Huntington Junior College

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Huntington Junior College
Established 1936
Type Private for-profit two-year college
Religious affiliation Non-sectarian
President Carolyn Smith
Undergraduates 802 (fall 2012)
Location 900 Fifth Avenue
Huntington
, West Virginia, United States
Coordinates: 38°25′11″N 82°26′36″W / 38.419722°N 82.443333°W / 38.419722; -82.443333
Campus Carnegie Public Library Building (alternatively known as the former Cabell County Public Library building)
Website www.huntingtonjuniorcollege.edu

Huntington Junior College is a private for-profit two-year post-secondary institution in the city of Huntington in the U.S. state of West Virginia.

Huntington Junior College was founded in 1936, and its campus is currently located in the former Cabell County Public Library building. The college offers eight associate's degree programs and three diploma programs in the fields of accounting, business management, computer information systems, dental assisting, medical assisting, medical classification, professional office administration, and realtime reporting. Huntington Junior College's realtime reporting program is the only judicial reporting educational program offered in West Virginia. Huntington Junior College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

History[edit]

Huntington Junior College is located in the former Cabell County Public Library building in Huntington, West Virginia.

During the mid-1930s, Huntington resident Chester A. Riley, Jr., identified the need for an institution to prepare the city's workforce for the skilled manufacturing and office positions that were available as a result of the area's economic growth.[1] Riley and his wife, Peggy, established Huntington Junior College in 1936 in downtown Huntington.[1][2][3] On its opening day, the college's faculty consisted of two teachers and its student population consisted of five secretarial students.[1][2] Its initial curriculum consisted of courses in shorthand, typing, and bookkeeping.[3] For its first two years in operation, Huntington Junior College was located at 920 Fifth Avenue, above the present location of Jim's Steak & Spaghetti House.[4] Chester A. Riley, Jr., served as the college's president for over 60 years.[3]

Around 1980, Huntington Junior College relocated to the former Cabell County Public Library building in downtown Huntington at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Ninth Street.[3] The college renovated the library building to accommodate its academic programs while preserving the structure's historic integrity.[3] On November 14, 1997, Huntington Junior College was accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.[5] Huntington Junior College commemorated its 75th anniversary of its establishment on August 31, 2011.[1] From its foundation in 1936 until 2011, more than approximately 5,200 people had graduated from Huntington Junior College.[2] In September 2012, the college was re-accredited through the 2021-2022 school year by The Higher Learning Commission.[6]

As of March 2014, Carolyn Smith is the president and director of Huntington Junior College.[7] Sharon Snoddy serves as the institution's chief fiscal officer and "secretary-treasurer," and Dr. Catherine Snoddy serves as its assistant director.[7]

Academics[edit]

According to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, Huntington Junior College is classified as an "exclusively undergraduate two-year" associate's college.[8]

Huntington Junior College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and it is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.[5][9][10] Its Realtime Reporting Associate Degree Program is accredited by the Council on Approved Student Education of the National Court Reporters Association.[9][11] The college's Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.[9][12]

Administration[edit]

As a private for-profit institution, Huntington Junior College is a corporation under the state laws of West Virginia.[3] As of March 2014, Carolyn Smith is the college's president and director and Sharon Snoddy serves as the corporation's "secretary-treasurer."[3] Dr. Catherine Snoddy serves as its assistant director.[7] The college is also advised by a Governing Board consisting of community business and academic leaders.[3] Its current members are Dr. Mary Marcuzzi, Christie Kinsey, Dr. Eddie Bowen, Dr. Warren Lutz, and Jonathan Brown.[3] The Governing Board provides guidance on the college's curricula and general operations.[3]

Curriculum[edit]

As of March 2014, Huntington Junior College offers eight associate's degree programs and three diploma programs in the fields of accounting, business management, computer information systems, dental assisting, medical assisting, medical classification, professional office administration, and realtime reporting.[3] Most of these programs are only offered through E-learning.[2] Huntington Junior College's realtime reporting program is the only judicial reporting educational program offered in West Virginia.[1]

Huntington Junior College utilizes the academic quarter calendar consisting of four three-month quarters of classes.[1]

Admissions and tuition[edit]

Huntington Junior College has an open admissions policy.[10]

In 2010, The Chronicle of Higher Education listed Huntington Junior College as having among the top ten highest three-year default rates for student loans among for-profit post-secondary institutions.[13][14] According to data research conducted by The Chronicle of Higher Education, 41% of students who had begun repaying their student loans in 2007 had defaulted within three years of commencing repayment; 199 of 483 students defaulted.[13][14]

Student body[edit]

Demographics of the student body[10]
(fall 2012)
Demographic Percentage
American Indian or
Alaska Native
0%
Asian 0%
Black or African American 10%
Hispanic/Latino 1%
Native Hawaiian or
other Pacific Islander
0%
White 85%
Two or more races 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown 0%
Non resident alien 0%

As of fall 2012, the student body totaled 802 students, according to the United States Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences.[10] The college has 20 full time total faculty and 14 part time faculty and a student-to-faculty ratio of 29 to 1.[10] According to fall 2011 data on undergraduate student age, 30% of the college's students were aged 24 and under and 70% of students were aged 25 and over.[10] Regarding the residence of the school's undergraduate students, 79% of students were in-state and 21% of students were out-of-state.[10] The majority (78%) of the students enrolled at Huntington Junior College are not enrolled in any distance education, with 17% enrolled only in distance education, and 5% enrolled in some distance education.[10]

Campus[edit]

Huntington Junior College is located in the former Cabell County Public Library building in downtown Huntington.[3] The Beaux-Arts style Carnegie library building was constructed between 1902 and 1903, with $35,000 of its funds donated by Andrew Carnegie.[15] Cabell County Public Library vacated the building in 1980, after which, the edifice was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on April 3, 1980.[16]

According to the United States Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences, Huntington Junior College is classified as having a small city campus setting.[10] There is no campus housing for the college's student population.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Pierson, Lacie (August 31, 2011). "Huntington Junior College celebrates 75 years". The Herald-Dispatch (Huntington, West Virginia). Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d Snoddy, Catherine (March 6, 2011). "Huntington Junior College celebrating 75 years of learning". The Herald-Dispatch (Huntington, West Virginia). Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "History". Huntington Junior College. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ Lineberry, William (June 3, 2011). "Junior college celebrates milestone graduation". The Herald-Dispatch (Huntington, West Virginia). Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Currently or Previously Affiliated Institutions: Huntington Junior College". The Higher Learning Commission. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Huntington Jr. College receives accreditation". The Herald-Dispatch (Huntington, West Virginia). September 16, 2012. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c "Faculty and Staff". Huntington Junior College. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Institution Profile: Huntington Junior College". Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c "Accreditation". Huntington Junior College. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "College Navigator: Huntington Junior College". United States Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Schools & Programs: Certified Schools". National Court Reporters Association. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  12. ^ "CAAHEP Accredited Program Search: Huntington Junior College". Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "For-Profit Colleges Face Risk Under New Rule". The Chronicle of Higher Education (Washington, D.C.). July 11, 2010. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  14. ^ a b Rosenberger, Bill (July 15, 2010). "Huntington Junior College among top 10 in three-year default rates". The Herald-Dispatch (Huntington, West Virginia). Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  15. ^ Michael J. Pauley and Rodney S. Collins (July 1979). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Carnegie Public Library". State of West Virginia, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  16. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 

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