The State of West Virginia's Higher Education Collaborative:      The Erma Byrd Higher Education Center


Upcoming Event!

The US Senator Joe Manchin Job & Resource Fair to be held on Friday, October 28, 2016, from 11am until 2pm, at the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center with over 100 employers and resources participating!  Hiring will be taking place!  Please come and join us!


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Top 5 Participating Employers in Raleigh County are as follows:

Beckley ARH Hospital

Beckley VA Medical Center

Raleigh County School District

Raleigh General Hospital



Free classes/workshops will be held (during the US Senator Joe Manchin Job & Resource Fair) in Room E10 (Auditorium) of the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center and are as follows:

11:30 am        How to Market Yourself with an RBA Degree


Dr. Sarita Rhonemus, Director, Multi-Locations & Regents Bachelors of Arts (RBA) Program, Bluefield State College

Teresa Frey, Academic Advisor for Adults & Veteran Students, Concord University


12:00 noon      Create an Online Presence with LinkedIn  

 Presenter:        LinkedIn


1:00 p.m.         Interviewing Skills


Ken Lilly, Vice-President for Business, Appalachian Bible College

Richard Jarrell, Owner & Operator of Chick-Fil-A Beckley

Carrie Culicerto, New River CTC Career Services

We also offer "Get Ready Resources" to help you develop your career skills!  We will have a small health fair located in the Allied Health Wing offering free glucose and blood pressure checks!  Walgreens will be on site offering Flu-shots in the Allied Health Wing!

There will also be a Military Zone to enter the military service academies, join the military, or get an education through military service!  Please stop by and interact with over 100 employers and resources at 300 University Drive in Beaver, WV!  We look forward to seeing you!  This event is open to the public and you do not have to be a student to attend! To download or view the flyer, please click here!


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About The Erma Byrd Higher Education Center

The Erma Byrd Higher Education Center, located at 300 University Drive in Beaver, WV, was established in 2007 to provide higher education opportunities to the citizens of southern West Virginia.  Dedicated to the late Erma Byrd on October 8, 2007, the Center is the state's first higher education collaborative and is home to Bluefield State College, Concord University, and Marshall University.  Constructed by ZMM Architects & Engineers, the 33,000 SF center provides students the convenience of taking a variety of college classes offered by different colleges and universities in a single location. The facility consists of standard classrooms, distance learning classrooms, a science lab, computer classroom, a lecture hall, a multi-media library along with administrative office space for each college and university. 

The Center provides students with the convenience of driving to a single location, exploring several different college and university degree program options, enrolling in a degree program, and completing that degree at the same location.  The goal of the Center is to strengthen the economy of southern West Virginia through the creation of an educated citizenry that will meet the needs of business and industry. Through the unique collaboration of three colleges and the future joining of New River Community and Technical College,  this University Drive Higher Education Complex will provide different degree offerings ranging from that of a Certificate up to and including a Master's degree.

The building itself is an educational tool equipped with a wind turbine and solar panels that assist in reducing the overall utility cost.  This Higher Education Facility sets a new standard for the learning environment and energy efficiency. The building is designed to maximize use of natural light and has sensors throughout that control the artificial light level by measuring the amount of light present in the space.  The Erma Byrd Higher Education Center is the first collaborative in the State of West Virginia; and has proven to be successful since its inception in 2007.

In the Fall of 2015, a second collaborative opened its' doors adjacent to the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center known as The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission's Allied Health Wing.  The new Wing is home to Bluefield State College, Concord University, and New River Community & Technical College and is utilized for the allied health fields only.  The state of the art facility includes designated program laboratories and space, a shared conference room, four shared classrooms, and a shared faculty work area (which includes two faculty/student meeting rooms).  Students have the opportunity to complete programs in Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Emergency Medical Technology (EMT), Laboratory Technology, and Medical Assisting.  The Allied Health Wing is yet another example of an higher education collaborative (in southern West Virginia) working to meet the existing need for more health care workers.

The Erma Byrd Higher Education Center and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission's Allied Health Wing (both) are managed by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.