History & Quick Facts
Pierpont Community & Technical College’s mission “is to provide accessible, responsive, education that works”.
Pierpont shares a beautiful 120-acre campus in Fairmont, West Virginia with Fairmont State University. With a population of about 19,000, Fairmont is located about 90 miles south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is the seat of government for Marion County.
Pierpont is part of the state’s growing high technology corridor with a metro area of about 50,000 residents. With a Fall 2015 enrollment of more than 2,100 students, we currently offer a combination of more than 40 Associate of Arts, Associate of Applied Science, Certificate of Applied Science degree programs, Advanced Skill Sets, and Skill Sets. We also offer a variety of courses at locations throughout our 13-county service region in North Central West Virginia, including the Braxton County Center in Flatwoods, WV, the Pierpont Center in Morgantown, WV, and the Lewis County Center in Weston, WV.
Pierpont has two branch campuses: the Gaston Caperton Center in Clarksburg, WV that houses the Physical Therapist Assistant AAS program and the Robert C. Byrd National Aerospace Center in Bridgeport, WV that offers Pierpont programs in Aviation Maintenance. Through our Center for Workforce Education (CWE) in downtown Fairmont, Pierpont provides workforce training and continuing education for the service region.
Historical Progression of Pierpont Community & Technical College
1974 - The Community College was established at Fairmont State College
1989 – Under the provisions of SB 420, governance for Fairmont State College and Fairmont State Community & Technical College was changed from the Board of Regents to the Board of Directors.
2000 – Fairmont State Community & Technical College established a campus compact under the provisions of SB 653 and began working toward the goal of independent accreditation.
2001 – Fairmont State College and Fairmont State Community & Technical College are appointed a shared Board of Governors.
2003 – Fairmont State Community & Technical College assumes responsibility for providing Community College education to five (5) of the counties formerly served by Glenville State College under the provisions of HB 2224
2003 – Fairmont State Community & Technical College hosted a site visit from the North Central Association in the spring of 2003. The college received notification of receipt of 10 year accreditation from the North Central Association on August 8, 2003.
2004 – SB 448 reclassified Blair Montgomery as President of Pierpont Community & Technical College and establishes a Local Consortium District for the Community College.
2006 – SB 792 renames Fairmont State Community & Technical College as Pierpont Community & Technical College and remerged it as a division of Fairmont State University.
2007 – Higher Learning Commission returns for a Focused Visit to remerge the accreditation of Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College.
2008 – HB 3215 requires separation of Pierpont Community & Technical College from Fairmont State University and provides the College with a separate Board of Governors (constituted in August 2008). Pierpont is again required to attain independent accreditation from FSU.
2008 – Higher Learning Commission held a Focus Visit at Pierpont and recommended that the accreditation achieved in 2003 be reinstated for Pierpont Community & Technical College.
2010 – Pierpont Community & Technical College Board of Governors selected Dr. Doreen M. Larson to serve as the second President of the institution starting on June 2010.
2014 – Higher Learning Commission approves continued accreditation after March 2014 site visit.
2015 – The Pierpont Board of Governors selected Dale Bradley, CFO and VP of Finance and Administration as the Interim President. Dale Bradley filled the vacancy created by Dr. Doreen M. Larson’s acceptance of the Presidential position at Edison Community College in Piqua, Ohio.
2016 – Pierpont Community & Technical College Board of Governors unanimously selected Dr. Johnny M. Moore to serve as the third president of the institution. President Moore took office on June 30, 2016.
2017 – Higher Learning Commission Site Visit Mid-Cycle Review Comprehensive Evaluation held on October 30-31.
2018-2019 – Pierpont Community & Technical College established its own Business/Finance, Enrollment Management /Student Services, and Human Resources Departments, broadening independence from the auxiliary services of Fairmont State University.
2019 – Higher Learning Commission held a Focused Site Visit on November 4-5.
2019 – A new Mission, Vision, and Tagline for Pierpont Community & Technical College was approved by the Pierpont Board of Governors on November 19.
2020 – Pierpont Community & Technical College launched its own independent student and learning management database, and created independent data and satalite centers throughout its 13 county service region, fully separating all IT service needs from Fairmont State University.
2021 - Pierpont Community & Technical College selected Anthony Hancock, Ph.D. to serve as Interim President (beginning 1/25/2021), replacing Dr. Johnny M. Moore who accepted a position to serve as Chancellor at Arkansas State University-Newport.
2023-2024 – Higher Learning Commission Reaffirmation of Accreditation visit scheduled for a Comprehensive Evaluation.