Economic Development

Economic Development

The Workforce and Economic Development Division (WED) at West Virginia University at Parkersburg is committed to supporting the college’s mission of providing “accessible, life changing educational opportunities in a safe and supportive environment.” WED’s focus is on improving the personal, professional, technical, economic, and developmental training needs of our students as individuals as well as for our local businesses and industries. We provide high quality, cost effective programs and consulting services which result in improved performance and outcomes for the participating individuals and corporations.

Community Education

Our affordable Community Education Courses offer many aspects, from hobbies such as cooking and gardening, to learning basic skills of photography and computer. We have something for YOU.

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Corporate Training

At Workforce & Economic Development’s Corporate Training Center, we strive to provide high quality, training to your entire workforce.

  • Safety Training

    Workforce and Economic Development also offers a wide variety of  corporate, construction and manufacturing safety training. Listed below  are a few selected courses we currently teach. Other training  opportunities  can  be developed by trained experts in the field as needs arise.

  • Online Training with Ed2go

    Online classes through WVU Parkersburg’s Workforce & Economic Development are an easy, affordable way for you to get the training you need to take your career to the next level.

  • Small Business Development Center

    The Small Business Development Center located at West Virginia University at Parkersburg is dedicated to providing service to the region’s business community.


Technical Studies A.A.S.

This degree is designed specifically to provide cooperatively sponsored educational opportunities leading to an associate degree for...


Occupational Development A.A.S.

The Associate in Applied Science Degree in Occupational Development is a statewide program involving various colleges within the WV Higher...