By Adrienne King
For The Fayette Tribune
Alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends gathered on the West Virginia University Institute of Technology campus during Homecoming weekend to hear the annual State of Tech address presented by CEO Carolyn Long. In Long’s first-ever State of Tech address, she reported on the university’s work towards the three Rs: Recruit. Retain. Rebuild.
She emphasized the institution’s focus on strategic recruitment targeting particular academic programs and specific areas of the country, including recruiting more out-of-state students than ever before. “We must be vigilant in offering majors and courses that are relevant today and produce graduates that are career-ready in fields that are in-demand in today’s society,” she said.
Referencing retention as the second key focus for WVU Tech, Long reported on the status of the new Student Success Center, slated to open in November, which will be the “nexus” of the university’s recruitment initiative. “It will make no difference if we get students here, and we have great faculty, if we don’t find ways to help them become successful,” she explained. “We are committed to seeing that every student needing assistance in any manner gets that helping hand.”
Rebuilding, Long explained, does not just refer to structures or campus buildings. Highlighting many of the recent campus renovations, including the Old Main restoration, electrical upgrades on campus, and Wi-Fi additions across campus, she commended the university’s staff for their efforts to improve the look and pride across campus.
Long continued, saying Tech must rebuild its reputation as an outstanding academic institution. “Throughout the challenges of the past few years,” she said, “our academic reputation has remained strong and we must continue to let the world know that WVU Tech is an institution that offers world-class academics and infinite possibilities for students.”
In closing Long reminded the campus that the institution’s focus on students must never be lost. “The past is wonderful to remember and cherish, the present is how we prepare these great young people for the future, and the future will be the results of what we are doing today,” she explained.
After showcasing the entries from the Homecoming student video contest, Long asked all WVU Tech students in attendance to stand and be recognized.
“What more can be said?” she asked. “Our future is in great hands. We must work together to ensure the continued growth and success of our beloved institution.”