Press Release from KVC Health Systems
MONTGOMERY, W.V… August 23, 2017—Leadership from KVC Health Systems, Inc. (KVC), BridgeValley Community and Technical College, the YMCA of the Kanawha Valley, the City of Montgomery, and representatives of state and federal offices gathered Wednesday at the KVC Workforce Center of Excellence (former WVU Tech library). Through a 25-year lease-purchase agreement, KVC took possession of WVU Tech in July 2017. Recent and ongoing improvements to the Montgomery landmark campus have sparked positive conversations in the community.
KVC is creating the nation’s first college campus designed to support youth transitioning from foster care through education, life skills, community involvement, and behavioral health. Based on research and its own experience as a foster care provider and mental health organization, KVC recognized the need of this group of young adults to have a new opportunity for a transition to a successful, fulfilling lives.
Dr. Eunice Bellinger, President of BridgeValley, and Monty Warner, CEO and President of the YMCA of the Kanawha Valley, spoke on the integration of their organizations with the community and the collaborative effort with KVC. The Honorable Mayor of Montgomery, Greg Ingram, and representatives from Senators Shelly Moore Capito and Joe Manchin, as well as Congressman Evan Jenkins, relayed their continual support of the school and its value to the region.
An aerial photograph of the town was presented to each of the partners as tribute to the history and future of the area.
About KVC Health Systems, Inc.
KVC Health Systems, headquartered in the greater Kansas City area, is a private, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization committed to enriching and enhancing the lives of children and families by providing medical and behavioral healthcare, social services, and education. KVC’s diverse continuum of services includes in-home family support, foster care, adoption, behavioral healthcare, and children’s psychiatric hospitals. In its 47-year history, KVC has grown from a single Kansas home for boys to a national organization touching over 60,000 people’s lives each year in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Kentucky and West Virginia and providing training and consultation internationally. KVC is endorsed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation as a best-practice organization and accredited by The Joint Commission, considered the gold standard in healthcare. Learn more at www.kvc.org.
Media contact: Thomas Bailey, Director of Strategic Initiatives for KVC Health Systems