed nearly a half-million dollars to bring instruction in information technologies to students in rural counties of our state.

The seeds were planting with WVU -P and the Center for Information Technology at WVU will help grow new jobs,she added.Im proud that Verizons interactive distance learning technologies can play an instructional role in this effort.

Via the teleconferencing system, WVU Parkersburg will provide courses and training for several certifications sought by information professionals, including the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and Ciscos Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) programs. WVU s Information Technology Center for Workforce Development will provide Fundamentals of Unix, Sun Solaris System Administrator I and II instructor training to the WVU Parkersburg campus which will in turn offer these courses to remote locations via the Verizon equipment..

This grant will allow us to extend our capacity to deliver courses and programs as well as certification training beyond the traditional classroom,Joseph Badgley, WVU Parkersburg dean of academic affairs, said.In effect, we will be able to deliver to the most rural areas of West Virginiaanywhere where people want IT skills and training.

WVU and WVU Parkersburg serve as Cisco Academy Network Training Centers. The Parkersburg campus offers coursework necessary to prepare students for industry-recognized certifications in A+, Network+, Cisco CCNA and Certified Network Professional (CCNP), Microsoft MCSE , Sun Solaris UNIX Certified System Administrator and Sun Solaris UNIX Certified Network Administrator.