Jun 15, 2024  
2018-2019 College Catalog 
2018-2019 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Information

Message From the President

Welcome to West Virginia Northern Community College. As the compass in our logo indicates, we are here to help you find your direction.  Whatever you are seeking in your college education, we can help you find it.

If you are looking for a certificate or associate’s degree program that prepares you for immediate employment upon graduation, we have it.  Northern has programs in health care, business, industrial technologies, information technologies, criminal justice, human services, and culinary arts to prepare you for exciting careers.

Is your ultimate goal a bachelor’s degree?  Northern is the ideal place to start as we have a number of programs that transfer to four-year institutions.  We have numerous articulation agreements with regional colleges and universities which greatly facilitate the transfer process.  By starting at Northern and taking advantage of the transfer programs, you can stay at home, save money and possibly continue working while taking classes.

Looking for classes conveniently located in the Northern Panhandle?  Northern has you covered with campuses in Weirton, Wheeling, and New Martinsville.  All three of our friendly campuses are attractive and equipped with instructional technologies that will assist your learning.

Do you have work or family responsibilities requiring flexible scheduling?  Northern can help you with the wide variety of on-line courses and programs.

Affordability is an important consideration in mapping your college education.  Northern is listed in the U.S. Department of Education List of Top 100 Community College for Lowest Net Tuition in the nation.  In addition, the financial aid department stands ready to assist students in applying for financial aid.  Northern also offers a large number of scholarship opportunities.

Maybe you are looking for a college where you can participate in student organizations.  At Northern, you’ll find a wide array of student activities to enrich your college experience outside the classroom.  Additionally, numerous student organizations provide you opportunities to expand leadership abilities, participate in discipline-related activities, and be involved in service opportunities, all while having fun.

As you navigate the college experience, you’ll discover amazing faculty and staff who are committed to helping you succeed.  Northern has excellent faculty who are experts in their fields, and most faculty in the technical fields have industry experience which allows them to connect the classroom to the work environment.  The friendly staff on all campuses care about you as an individual and are here to help you along the way.

Whatever direction you are going in, we are here to help you.  Accessible classes, affordable education, expert faculty, caring staff, quality programs for a career or further education, a variety of student activities - Northern has what you’re seeking.

We are glad you are here and we look forward to helping you to find your direction and achieve your goals.



J. Michael Koon

Interim President

College Snapshot

  • Coeducational, Tri-Campus, Public, Two-Year Comprehensive Community College.
  • Established July 1, 1972, by the West Virginia Board of Regents.
  • Programs in Liberal Arts and Sciences, Career-Technical, Workforce Development, Developmental Education, and Community and Continuing Education.
  • “Open-Door” Admissions Policy for College.

Mission Statement

West Virginia Northern Community College’ s mission is to educate and empower individuals to achieve academic and career goals, leading to a highly skilled, well-rounded, and accomplished workforce which successfully competes and adapts in a global economy.

The College responds to the needs of the region it serves by offering a high-quality learning environment that is accessible, safe, and accommodating while nurturing teamwork and community service.

Vision Statement

West Virginia Northern Community College is recognized and admired for being a community of learners who model integrity, mutual respect, and a commitment to excellence. The College purposefully strives to:

  • Empower students to be successful.
  • Achieve continued growth.
  • Respect diversity.
  • Be responsive and adaptive.
  • Value personal growth and development.
  • Be fiscally responsible.
  • Be entrepreneurial whether in the classroom or online.
  • Enhance partnerships and community service.

A Pledge to Students

We, the faculty, staff and administrators of West Virginia Northern Community College, reaffirm our commitment to our common mission:

Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

As members of an academic community, we pledge to unite ourselves to support the success of all who wish to learn.

As faculty, we are a community of scholars who place a top priority on teaching, learning and advising.

As staff, we serve the students and the College by facilitating and enhancing the total educational process.

As administrators, we provide leadership for the development of students, faculty and staff; and we accept the responsibility for quality and accountability for the total development of the Upper Ohio Valley.

At Northern, the values of a college education and service take precedence over the values of wealth and status.

Compliance Process Updates

In keeping with the federal legislation, state of West Virginia legislative changes and regulations, including the Higher Education Opportunity Act, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, as amended, the Clery Act including the Campus SAVE and VAWA regulations, WVNCC is creating and/or updating processes, policies and procedures to comply with these changes. At the time of this publication the following are being reviewed (list is a sample and not all-inclusive):

  • Code of Conduct policy.
  • Academic Affairs appeal policy.

For additional details, contact the appropriate area of the College. As the College responds to these changes and mandates, information will be made available on the College’s website and through student notifications, etc., as necessary.