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West Virginia board to consider scholarships, degree

CHARLESTON (AP) — The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission will consider nursing scholarships and a bachelor’s degree in engineering management at Bluefield State College.

The commission is meeting Friday in Charleston.

The nursing scholarship program would be open for a 30-day public comment period if passed and would be forwarded to a legislative committee for further action. A bill approved during the legislative session would establish the program for nurses who agree to practice in hospitals and other health-care institutions or teach in state nursing programs in West Virginia. Awards from $1,000 to $15,000 would be set.

The new degree at Bluefield State would be effective this year. It already offers other engineering degree programs, but students currently receive no formal education in the field of managing engineering projects.

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