The Greater Bluefield area continues to encourage educational growth and achievement. The area
offers a multitude of traditional and special education programs. As a community, we are fortunate to have so many educational opportunities available in our region.
A wide spectrum of both public and private K-12 education opportunities provides families with many choices in the Mercer/Tazewell area. The area school systems incorporate technology with traditional classroom teaching techniques. Many of the schools have video classrooms for distance learning, which provides links to local colleges, universities and other area secondary schools. In addition, there is a long tradition of private education, providing choices that accommodate individual religious beliefs and different preferences for educational methods and approaches.
Higher Education in the Bluefields
Area residents do not need to travel far from home to seek a higher education. Whether it be a recent high school graduate or the working adult wanting to obtain a college degree, excellence abounds among area institutions offering individuals a variety of learning environments from large, diverse campuses to a small, denominational setting. This region has top-notch technical education with several schools for specialization, as well as private and public colleges and an internationally recognized university. Many of the colleges and universities in the region stress international learning. Students come from a variety of foreign countries to learn about our people and culture.
Tazewell County is home to Southwest Virginia Community College, which offers over 70 different programs of study leading to associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and career studies certificates.
Bluefield College, located in Bluefield, Virginia is a private four-year, Christ-centered, liberal arts college that offers 17 majors. The college boosts nationally recognized academic and athletic programs. While attending Bluefield College students will have an opportunity to see and change the world through international mission trips that have included: South Africa, China, Austria and South America.
Bluefield State College is a four-year state supported commuter college serving southern West Virginia with a primary thrust in the direction of career, and technical two and four year programs. The college offers a variety of baccalaureate and associate degrees that include business, teacher education, arts & science, nursing and engineering technologies. The recently renovated W. Paul Cole School of Business houses the most modern in technological equipment of any institution in West Virginia.
Concord University, founded in 1872 in Athens, West Virginia, is a four-year public liberal arts university with a student-to-faculty ratio of 22:1. Approximately 2,700 students attend the university and have opportunities to study abroad in countries like Germany, England, Spain and Scotland. The University has been ranked multiple times by “U.S. News & World’s Report’s America Best Colleges.”
National College, with a new 18,000 square foot campus, offers bachelor’s and associate’s degrees and diploma programs. New River Community and Technical College has a local campus that provides comprehensive high-quality post-secondary education, and workforce training programs to meet the needs of business and the community. Other quality education opportunities in technical and certificate program include Valley College, Mercer County Technical Education Center and Tazewell County Career and Technical Center.
New River Community and Technology College offers a variety of classes in Mercer County. In addition, technical programs are offered at the Advanced Technology Center in Ghent, WV.
Mercer-Tazewell Reading Bee project received a donation from the Comunity Foundtion of the Virginias at the November 2015 board meeting of the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce.
Picture: Carol Dodson, Marie Blackwell, Community Foundation board: Michael Johnson, Chair, Mercer-Tazewell Reading Bee Project: Becky Ritter, Vice Chair, Community Life Division: Teresa Barringer, Chairman of the Board: and Randy Mooney, Bluefield Daily Telegraph.