Jul 13, 2024  
2020-2021 College Catalog 
2020-2021 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Information

Message From the President

Welcome to West Virginia Northern Community College!

Our College is a community resource and educational haven for students of all ages and backgrounds.  Whether you are the first in your family to attend college, are from a long line of college graduates, or are participating in one of our workforce development programs, you are in the right place to make your mark on the world.

Many students come to earn an associate degree.  Some complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree here then transfer to a university to earn a bachelor’s degree.  Many others seek a certificate in career training to develop job skills and enter the workforce as our community’s nurses, chefs, teachers, accountants, entrepreneurs, and more.  High school juniors and seniors can enroll in our dual enrollment courses and earn college credit while in high school - saving money and shortening their path to a degree.  Still others take courses for personal enrichment, to learn and to grow.

As the compass in our logo indicates, we are here to help you navigate your journey.  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 that streamline the transfer process and can save you tens of thousands of dollars.  By starting at Northern and taking advantage of these transfer programs, you can stay at home, save money, and possibly continue working while completing your degree.

If you are seeking industry certification, or an associate degree that prepares you for immediate employment upon completion, we have that too.  Northern has programs in health care, business, industrial technologies, information technologies, criminal justice, human services, culinary arts, and others to prepare you for an exciting career.

Affordability is an important consideration when navigating your college experience.  Northern is listed in the U.S. Department of Education List of Top 100 Community Colleges for Lowest Net Tuition in the nation.  In addition, our financial aid department stands ready to assist you in identifying and applying for federal financial aid and West Virginia Invests.  Northern also offers many private scholarship opportunities.

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 campuses are attractive and equipped with the latest instructional technologies that will assist your learning.

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

As you navigate your 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 our technical programs have professional experience that enables them to connect the classroom to the work environment.  Our friendly staff on all campuses care about you and are here to help you along your path.

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

I look forward to seeing you on one of our campuses.


Daniel Mosser, 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.