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WVU Tech makes history in Beckley

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BECKLEY, W.Va. (WVVA) It was a day for the history books in Beckley as students and staff at WVU Tech celebrated their first day of class since completing the move from Montgomery, W.Va. 

In a speech to students, staff, city leaders, and legislators, West Virginia University Pres. Dr. Gordon Gee proclaimed occasion not only a new era for the university but for the city, promising to bring jobs and new opportunities in the Mountain State. 

"My big dream is to see the campus grow. But more importantly, to see students in this area stay in the state and get great opportunities to have wonderful jobs." 

When talking about keeping students and jobs in the Mountain State, Pres. Gee joked "We're going to build a wall around Beckley. And Ohio is going to pay for it!" 

The message was well received among city leaders, including Mayor Rob Rappold, who has been hard at work beefing up security and infrastructure in the two years leading up to the move. This week, the Beckley City Police Dept. and campus police have had extra patrols ensuring drivers on South Kanawha take extra caution with the addition of the new students. 

"I'm amazed that Pres. Long and her able crew were able to accomplish what they did, culminating today. I don't see how they did it." 

During Wednesday's celebration, students also buried a time capsule on campus, which will be opened by the university's graduating class in May of 2068. 

 

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