WVU Tech hopes revitalization a hit

WVU Tech hopes revitalization a hit

There are 26 comments on the Charleston Daily Mail story from Feb 23, 2013, titled WVU Tech hopes revitalization a hit. In it, Charleston Daily Mail reports that:

Administrators at West Virginia University Institute of Technology hope continued upgrades to services and buildings will encourage more students to graduate from the Montgomery-based school.

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Samantha

Charleston, WV

#1 Feb 24, 2013
Thanks go to the community for the hard work that they did in getting this revitalization process to the Montgomery campus in 2011, two long years ago.

"Without further delay", WVU must financially support this revitalation and must also put every effort forth into procurring financial funds through the legislature for the revitalization of its divisional campus in Montgomery.

roger

Charleston, WV

#2 Feb 24, 2013
Its a rat hole. I would never let my kids go there. Just let the place go. Its time is over.
Good Luck

Pratt, WV

#3 Feb 24, 2013
I hope that no one is holding their breath. Anyone, including the Legislature or a private contributor, could pour twice the amount of money being requested in the upcoming Legislative session and failure would still be knocking at the door of WV Tech.

There is NO plan for Tech. A long term plan has been asked for on numerous occasions for many years but to no avail. Now, WVU is facing serious budget cuts on the Morgantown campus. What makes you think that WVU, in the face of budget cuts on their own campus, will continue supporting a pimple on their ass called the Montgomery campus?

The revitalization plan could have been Tech's salvation, if the true reason was to REVITALIZE Tech. However, it was only a diversion to buy more time while WVU and Carolyn Long see to it that HB4690, a bill meant to save Tech, actually closes the doors. You see, the bill states that if Tech is not self sustaining in terms of increased enrollment and revenue, that WVU can choose to close the school. So far, neither has come to fruition and time is running out.

I am willing to put $20 on WVU closing the school, just because I'm feeling lucky today.

Seriously, I want nothing more than for Tech to survive. However, as long as the WVU logo flies on the Montgomery campus, there is very little chance that will happen.
your kidding me

Charleston, WV

#4 Feb 24, 2013
roger wrote:
Its a rat hole. I would never let my kids go there. Just let the place go. Its time is over.
What a waste of money...it's in Montgomery... What a dump depressed corrupt area!! Those buildings are shot, most are no where near half full EVER!! They have been "revitalizing" for nearly two decades...it's over!! Economic evolution!! Get off the taxpayers back!! If it won't support it's self then it goes away!! Much better choices in much better towns.
Samantha

Charleston, WV

#5 Feb 24, 2013
your kidding me wrote:
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What a waste of money...it's in Montgomery... What a dump depressed corrupt area!! Those buildings are shot, most are no where near half full EVER!! They have been "revitalizing" for nearly two decades...it's over!! Economic evolution!! Get off the taxpayers back!! If it won't support it's self then it goes away!! Much better choices in much better towns.
WVU has been successful in dissolving Dr. Leonard C. Nelson's legacy. And who has been in charge for "nearly two decades"? The rich (WVU) gets richer, the poor (Tech), get poorer. There would be no need for a revitalization process if WVU had taken care of what it publicly acknowledges as being its divisional campus in Montgomery since the mid 90s.

The burden now resides on WVU's back. Tech alumni are too smart to play their game.

Just sit back and watch!
Good Luck

Charleston, WV

#6 Feb 25, 2013
I hope that no one is holding their breath. Anyone, including the Legislature or a private contributor, could pour twice the amount of money being requested in the upcoming Legislative session and failure would still be knocking at the door of WV Tech.

There is NO plan for Tech. A long term plan has been asked for on numerous occasions for many years but to no avail. Now, WVU is facing serious budget cuts on the Morgantown campus. What makes you think that WVU, in the face of budget cuts on their own campus, will continue supporting a pimple on their ass called the Montgomery campus?

The revitalization plan could have been Tech's salvation, if the true reason was to REVITALIZE Tech. However, it was only a diversion to buy more time while WVU and Carolyn Long see to it that HB4690, a bill meant to save Tech, actually closes the doors. You see, the bill states that if Tech is not self sustaining in terms of increased enrollment and revenue, that WVU can choose to close the school. So far, neither has come to fruition and time is running out.

I am willing to put $20 on WVU closing the school, just because I'm feeling lucky today.

Seriously, I want nothing more than for Tech to survive. However, as long as the WVU logo flies on the Montgomery campus, there is very little chance that will happen.

bears den pimp

Pratt, WV

#7 Feb 25, 2013
I'll see your $20 and raise you $100. No poker face required. Tech's days are over.
roger

Charleston, WV

#8 Feb 25, 2013
Its a dead horse. Time to bury it and put our tax dollars to something better.
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that guy

Saint Albans, WV

#10 Feb 25, 2013
Tech and Montgomery were shit holes long before WVU took over. Seriously, what student would want to go there?
The old bags on a committee prevented what could have saved Tech, the plan to move some of the departments to the old Tech Center.
Tech Alum

Charleston, WV

#11 Feb 25, 2013
that guy wrote:
Tech and Montgomery were shit holes long before WVU took over. Seriously, what student would want to go there?
The old bags on a committee prevented what could have saved Tech, the plan to move some of the departments to the old Tech Center.
How little you do know about Tech and its strong history and tradition before WVU!!!! A very few years ago (may be true today), the Tech graduate earned $5000 more per year than graduates of all other colleges in the state, including WVU and Marshall. Calling Tech a __________ says more about your than it says about Tech. Most feel that Tech needs to be put on a solid foundation through this revitalization process and be given the opportunity to be free of WVU.
that guy

Saint Albans, WV

#12 Feb 25, 2013
I didn't say it wasn't a good school earlier. It was. I went there.
I'm saying it was on the way down long before WVU took over. Multiple administrations let the buildings and programs deteriorate. Tech is not the school it once was. And it will never be again.
And I repeat what I said. What student would want to attend there now? Up the holler, two lane roads, between the mountain and the river in a one horse dying town divided by the railroad tracks..

A very few years ago? Try 30 or 40. Hasn't been that way in years.

Most feel? The only thing keeping Tech afloat is WVU. When they go, so does Tech.
WVIT Alum

Alexandria, VA

#13 Feb 25, 2013
I was there in the mid 80's, i drove through the campus recently - it was so sad to see buildings crumbling - coed was in the process of being torn down -
Much work needs done there -
Not to mention Internet access etc
I would love to see WV Tech thrive again!
Tech Alum

Charleston, WV

#14 Feb 25, 2013
WVIT Alum wrote:
I was there in the mid 80's, i drove through the campus recently - it was so sad to see buildings crumbling - coed was in the process of being torn down -
Much work needs done there -
Not to mention Internet access etc
I would love to see WV Tech thrive again!
Most WVIT Alumni agree. Thanks to the affiliations with WVU, Tech has been caught in a political whirlwind that seems never to cease. There's a history in WV higher education of which most are unaware.

In 1996, the former Tech president John Carrier "gave" Tech to WVU completely free of charge.("Most" were of the opinion that he didn't have the leadership abilites to direct the campus, so he relinquished that duty to WVU.) That one higher education move caused a chain reaction in the state amongst presidents of other WV colleges. Those presidents did not want to be perceived as having the same objective for their colleges so they immediately distanced themselves from associating with Dr. Carrier.
Therein, became the rebranding of the college to university status occurred in the state. West Virginia had the highest percentage of rebranding of the college to university status in the United States. Changing to the university status was an effort to maintain independent governance for the other WV higher education institutions.

Today, thanks to the smart and intuitive moves of those presidents, those independent colleges have moved forward while Tech faces, to put it as a former Tech leader characterized, "the gradual dismantling of the campus under WVU."
your kidding me

Charleston, WV

#15 Feb 26, 2013
that guy wrote:
I didn't say it wasn't a good school earlier. It was. I went there.
I'm saying it was on the way down long before WVU took over. Multiple administrations let the buildings and programs deteriorate. Tech is not the school it once was. And it will never be again.
And I repeat what I said. What student would want to attend there now? Up the holler, two lane roads, between the mountain and the river in a one horse dying town divided by the railroad tracks..

A very few years ago? Try 30 or 40. Hasn't been that way in years.

Most feel? The only thing keeping Tech afloat is WVU. When they go, so does Tech.
This guy is exactly right...those very good buildings, in a prime area of South Charleston...now that's a waste, it's practically a campus just sitting there...but they let the clingers to the past ruin that idea. It would have flourished...Montgomery would still be a dump like it already is. You all don't get it, it's the location that's half the problem...WVU could sink millions into it, but your still in Montgomery!!
Montgomery Tech Supporter

Charleston, WV

#16 Feb 26, 2013
your kidding me wrote:
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This guy is exactly right...those very good buildings, in a prime area of South Charleston...now that's a waste, it's practically a campus just sitting there...but they let the clingers to the past ruin that idea. It would have flourished...Montgomery would still be a dump like it already is. You all don't get it, it's the location that's half the problem...WVU could sink millions into it, but your still in Montgomery!!
If that prime area of South Charleston offers so many opportunities, then why didn't WVU place its students there in 2007? If you will recall, WVU leaders considered that option, but after thorough study (which evidently wasn't done before trying to experiment with the Tech student on that location), decided against subjecting the WVU student to the questionable location.
If WVU had successfully handled the Montgomery campus during the last 17 years, there would be no need for the millions-of-dollar investment on the campus today. Seventeen very long years with WVU at the helm has produced the present Tech. Drastic low enrollment; inferior leadership through WVU; critical capital improvement needs; severe financial problems.

WVU would like very much to hide those facts, but the knows better.

WVU needs to be held responsible for its divisional campus in Montgomery. If President Clements weren’t handling the WVU campus any better than he is handling the Tech campus, then higher education personnel in the state of West Virginia would be looking for another leader for its flagship university.

Message clear?
Tech grad

Charleston, WV

#17 Feb 26, 2013
your kidding me wrote:
<quoted text>
This guy is exactly right...those very good buildings, in a prime area of South Charleston...now that's a waste, it's practically a campus just sitting there...but they let the clingers to the past ruin that idea. It would have flourished...Montgomery would still be a dump like it already is. You all don't get it, it's the location that's half the problem...WVU could sink millions into it, but your still in Montgomery!!
Please learn the use of you're vs. your. Your knowledge in various areas is lacking.
Terremce

Charleston, WV

#18 Feb 26, 2013
WVIT Alum wrote:
I was there in the mid 80's, i drove through the campus recently - it was so sad to see buildings crumbling - coed was in the process of being torn down -
Much work needs done there -
Not to mention Internet access etc
I would love to see WV Tech thrive again!
Please note that this alum noticed the crumbling buildings on Tech's side of the tracks. Montgomery is not in charge of those buildings.
Student

Belle, WV

#19 Feb 26, 2013
Montgomery and its council may very well be corrupt, but do not hate on the one life line that gives kids the opportunity to get away from this town and from people like you.
Candance

Charleston, WV

#20 Feb 26, 2013
Student wrote:
Montgomery and its council may very well be corrupt, but do not hate on the one life line that gives kids the opportunity to get away from this town and from people like you.
Tech is the lifeline for many of us students. Why do we have to beg for what other students already have? Revitalize the campus.
sam

AOL

#21 Feb 26, 2013
WVU Tech produces the best engineering students in this state. Yes, they do need better buildings, but what goes on in those class rooms is more important than what the buildings look like. Let us all support this fine institution and not speak harshly - this state and it's people should be proud of WVU Tech.

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