- Associated Press - Thursday, June 26, 2014

GHENT, W.Va. (AP) - New River Community and Technical College and the state Board of Education are partnering to offer students a pathway to careers in automotive technology.

A memorandum of understanding allows automotive technology students to earn college credits in high school, along with certifications in maintenance and light repair, and automotive service technician. A master automotive technician designation can be earned at the postsecondary level.

New River president L. Marshall Washington and state associate schools superintendent Kathy J. D’Antonio signed the agreement this week at the college’s Advanced Technology Center in Ghent.

Washington says in a news release that automotive technology students previously had to travel out of state to receive advanced training.