— Valley College offers accessible, affordable education.

Founded in 1987, Valley College (287 Aikens Center, Martinsburg) offers three programs that can be pursued on campus: Medical Clinical Assistant (MCA); Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning; and Certified Nursing Assistant.

Additionally, there are five online programs offered: Medical Front Office Billing and Coding; Medical Administrative Assistant; Health Services Administration (associate’s degree); Business Administration (associate’s degree); and Cyber Security (associate’s degree).

All programs are Certificate/Diploma programs unless otherwise noted, and the most popular are the MCA programs, followed by the online medical programs, as well as HVAC.

“Our students complete short-term programs, and we assist them with job placement upon graduation,” said Campus Director Brandon Bowers.

New students are able to begin every three weeks. They take one class at a time, each lasting three weeks, and the courses build upon each other via a tiered system. Individual attention is provided, as class sizes typically don’t exceed 18 students. In addition, the college ensures that students are only taking courses that will benefit them as they move forward in their professions.

“We have a very hands-on approach,” added Bowers. “We get a lot of students transferring from other schools, and because of our resources, they win here. Not only do they graduate, they start new careers. We have very high retention, graduation, and employment rates—all of which are above national averages and above other local colleges.”

Valley College only offers in-demand programs. People seeking both employment and career training will likely find what they’re looking for at Valley. In fact, students can start classes this summer and be working in a new field by this time next year.

“Our job is to take a student from wherever they are in life, train them to be excellent professionals in their new career field, prepare them for industry-specific certifications, and help them land a job in that field,” emphasized Bowers.

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