Capture Higher Ed is proud to introduce one of our newest partners, West Virginia University Potomac State College.
An affiliate of West Virginia University, Potomac State is a two-year junior college located in Keyser, W.V., approximately 90 miles from WVU’s main campus in Morgantown. The junior college offers 50 degree programs that it’s some 1,400 students can go on to complete at WVU campuses at Morgantown or Beckley.
Potomac State also offers six career-technical degree programs in areas like Criminal Justice and Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship (SAGE). Students may choose to stay at the junior college for all four years of their academic careers to earn a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in one of its six offerings including: Business Management, Computer Information Systems, Criminal Justice, Nursing (BSN) Coming Fall 2018, Regents Bachelor of Arts, and SAGE.
A reaction to concerns over the quality of secondary education in the region, Potomac State was founded in 1901 as the “Keyser Preparatory Branch of the West Virginia University.” Col. Thomas B. Davis, a local business man, donated the more than 16 acres as a site for the new school. It was already a historic location. Forty years earlier during the Civil War, it was the site of Fort Fuller, which was critical to maintaining open roads leading to the South Branch and Shenandoah valleys as well as keeping control of the B&O Railroad. The railroad was a major supply route for the Union Army.
Potomac State became an integrated division of West Virginia University under a higher education reform measure passed in 2003 by the State Legislature. The integration became official on July 1, 2005.
Today, Potomac State is beloved by its students and alumni for its sense of family and belonging, providing the opportunity for one-one-one relationships with faculty and staff. The college has six residence halls and offers an array of student activities — all in a beautiful mountain setting. The school has 11 competitive sports teams; the Catamounts compete in the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference.
According to its mission, “Potomac State College provides a broad range of high-quality associate degree programs as well as baccalaureate degree programs at a reasonable cost with a historic focus on teaching and learning and a commitment to providing access to a better life for all West Virginians.”
We are proud to welcome WVU Potomac State College to the Capture family of partners.