The community college is founded
Fairmont State Community & Technical College was founded in 1974 as part of Fairmont State College. It served the region and the state for more than 25 years as a component of FSC.
The State of West Virginia recognized the need for increased flexibility and visibility for community colleges in the state, and began to move towards autonomy for the state's C&TCs. FSC&TC received independent accreditation in 2003.
A president for FSC&TC
Gov. Bob Wise signed a historic bill on April 7, 2004, that created two big changes. Fairmont State College's name changed to Fairmont State University. And Blair Montgomery became FSC&TC's first president.
FSC&TC renamed Pierpont C&TC
On July 1, 2006, FSC&TC became a Division of FSU and was renamed Pierpont Community & Technical College. The name "Pierpont" is historically and symbolically significant. Francis H. Pierpont, a Fairmont native, served as Governor of the Restored State of Virginia during the Civil War and played a key role in the birth of West Virginia. He also serves as an example of a successful "non-traditional" student, working his way through school as a tanner and brick layer. Interestingly, he also served on the Board of the institution that would one day become Fairmont State University (the institution that gave birth to Pierpont Community & Technical College.)
Pierpont: Independent and Engaged with the Region
On July 1, 2007, the state Legislature again required separate accreditation for Pierpont C&TC, and placed Pierpont under the direction of its own Board of Governors.
Proud of its heritage and its history of partnering to serve, Pierpont is committed to working with our local communities, employers, and all educational entities (from preK-12 through career-technical programs and other higher education institutions) to serve our region and state.