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To a community college in Raleigh County that has partnered with an online university to allow students to continue their education without having to travel far to do so. Under the agreement, graduates and employees of New River Community and Technical College can pursue additional education through Western Governors University, a fully accredited online university. Under this partnership, New River CTC graduates and employees can begin earning a bachelor’s or master’s degree at one of WGU’s four colleges: College of Business, College of Information Technology, College of Health Professions, and Teachers. Middle School. WGU has already had 18 current New River CTC students and 12 New River CTC graduates come to WGU prior to the formation of this partnership.
On the Autumn Colors Express returning this fall to the New River Gorge area of West Virginia, traveling between Huntington and Hinton with a stopover in Charleston. Train rides in restored vintage passenger cars proved popular during the first season in October 2019, but were canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now officials are planning another busy season. Train carriages travel a 53-mile section of the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, and passengers see sights such as steep cliffs, waterfalls and abandoned mining towns. This year’s excursions will be organized in partnership with Amtrak, Explore Summers County, Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, Kentucky Stream Heritage Corp., Railroading Heritage of Midwest America and the C&O Historical Society.
To Rocky Massey, longtime Community Chief Executive Officer (CCEO) of Beckley ARH Hospital, who is now Vice President of External Affairs for the Appalachian Regional Health System. In his new position, Massey serves both West Virginia and Kentucky. He will lead external affairs and government relations for the nonprofit ARH health care system, serving as a liaison with state and federal agencies in Kentucky and West Virginia. Massey will oversee special projects and initiatives, including Certificate of Need (CON) processes for both states. Massey was born at Beckley ARH Hospital. He began his hospital career at age 17 in 1979, after his aunt got him a job as a janitor.
To the fact that after years of community service, a scholarship has been established through the Greenbrier Valley Community Foundation to be presented annually to a young person who exemplifies Pat and Cliff Bakers’ commitment to community service in pursuit of higher education. The scholarship is to be presented annually to a youth who exemplifies the Bakers’ commitment to community service in the pursuit of higher education. Contributions to the Baker Scholarship Fund may be made by check to the Greenbrier Valley Community Foundation, PO Box 1682, Lewisburg, WV 24901, or by visiting the Foundation’s website, www.gvfoundation.org. Please mark all contributions for the Baker Scholarship Fund.