Members of the Elkins Rotary Club learned about new updates at Davis & Elkins College from Chancellor Provost Michael Mihalyo on Monday.
Mihalyo said enrollment is approximately 800 students this year.
"This is our largest enrollment in several years, with a growth in enrollment of about 59 percent in the last three years," he said. "We are very excited about this."
Mihalyo said everywhere he went during the weekend, he ran into D&E students and their parents.
"Parents talked about how wonderful D&E College is for their children and how nice the area is," Mihalyo said. "They like the beautiful county, the wonderful stores and the great restaurants, but they kept coming back to the wonderful families in the area."
He said an up-to-date roof and humidity system are being installed in the pool at the Hermanson Natatorium, because part of the roof collapsed this summer.
New chairs, a new sound system and updated lighting have been installed in Harper McNeely Auditorium.
"We have also updated the last residence hall with new flooring, furniture, window treatments and updated bathrooms," Mihalyo said.
Mihalyo said the college has updated its business curriculum and will begin building each student's resume from day one. Coaches, bosses, supervisors and teachers will be asked to rate student performance, skills and habits in sports and other activities.
"Employers have indicated they are looking for students with good writing skills, good verbal communication skills, good public speaking skills and students with the ability to solve problems," he said. "We are going to work with students to help build these skills."
Mihalyo said senior students will be required to have some sort of practical experience or internship.
"We think this will help not only the employers in the area, but (it) will give students job skills and build good habits," he said. "We welcome local business people to help with placing these students in jobs and internships."
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