In baseball terms, what West Virginia Northern Community College has done at the corner of Market and 16th streets in Wheeling amounts to a grand slam.
WVNCC officials this week held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at their new Applied Technology Center in the former Straub Honda building.
College officials' first score was in expanding their campus to provide better service to students.
Score No. 2 was in pursuing the "adaptive reuse" philosophy that already has been very successful in Wheeling. Instead of finding a vacant lot and erecting a new building, WVNCC remodeled, expanded and improved the existing structure. The same thing is being done across the street, with another former Straub building that will house a Barnes & Noble bookstore.
Third across home plate, so to speak, was WVNCC's dedication to doing the Applied Technology Center right. Designed by Victor Greco and his SMG Architects firm of Wheeling, the center is simply beautiful. The exterior blends well with the historic West Virginia Independence Hall, just across Market Street.
Finally, the last big score by WVNCC is in the building's purpose. It will provide job-ready graduates in a variety of in-demand technologies, ranging from welding to "mechatronics," a blend of mechanical, electrical and computer engineering.
WVNCC has a long, proud tradition of working with business and industry to tailor its programs to job-providers' needs. The Applied Technology Center takes that to a whole new, higher level.
The college also has a record of working with its communities - Wheeling, New Martinsville and Weirton - to improve them while serving students from their areas.
All involved in the new Wheeling campus facilities should be very proud of what has been accomplished. Again, WVNCC has scored big on this one.