Pierpont Continuing Education offers a variety of short-term instructor-led courses to meet the needs of career seekers and for those already employed that wish to advance in their specific field.  Examples of career training and professional development courses are the following:


This miner orientation program is designed to prepare you for the WV Office of Miner’s Health and Safety’s certification exam, which is required to become an entry-level underground coal miner. You will be exposed to a general orientation in mining, mining health and safety, mine gases and ventilation, roof and ribs, haulage, emergency response, accident prevention and hazard recognition, and miner and operator rights and responsibilities. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. Class size is limited to 25 persons and attendance is mandatory as required by state law.



This program is delivered through a series of seminars that focus on topics and issues related to the acquisition and management of federal contracts.

It is a certificate program that consists of 96 total classroom hours presented in six two-day segments of 16 hours each. Sessions include lecture, experiential exercises, research, and conclude with a final exam. To attain a certificate, students must attend and complete the requirements of all six segments.

The facilitator for this program is a 30- year veteran of the federal government where she was responsible for contracting for complex supplies and services, as well as oversight of federal agencies and prime federal contractors to ensure equitable opportunity for small businesses.  She has worked with large, small, and international businesses in areas specific to the federal market.  She is a Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) and an undergraduate of Fairmont State University.  In addition, she holds a Masters in Business Administration from WVU.

Participants gain a broad understanding of the federal acquisition regulations and processes. This detailed knowledge is invaluable for those companies already performing federal contracts or those who want to do so. The structure of each segment includes both lecture and application of the material through a series of experiential team exercises. Course content includes an overview of the federal acquisition regulations (FAR), planning for strategic growth, marketing and winning federal contracts, negotiated procurement, financial requirements, and contract management.