Diana Rudash has been named director of the new West Virginia University Child Learning Center . The center, located on University property near Krepps Park, is slated to open Aug. 3.

Rudash has 20 years of experience in the child care industry. In addition, she earned a bachelors degree in elementary education and 30 credits towards a masters degree in communications from WVU . She has held positions at several agencies, including director of WVU HospitalsChild Development Center. Currently, she serves as director of Lasting Impressions Child Development Center at the FBI Complex in Clarksburg.

Diane has lots of good experience. She has a positive attitude and fits in well with the philosophy of Hildebrandt,said Bobbie Warash, director of the WVU Nursery School and member of the WVU Child Care Advisory Committee.She has had great experiences and brings those forth. She is right on board with everything we want to do.

Hildebrandt Learning Centers a company that manages 38 employer-sponsored child care centers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and now West Virginiawill provide child care services at the 19,000-square-foot facility.

Construction of the WVU Child Learning Center is on schedule and is expected to be completed in July. To date, the project is about 85 percent complete. Stone is being applied to the buildings exterior and paving in the parking lot is under way. Interior finishes including paint, carpet, plumbing and electrical fixtures are being installed.

The center will be licensed to accommodate 184 childrenfrom six weeks to school age. There will be 32 spaces at each age level up to school age, with 24 spaces for school age children for before and after school care, as well as summer care.

WVU students andemployees will receive priority for enrollment at the center, however if space permits the center will open to members of the community. As of May 11, the center had received 153 pre-enrollment applications.

For more information on the WVU Child Learning Center and enrollment, visit http://childlearningcenter.wvu.edu/ .