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Due to recent success with Orrick and Williams Lea, Wheeling has demonstrated an ability to attract shared services operations; and would not be considered a pioneering location. Of particular interest to new prospects will be the community’s ability to repeat this success
Prior to Orrick and Williams Lea similar skill sets have primarily been represented by customer service centers and banks. The Wheeling area’s current customer service operations, although limited in scale, could be a source of trained work force that can be tapped for further growth in this industry
Representative Employers Source: Regional Economic Development Partners (RED) Major Financial Services and Office Employers Type Employment 1 WesBanco Bank 642 2 Orrick Shared Svc 118 3 Williams Lea Document Svc 36 4 United Bank Bank 5 Chase Bank 6 Progressive Bank 7 Sky Bank Bank 8 Main Street Bank 9 Wachovia Securities 10 Wheeling Pitt Corp. Office Major Call Center Employers Type Employment 1 Teletech Call Center 485 2 WesBanco Corporate HQ 351 3 Blue Cross Customer Svc 200 4 Datatrac Customer Svc 120 5 Orrick Shared Svc 118 6 Verizon Customer Svc 40 7 Santco Medical Billing 40 8 Williams Lea Document Svc 36 9 Health Plan Customer Svc 10 Epixtar Marketing Major IT/Technical Employers Type Employment 1 Wheeling Island Gaming 973 2 Orrick Shared Services 118 3 NTTC Fed Tech Transfer 61 4 HGO Tech Network 60 5 WVHTC IP Mgmt 49 6 OLETC Law Enf. Tech 16 7 Touchstone Lab 8 Stratuswave Broadband 9 Fibernet Broadband 10CET
Top 10 Largest Employers in Ohio County, West Virginia (Wheeling, WV)
Wheeling Hospital, Inc. 2100
Ohio Valley Medical Center 1900
Ohio County Board of Education 1200
Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino Racetrack 950
Cabela’s Retail & Warehouse 800
Wheeling Park Commission – varies by season 600 – 1,000
The objectives of the Deloitte investigation were to understand and report on the merits of the Wheeling, West Virginia economic area as a location for shared services/transaction processing operations (primary focus of study)
Identify key themes for inclusion in area marketing and promotion materials, and opportunities to improve the area’s ability to attract Shared Service operations
Recent successes in the attraction of Shared Service Centers (SSCs) into the Wheeling economic area—specifically Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, and Williams Lea—have prompted Regional Economic Development Partnership (RED), the investment attraction and promotion agency in Wheeling to focus its investment attraction efforts on SSCs and related activities
With the support of a combination of government and non-government organizations consisting of the State of West Virginia, local economic development agencies, and Verizon, RED has commenced an initiative to develop a targeted marketing campaign focused on the attraction of Shared Service operations into the area
In support of the initiative, RED asked Deloitte Consulting to conduct an assessment into the merits of the Wheeling, West Virginia economic area as a potential location for shared services / transaction processing operations
Within a 30 minute commute of Wheeling there is a sizable population and workforce:
Labor Force: 90,000
Finance, Insurance and Real Estate professionals: 4,500
IT professionals: 290
An average commute to work is reportedly within 30 minutes
Labor Shed Characteristics Target Labor within 30-minute Drive Time Target Labor within 45-minute Drive Time Labor in Targeted Industries Labor in Targeted Industries Labor Force 180,000 Total Pop. 358,000 Total Pop. 184,500 Labor Force 90,000 Source: Claritas’ iMark Database
drivetime areas are used primarily to compare locations using uniform criteria
drivetimes are based on algorithmic calculations, and may vary somewhat from actual
driving from Wheeling CBD to Pittsburgh International Airport typically takes approximately 1 hour
FIRE = 4,500 IT = 290 FIRE = 7,450 IT = 560
Wheeling’s Location & Demographics 3 County Region Allegheny County, PA United States < 10 minutes 10-19 minutes 20-29 minutes 30-39 minutes 40-59 minutes 60-89 minutes 90 + minutes Work at home Commuting times of our region’s workforce compared to Pittsburgh, PA and the United States Source: US Census Bureau 3.26% 2.5% 2.67% 2.68% 1.58% 3.06% 5.04% 4.18% 3.89% 10.39% 12.15% 8.36% 15.26% 17.6% 10.26% 19.62% 22.01% 18.54% 29.82% 28.50% 34.86% 13.93% 11.47% 18.36%
Turnover and unemployment rates indicate an ability to sustain an operation in the market with limited difficulty
Majority of employers interviewed cite particularly low employee turnover rates as well as strong quality of work ethic
Recent employment trends indicate that while labor force declined unemployment remained stable; potentially indicating an exit of labor from the local market. This indicates a qualified workforce potentially available, but currently not located in our region.
Financial Services and Office Employers Organization Type Annual Turnover Corporate Back Office <5% Call Center 30-60% Shared Services Center <3% Bank 10-15% IT / Tech Support 5-10% Employee Retention and Turnover Source: Interviews with employers and recruiters, US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics Employment Trends Labor Force Unemployment Rate 1990 1992 1994 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006 1990 1992 1994 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006
Wheeling’s Location & Demographics Cost of Doing Business
Overall, Wheeling has relatively low structural operating costs
Companies considering Wheeling as a location for operations could expect cost savings of approximately:
* 10%-15% relative to the national average, and
* 25%-30% relative to major urban centers (i.e. San Francisco, New York)
From a labor perspective, Wheeling has a two tier cost structure:
* Local structure for lower skilled positions including Level 1 standard processing, standard support, general inquiry activities, and Level 2 (custom processing, custom product support) activities
* Regional structure for higher skilled positions for Levels 3 activities (supervision, Q/A and Q/C and Level 4 activities (Management, expert escalation/resolution)
Overall, Wheeling has relatively low structural operating costs
Companies considering Wheeling as a location for operations could expect cost savings of approximately
10%-15% relative to the national average, and
25%-30% relative to major urban centers (i.e. San Francisco, New York)
From a labor perspective, Wheeling has a two tier cost structure:
Local structure for lower skilled positions including Level 1 standard processing, standard support, general inquiry activities, and Level 2 (custom processing, custom product support) activities
Regional structure for higher skilled positions for Levels 3 activities (supervision, Q/A and Q/C) and Level 4 activities (Management, expert escalation/resolution)
Labor Costs Source: Interviews with local employers, recruiting agencies, community representatives, utility providers, local developers, loopnet, Economic Research Institute, CoStar
Does not include benefits (typically 30%)
Wage ranges for Levels 1 and 2 are based on reported median (50 th percentile)
Wage ranges for Levels 3 and 4 are based on 75 th percentile
Level 2 $20k-$35k Level 4 $60k-$90k Level 1 $14k-$20k Level 3 $30k-$60k 20 40 50 60 80 $ /Per Year (Thousands) 70 90 30 Net Monthly Occupancy Cost Class A CBD Class B CBD 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 $ / Per Square Foot (NNN) / Year $9.00-$22.00 $5.00-$15.00 Utilities Costs Real Estate Costs Electric $0.045-$0.050/kWh Telecom (T1) $575 - $750/mo .02 .04 .05 .03 500 1000 1500 2000 IT HR / F&A
Based on reported available space
Based on rates provided by dominant carriers for office related projects
Costs do not vary by sub-markets
Infrastructure Spatial Overview Southpointe, near Canonsburg is a Class A office development in suburban Pittsburgh Washington, PA serves as a psychological boundary between the Pittsburgh and Wheeling labor sheds. Those living west and south tend to prefer the commute to Wheeling; likewise those living to the north and east prefer the commute to Pittsburgh Pittsburgh is the largest regional employment center and higher level jobs have to be attracted from at or above Pittsburgh wages St. Clairsville, OH is a commuter residential community for Wheeling and also has most of the shopping and entertainment amenities Wheeling CBD has most of the infrastructure needed for a new shared services facility and building stock that can be adapted to modern office needs but lacks adequate parking The Highlands, located at Dallas Pike, is a new and upcoming retail/ commercial development in the County where Cabela’s is located Wheeling St. Clairsville St. Clairsville The Highlands Wheeling CBD
Two primary areas were identified as likely candidates for new office development – Wheeling CBD and The Highlands Development
Wheeling CBD, with existing building stock, infrastructure, transportation access, and it’s architectural heritage, is an attractive choice for locating a new business. To encourage downtown growth, the city may benefit from optimization of parking
Wheeling Area The nearest regional employment center on the Ohio side of the panhandle is Columbus, however the Columbus labor shed does not generally compete with Wheeling 45-minute drive time estimate
Infrastructure (continued) Indicates presence of fiber optic loop in Wheeling CBD. Actual configuration has been withheld due to proprietary reasons Electrical Substation
Electrical and Telecommunications
T1 lines can be made available to any site in Wheeling and direct-to-site optic fiber can also be run as required. Wheeling CBD has a fiber loop and the Highlands development is serviced by a separate fiber loop
AEP is the main provider of electrical power. Downtown has the most reliable supply and redundancy in Wheeling due to an underground network and multiple switches. There is reportedly ample capacity available to support most data centers and shared services, however most employers recommend a backup generator
The Highlands development has one existing electrical substation which is located off Cruzer Road. There is provision for a second substation, which will need to be built if the proposed development were to be realized. There is one substation north of the development that is not connected to the development Wheeling CBD has one primary sub-station at 15 th St and Rte 2. The blocks between 10 th and 16 th streets have the most reliable service as the lines in this part are underground. The Orrick building is fed from a substation that it is not part of the Downtown network There are two generating stations in Moundsville – 1,600 MW and 630 MW Verizon has a fiber loop in Wheeling CBD and it is possible to extend fiber to buildings in downtown. Costs in the Highlands development could be higher than in downtown for fiber extension There is no significant telecom price difference between Wheeling and the Highlands Though Verizon is the incumbent provider of telecom services in Wheeling, there are several small competitive Local Exchange Carriers in the area such as FibreNet, Citinet, Masergy, Comcast, Allegheny Communications and Stratus Wave Wheeling CBD The Highlands Source: Interviews with local utility providers
Graduate output suggests moderate ability to sustain an operation in Wheeling, if, the graduate pool can be convinced to stay within the area
On an annual basis, nearly 330 bachelors degrees are awarded in HR, Accounting, and Business/Management in the Wheeling area 4-year institutions and 250 associates degrees from the regional community colleges in the same majors. West Virginia University alone accounts for 185 of the bachelors degrees awarded in HR, Accounting and Business Management
In IT and Applications Development, the regional universities award an estimated 70 bachelors degrees, 55 of which are awarded by WVU. Over 125 associates degrees are awarded in IT and Office Technology by the community college network
Nearly 3,900 bachelors degrees and over 1,500 associates degrees are awarded in the region. WVU in Morgantown accounts for 3,150 of the bachelors degrees awarded. Wheeling Jesuit and Franciscan University are the other two institutions awarding four-year degrees
Wheeling area is experiencing a “brain drain” effect as most graduates migrate to other parts of the country in the absence of appropriate jobs in West Virginia. Reportedly, many graduates would prefer to stay in the region
The schools identified below are considered the most likely source of graduate output for the Wheeling market
Annual Graduate Output School Name West Virginia U. Franciscan U. of Steubenville Wheeling Jesuit Bethany College West Liberty University Waynesburg Ohio U. Eastern West Virginia Northern Belmont Tech Jefferson CC 1 6 2 3 4 5 7 8 9 10 Area Enrollment – 34,200 Area Graduation – 5,700 Acctg. Business/ Mgt. HR Target Degree Graduates Bachelors Associates Human Resources 60 0 Accounting 120 60 Business/Management 150 200 Total 330 260 IT Office Tech Target Degree Graduates Bachelors Associates IT 70 90 Office Tech 0 40 Total 70 130 Tier 1 Tier 2 F&A/HR/Business Degrees Awarded IT/Technical Degrees Awarded Source: Interviews with local employers, recruiting agencies, and educational institutions 1 8 9 10 5 7 6 4 3 2 Wheeling
Regional Education Information Wheeling, WV Within a 2 hour drive there are over 50 institutions of higher education. N/A 1,118 Ohio University Eastern Campus N/A 1,341 Marietta College N/A 2,142 Muskingum College 564 2,281 Franciscan University of Steubenville 1,993 12,850 Youngstown State 12,772 58,365 Ohio State University 1,401 6,640 California Univ. of Pennsylvania 2,495 9,501 Carnegie Mellon 2,305 9,803 Duquesne University 7,388 26,731 University of Pittsburgh 182 857 Bethany College 247 1,503 West Virginia Wesleyan 328 1,699 Wheeling Jesuit University 449 2,374 West Liberty University 4,573 23,492 West Virginia University Degrees 2003-2004 Total Enrollment Institution
Computer Science and Information Technology Enrollments and Graduates from Colleges in the Wheeling, WV Area 1991 Total 162 Duquesne University 560 University of Pittsburgh 603 Carnegie Mellon University 112 California University of Pennsylvania 19 Waynesburg College 251 West Virginia University 15 Bethany College 36 West Liberty University 28 Wheeling Jesuit University 73 Jefferson Community College 91 Belmont Technical College 41 WV Northern Community College Number of CS/IT Graduates for last three years College/University
West Liberty University (WLU) is a forward-looking, four-year public college with a rich heritage. It is the oldest institution of higher education the state of West Virginia, first established as West Liberty Academy in 1837. The University offers undergraduate educational programs that serve students from the northern panhandle and the contiguous counties in OH and PA. Beyond the formal degree offerings, WLU serves the community by partnering for various projects, such as the Professional Development Schools in Ohio County Public Schools.
The curricula are broad and cover a wide range of offerings. The largest programs are Teacher Education, Business Administration and Criminal Justice, but the Health Sciences Programs, including pre-professional programs such as medicine, veterinary; dental hygiene, nursing, clinical laboratory science, and speech pathology are becoming increasingly popular.
West Virginia Northern Community College (WVNCC) is a public, multi-campus comprehensive community college which serves the six counties of Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel and Tyler. To satisfy community needs, the College offers courses at a variety of other sites within the six-county service area and participates in a tuition reciprocity agreement serving students in four neighboring Ohio counties: Jefferson, Harrison, Belmont and Monroe. As a comprehensive community college, West Virginia Northern offers a wide variety of programs and courses in the liberal arts and sciences, career-technical education, work place training, developmental studies, and community and continuing education. Under an open-door enrollment policy, the College admits all adults desiring postsecondary education. High school students recommended by their schools for early entrance are also admitted. Graduates receive Associate in Arts degrees, Associate in Science degrees, and/or Associate in Applied Science degrees and certificates. For additional information see Appendix A.
Wheeling Jesuit University is a private, co-educational Roman Catholic university located in Wheeling, West Virginia. It was founded as Wheeling College in 1954 by the Society of Jesus (known as the Jesuits). Today, Wheeling Jesuit University is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Approximately 1,200 undergraduate students attend WJU. The campus houses two prominent National Aeronautic and Space Administration buildings: Robert C. Byrd National Technology Transfer Center (NTTC) and Erma Ora Byrd Center for Educational Technologies (CET). The CET building is the official home of NASA's Classroom of the Future.
WJU offers Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degrees in approximately 35 undergraduate majors across the humanities, social sciences, traditional sciences, applied sciences, and business. Most of the students come from West Virginia, Ohio or Pennsylvania. SAT scores average 1030, while high school GPAs average 3.4. Most (74%) live on-campus.
The 2007 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges ranks Wheeling Jesuit University 21 st in the “Best University Master’s Category” in the South, making it the highest ranked West Virginia institution in that category for 10 consecutive years. The magazine ranked 557 universities in the “Best Universities—Master’s” category within four geographic areas—North, South, Midwest, and West. WJU was also names as the fourth best educational value in the southeast.
Educational Infrastructure Colleges – 2 & 4 year, including population
Bethany College is a private college located in Bethany, West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany College is the oldest institution of higher learning still operating in West Virginia. Bethany College’s main campus is located approximately forty miles southwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and fifteen miles north of Wheeling, West Virginia, in West Virginia’s northern panhandle. The Bethany campus encompasses more than 1600 acres of land. Bethany College offers a wide array of studies, awarding Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in more than 30 fields of study, including computer science. Students also may include as part of their programs one or more optional minors.
Franciscan University of Steubenville is a Catholic institution located in Steubenville, Ohio. The school was founded in 1946 by the Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular. In 1985, the University changed its name from “College of Steubenville” to “Franciscan University of Steubenville”. The school offers five associate degree majors, thirty-five bachelor degree majors (including computer information science, and computer science), and seven graduate degree programs. The University maintains a 15:1 student-faculty ratio. The University is ranked in the top tier in its division in the 2007 U.S. News & World Report’s list of America’s Best Colleges.
West Virginia Business College’s Main Campus is located at 1052 Main Street, Wheeling, occupying a multi-level building approximately 11,00 square feet in size. A new addition was added in the year 2002 enhancing the adjoining building. There are general classrooms for business, keyboarding and computer classes. A library resource center, two private study areas, student lounge and a large auditorium are all available for student use. Computer rooms and the Library are Internet ready along with a media center with a VCR, television and overhead projector. Several offices for administrative use are located at the main entrance of the College. The College’s mission is to enroll students, train students and assist students in locating employment. In most cases, a high school education is not sufficient to equip a young man or woman with the specialized skills necessary to succeed in a vocation or profession. WVBC believes there is a need for specialized career training to prepare adults to successfully meet the challenges of the business world. It is the purpose of the college to provide students with the specialized skills necessary for a productive future and to develop in each student an understanding of the responsibilities and obligations involved in ethical, professional conduct. The energies and resources of the college are therefore wholly focused on teaching employable skills and building self-confidence in each student. In order to achieve this mission, the college assists students individually and encourages realistic goal selection and attainment. This individualized assistance is intended to prepare the student to enter positions with increased competence and confidence.
126 Employees Largest in Ohio Valley Served more than 60,000 students since 1972 55 Fall 2006 40% increase in a five year period Academic Majors 2005-06 academic year: 4139 86% remain in area Annual Enrollment 16% enrolled in transfer programs 26 major with numerous affiliations 84% enrolled in career programs Partnerships 69% first generation college students 10 83% on financial aid Specialized Accreditation Agencies 69% female 2006-07 fiscal year: $7.8 million 28 years of age Annual Payroll Student Profile 2006-07 fiscal year: $11.5 million 17 students Operating Budget Average Class Size Housing assistance Earn a Degree Graduate Early (EDGE) 352 certificates and degrees (Fiscal Year 2005-06) Veterans' benefits Awards conferred Financial aid $242 per credit out-of-state +2 transfer program $76 per credit in-state Career planning Tuition Job placement 55 full-time Special Services Faculty Appendix A WVNCC Fast Facts
IT curriculum (2&4 year); majors in IT related focus
The School of Business Administration at West Liberty University offers two programs in computers/computer systems:
The B.S. degree in Business Information Systems offers a strong business core including accounting, finance, marketing and management. In addition, the student will complete courses in computers in areas such as programming, database management, spreadsheets, networking, management information systems and reporting techniques. This program is designed to prepare the graduating student to manage the information systems in an organization.
The B.S. degree in Business administration specializing in Computer Information Systems requires the student to complete the Business Studies Core which is a complete offering of courses in business including accounting, finance, quantitative business analysis, business communications, marketing and management. The CIS specialization includes courses in programming, database management, spreadsheets and operating systems. Students graduating fro this program could expect job opportunities as programmers or information services staff.
Both of these are taught in state-of-the-art computer laboratories by full-time faculty with extensive real-world as well as classroom experience I computers.
Northern offers both certificate programs and AAS degrees in Information Technology. Within the IT concentration, there are three paths for students to follow; networking, programming, and web development. Within the three areas, students can focus on Cisco, MOUS, and A+ certifications. Programming majors have course work in Visual Basic, Java, Web Publishing (HTML/XHTML) Unix/Linux, and Object Oriented Programming.
Northern is willing to develop a customized, accelerated (9 month) similar to the curriculum developed at Navarro College.
IT Curriculum (2&4 year); majors in IT related focus, continued
The WJU Computer Science program provides students with a board foundation in the various aspects of the computer professions, ranging from pure theory to concrete practical applications, with an emphasis on the solution of actual problems. The core language is currently C++, the industry standard, but many other languages are utilized during a student’s course of study, including Java and Web-enable languages. Also a strong mathematical component is part of the program since the successful computer scientist must have a working knowledge of the mathematical concepts underlying all of computer science. The course of study is aligned with the Association for Computing Machinery Curriculum Guidelines and, as such, provides an internationally standard foundation for students to either enter the work force or continue their education. About 20 percent of our graduates continue on toward advanced degrees and the remainder find jobs in the workplace. Currently, Wheeling Jesuit graduates are pursuing advanced degrees at West Virginia University, the University of Cincinnati, Johns Hopkins University, and the Illinois Institute of Technology. Our graduates are currently employed in a variety of positions, some of which are: analysts at the National Security Agency; web programming, system administration at PPG in Pittsburgh; database analyst/programmer, programmer at the Lockheed Martin in Fairmont, WV; fingerprint program analyst for the FBI; IT manager for a local legal firm; programmers at a variety of large and small companies, and even teaching here. Facilities and equipment include, in addition to campus-owned and operated labs, a networked, multimedia classroom with 23 Pentium 4 machines, a computer lab with Linux and Solaris servers, and a variety of other computers and networking machinery, and a computer haptics lab devoted to the investigation of virtual touch using a state-of-the-art PHANToM devise and Pentium 4 machine.
WLU: The University enrollment currently includes approximately 2300 students.
WVNCC: There are currently 160 students declaring IT as their major. Of the 160 students, 74 are ready to graduate within the next two semesters.
WJU: Current enrollment is approximately 1700 students.
Franciscan University: has 1,982 Undergraduate Students from all 50 states and 16 foreign countries, with a 74% 6-year Graduation Rate (1999 Entering Class)
Bethany College: has a current enrollment of approximately 900 students
West Virginia University: had a 2006 enrollment of 27,115. (15,626 were West Virginia residents)
University of Pittsburgh: has 30,301 total enrolled on 5 campuses.
Carnegie Mellon University: has more than 10,000 students on its Pittsburgh campus.
Where are students going for employment (export population %)
WLU: Approximately, 2/3 (or 67%) of our graduates are employed in the tri-state area. Each year, approximately 400-450 students are prepared to enter the workforce and a majority of our graduates want to stay in the area. The vast majority of our programs are career specific or profession specific, not liberal arts in nature.
WVNCC: The College does have data on student placement in IT, but the data is incomplete because students often do not respond to surveys. We do know 86% of Northern’s students live in the region after graduation.
The School of Business Administration at West Liberty University offers students the opportunity to complete an internship as part of a four-year baccalaureate degree program. Under the B.S. in Business Administration degree, four specializations require an extensive internship: Golf Management, Health Services Management – Long-Term Care Track (new specialization), Hospitality and Tourism Management, and Sports Management. All four of these specializations require a 450-hour internship as part of the curriculum. Over the years, the School of Business Administration has developed strong relationships with organizations in golf, hospitality and sports thereby providing students opportunities to complete approved internships during their junior and senior years. Health Services Management was offered for the first time in Fall 2007. There are two tracks under this specializations: Long-Term Care requiring a 450-hour internship and Health Care requiring a 250-hour internship.
Business students, who are enrolled in the remaining nine specializations or the BIS degree, have the opportunity to complete an internship for academic credit once it has been approved by a faculty member, these internships are developed through the intern employer once a job description has been submitted by the employer. The academic credit the student earns depends on the number of hours worked (75 = 1 credit hour; 150 = 2 credit hours; and, 250 hours = 3 credit hours). These internships are the result of either the employer making contact with the School of Business Administration requesting an intern or the student proposing an internship through a contact he or she has made with an employer. The student will submit a daily journal and comprehensive internship report at the conclusion of the internship. The employer will submit a completed evaluation report to the faculty member responsible for overseeing the internship.
As more students recognize the value of internships, the demand for internship positions has increased. The basic academic criterion for an internship is that it represents a meaningful work experience. Compensated internships are much more appealing to students.
Co-op and internships are in place for all majors. WVNCC has interns throughout the Ohio Valley.
The Career Development office coordinates the internships for all departments. Internships are strongly encouraged but not mandatory for our students in the business and computer science areas.
The University participates in public job fairs within one hour of campus and other job fairs based on student interest and availability of staff. WLU is a member of the Career Services Consortium, which hosts the Upper Ohio Valley Career Fair in Wheeling annually.
The College participates in job fairs throughout the region. Specialized job fairs for specific majors are held on a rotating basis.
College campus career offices
Career services are available through the Center for Student Success on campus, Monday-Friday 8 AM to 4 PM. Faculty and staff try to acquaint students with these services, beginning in their First Year Experience course taken as beginning college students. Other sources of support include software programs such as, SIGI Plus, a self-directed career search program. The Center for Student Success also provides assistance with job searches, resume-writing, interviewing and etiquette in the workplace.
Northern operates a single point of contact for career activities. The Career Center is located at the Wheeling Campus.
Active Alumni Associations ( outreach avenue for IT graduates)
West Liberty University Alumni Association assists graduates in a variety of ways. The most powerful of these is the College Central Networking (CCN) Services available through the West Liberty website. Alumni submit their names and resumes and are able to search for jobs targeted for WLU graduates. Employers may also search posted resumes for potential employees. Once an alumnus subscribes for CCN Services, the individual is able to search the Mentoring Network for profiles of others in their field. Also, networking events, which encourage interaction among alumni, are held in the local region and around the country.
Northern updated its alumni data base in May, 2007. The College identified 46,000 individuals that have taken courses at Northern. The addresses verify most of the community college’s previous students reside in the region.
West Virginia University has 6,189 registered alumni in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia, and 9,819 registered alumni in adjacent counties in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Wheeling Jesuit University has 2,500 alumni in the Upper Ohio Valley and an additional 500 in the Pittsburgh area.
Regional Economic Development Partnership (RED) has established an Education Task Force to address the current and future workforce needs of our region. RED has allocated resources to begin working with local secondary and post-secondary schools to continue preparing students for the future. We are planning alumni outreach programs including a website with job postings, and resume submissions; matching businesses with current students for internships; and specialized training programs, or curriculum additions. Recruiting Support