College Credit Opportunities for Students Still in High School:

WVU Parkersburg offers high school students the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. Taking  college courses while still in high school can result in considerable cost savings for the student and has been shown to  increase academic achievement. All college-level courses earned are transferable to other West Virginia colleges and universities and to most other institutions of higher education throughout the nation.

Early College Program:

Early College classes are college classes offered to select high school students either on the campus of WVU Parkersburg, online, or at the student’s high school. Early College classes usually include general education courses. Early College classes are subject to tuition and fee charges. According to West Virginia state policies, students still enrolled in high school are not eligible for financial aid.

Early College Student Qualifications:
To qualify for early college status, applicants must:

All college-level courses earned are transferable to other West Virginia colleges and universities and to most other institutions of higher education throughout the nation; however, it is up to the receiving institution to determine the application of any credits received at WVU at Parkersburg.

More information about the Early College program is available at or by
contacting the Center for Student Services at (304) 424-8208.

EDGE (Earn a Degree-Graduate Early):

EDGE stands for Earn a Degree – Graduate Early. The EDGE program makes it possible for participants to earn free community and technical college credit in West Virginia while still in high school. EDGE courses generally consist of skilled and career technical classes offered in high schools and technical centers, such as welding or early childhood development. Since EDGE credits are offered as high school credit which can be articulated into college credit, there is no charge for EDGE courses. Based on WVCTC Series 28 policy, a complete listing of current EDGE credits at WVU at Parkersburg is available at


Caperton Center for Applied Technology:

West Virginia University at Parkersburg, Wood County Schools, and area businesses, industrieas, and laborers are collaborating as partners to prepare and develop the region’s workforce to meet the needs of current and potential employers. The Caperton Center for Applied Technology offers the best the region has to offer in instruction and training for those interested in the challenges of sophisticated technology careers. Wood County Schools’ high school students can pursue college programs while in high school and earn college credit while enrolled in the Caperton Center.


300 Campus Drive, Parkersburg, WV 26104-8647 | Voice: 304-424.8000 | Fax: 304-424.8315 | Toll-Free: 1-800-WVA-WVUP (WV/OH)
Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission
A member institution of the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution