Higher education: New college will cr...

Higher education: New college will create 66 jobs

There are 21 comments on the Bluefield Daily Telegraph story from Dec 22, 2010, titled Higher education: New college will create 66 jobs. In it, Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports that:

Higher education New college will create 66 jobs A county that has already successfully launched the Appalachian School of Law and the Appalachian College of Pharmacy is preparing to grow again with the proposed Appalachian College of Optometry.

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here to stay

United States

#1 Jan 11, 2011
The last two did not make our connty any better made it worse for the people who made this county their fathers an grandfathers went between the two rocks to make a better life for their kids not for the people that are here so we dont want a collage town we want our jobs an we want a town an schools for our kids
yeah

Roanoke, VA

#2 Jan 11, 2011
here to stay wrote:
The last two did not make our connty any better made it worse for the people who made this county their fathers an grandfathers went between the two rocks to make a better life for their kids not for the people that are here so we dont want a collage town we want our jobs an we want a town an schools for our kids
Yeah, I don't think you understand that unless this area gets more development, which it won't unless more people come here, there will be no jobs. The coal won't last forever. It may last until YOU die, but what about your grandkids. Grundy can't keep going like it was. It would grow to be a ghost town. The students spend their money in town. That generates money for the town. Use a little common sense...

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#3 Jan 11, 2011
But if it weren't for the law school, I wouldn't be here. And you're forgetting how much you all love me.
zinnia

Grundy, VA

#4 Jan 11, 2011
here to stay wrote:
The last two did not make our connty any better made it worse for the people who made this county their fathers an grandfathers went between the two rocks to make a better life for their kids not for the people that are here so we dont want a collage town we want our jobs an we want a town an schools for our kids
I want a college town or a down town with an up town, a "It's a Wonderful Life" kinda town, it could be a small town but without being colonial like Jamestown. But I don't want a ghost town, and my grandfather (who went between the two rocks to make a better living too) doesn't want one either. Having lived and survived as long as he has, believing in getting an education to make a better living rather than going into the "guts of the earth" is something I think I'll take note of. And if colleges want to come here so others may further their education, more power to them! Maybe their relatives won't have to watch them suffer with black lung, struggling just to breathe.
Well

New Hope, VA

#5 Jan 11, 2011
Too bad we can't spend millions of dollars to help school children, teachers, and get clean drinking water for our own citizens.
yeah

Roanoke, VA

#6 Jan 11, 2011
Well wrote:
Too bad we can't spend millions of dollars to help school children, teachers, and get clean drinking water for our own citizens.
Yeah, the money that funds this stuff doesn't come from the pockets of the people in Grundy...it comes from other sources. It's money that wouldn't make it to anyone in Grundy in the first place so why be negative about it? At least the county gets money from the students spending their money here. It is also helping people in the area to further their education without having to travel somewhere else. If you want to do something about the teachers and drinking water, go to where they can actually do something about it.
zinnia

Grundy, VA

#7 Jan 11, 2011
Well wrote:
Too bad we can't spend millions of dollars to help school children, teachers, and get clean drinking water for our own citizens.
Both my grandfather and daddy said the coal was taxed per ton (is it still?) but the tax money didn't stay here. It went east. Now, we can't do anything about past money lost, but if it is still taxed (even though there is less coal to tax) couldn't that be used here as it should anyway? And how would we go about seeing to it? Also, where is our lottery money that is suppose to be used for our schools? Does our county get its share and how much is it?
zinnia

Grundy, VA

#8 Jan 11, 2011
Mr_Badguy wrote:
But if it weren't for the law school, I wouldn't be here. And you're forgetting how much you all love me.
lol....I love Badguy *kissy* You provide comic relief! ;)
wondering

United States

#9 Jan 11, 2011
Does anyone know how many of the jobs would go to local people?
my vote

Grundy, VA

#10 Jan 11, 2011
The schools in discussion have my vote...
Don R

Port Republic, VA

#11 Jan 11, 2011
I'll just betcha' that someone from the county will get to be the janitor at the optometry school and maybe a couple of folks will get to be secretaries or clerks. The rest of the jobs will go to nonresidents.
zinnia

Grundy, VA

#12 Jan 11, 2011
Don R wrote:
I'll just betcha' that someone from the county will get to be the janitor at the optometry school and maybe a couple of folks will get to be secretaries or clerks. The rest of the jobs will go to nonresidents.
If they have families who enroll in our schools, then the state would give the school system more money and employ more teachers. In the mean time, the students who enroll could possibly bring families as well doing the same thing.

In all honesty, if they drug test before hiring I don't think more than a handful could pass anyway. Wait--what's wrong with secretaries or clerks?? And if they give benefits like the law school and pharmacy school then that's all the better!
And I do know of 7 local people who are employed by either the ACL or ASP.
Wow

New Hope, VA

#13 Jan 11, 2011
If....
That's a big word. How many jobs were created from ACP or ASL? How many students, by percentage, live in the county? How many professors, by percentage, are living in the county? I have personally met almost everyone at both schools and their families. I can tell you that neither school has the local jobs that were initially promised. The new school is asking for $6,000,000 over the next 3 years! The county budget is roughly $45,000,000 which means that nearly 4% is going to the school. This money could be used to help school consolidation, school staff shortages, cafeteria programs, clean drinking water, sewage, etc, etc.
Don R

Port Republic, VA

#14 Jan 11, 2011
Our Supervisors just gave away a million of our tax dollars for the promise of a few very low paying jobs. We are also committed for a lot more financial support in the future. And that money came from the County's operating funds. It could have been used for many other needs.
Wow

New Hope, VA

#15 Jan 11, 2011
Don R wrote:
Our Supervisors just gave away a million of our tax dollars for the promise of a few very low paying jobs. We are also committed for a lot more financial support in the future. And that money came from the County's operating funds. It could have been used for many other needs.
Exactly.
This money didn't come from a grant or another source but from the revenue from county taxes and it's residents. If Richmond, CEDA, or Uncle Sam wants to give us the funds to build 100 private schools then I'll help lay the bricks but with the limited funds currently in trust and especially looking at it over the next decade this is a very speculative project with soft numbers backing it.
sara

Pikeville, KY

#16 Jan 14, 2011
Wow wrote:
If....
That's a big word. How many jobs were created from ACP or ASL? How many students, by percentage, live in the county? How many professors, by percentage, are living in the county? I have personally met almost everyone at both schools and their families. I can tell you that neither school has the local jobs that were initially promised. The new school is asking for $6,000,000 over the next 3 years! The county budget is roughly $45,000,000 which means that nearly 4% is going to the school. This money could be used to help school consolidation, school staff shortages, cafeteria programs, clean drinking water, sewage, etc, etc.
Who wants school consolidation anyway? I sure dont there has been enough of it now, making our children ride the buses for 15-20 minutes longer, ask the children and bet they will tell you that they dont like it.
Wow

Columbia, SC

#17 Jan 17, 2011
Sorry. I meant to say "to prevent school consolidation".
here to stay

United States

#18 Mar 5, 2011
Mr_Badguy wrote:
But if it weren't for the law school, I wouldn't be here. And you're forgetting how much you all love me.
Well just HURRY UP an LEAVE ppeople here would like to have theLAW SCHOOL back for their kids
Unemployed WASP

Irvine, CA

#19 Mar 14, 2011
Great! More gobblement employees to support. Privatize all public education.
Get real

Grundy, VA

#20 Mar 15, 2011
here to stay wrote:
<quoted text>Well just HURRY UP an LEAVE ppeople here would like to have theLAW SCHOOL back for their kids
And do you REALLY think the county is going to turn THAT building back into an elementary school????

And while I agree the kids of this county definitely need an education, it IS nice to talk to someone who doesn't think the biggest news to break is the new release of Halo! And if it will employ more people then all the better.....I'm just surprised they are able to find 66 people to pass the drug test!

Nothing short of a miracle is going to prevent school consolidation and if necessary teacher cuts, that egg has been incubating for quite a few years. The new census adds more fuel to that fire and the perfect excuse. Hopefully the new college might attract MORE people HERE. And maybe, if we're blessed, they can ALL pass a drug test on the first go!

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