Caperton Center for Applied Technology
Workforce Development: Preparing for Success
... It's high tech, cutting edge and developed to meet regional workforce needs so students can "learn and then earn" in the Mid-Ohio Valley ...
A Collaborative Design. As partners, the Parkersburg area's public secondary and higher education institutions and the private sector have joined together to develop a new model for workforce training. The collaborative design focuses on an educational environment in which students can grow in ways necessary to be highly valued employees with toolboxes of skills and knowledge upon which to build advanced capabilities. The model's main components include:
Located on the WVU Parkersburg campus, the two-story Caperton Center for Applied Technology has been designed so that noise producing, technical labs are located along the south edge of the facility. Traditional classroom spaces, as well as computer and technology-oriented spaces are situated in the northern portion of the Center. It's high tech, cutting edge and developed to meet regional workforce needs so students can "learn and then earn" in the Mid-Ohio Valley.
- a responsiveness to community, business and labor needs
- skill training and preparation designed to be flexible in meeting workforce needs and a basic adaptable technology core of courses to build job specific knowledge, skills and training
- innovative workforce training partnerships
- a seamless delivery system where students enter into training programs with an uninterrupted route through college
- a shared 60,000-square-foot facility which features task specific technology classrooms and flexible training areas
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