West Virginia University at Parkersburg is a public college located in Parkersburg, West Virginia, United States. It is a stand-alone college with its own board of governors and degree-granting authority, separate from West Virginia University. Conceived as a community college to serve seven counties in west central West Virginia, it now offers baccalaureate programs. It is the largest community college in West Virginia and the states fifth largest public college with over 3,900 students. WVU Parkersburg is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s elementary education program has received national recognition status using the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) standards. Participating in the ACEI process validates WVU Parkersburg’s Bachelor of Arts in elementary education is maintaining a quality program. They are very excited that program has received national recognition status,” said Dr. David Lancaster, education division chair at WVU Parkersburg. “They are committed to bachelor degree program in elementary education and providing high quality education to their students.” The college has offered its bachelor’s degree in elementary education since 1990 and has more than 800 graduates. The program is based on the premise that the best place for pre-service teachers to learn about teaching is in classrooms. For this reason, the field experience component of the program requires students to begin working in classrooms beginning with their first education course in their freshman year. WVU Parkersburg maintains partnerships in six surrounding counties that include Wood, Wirt, Pleasants, Jackson, Roane, and Ritchie County schools.