Why Should "YOU" Choose Us?

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There are many reasons why you should choose to complete your degree at The Erma Byrd Higher Education Center & Allied Health Wing (the Center); but, there are five (5) reasons we want to highlight as to why you should choose the Center as your home away from home:


With the rising cost of college, completing your degree at the Center is affordable because there are no housing and meal plan costs associated with attendance.  As a result, a student can stay at home and complete their degree without incurring a large amount of student debt. 

Reliable Access Point for Online Students:

The Erma Byrd Higher Education Center (EBHEC) serves as an “access point” for students enrolled in online programs at partnering institutions (Bluefield State College, Concord University and Marshall University). 

At the EBHEC, we understand the challenges faced by online students; and, the need to have a quiet place where you can escape, study, utilize new computers with fast/reliable internet, and conquer assignment deadlines.

The EBHEC is equipped with a Library/Learning Center designed with comfort and convenience so that one can enter between a wide variety of hours (from 8:00 am until 10:00 pm), complete online requirements, utilize support services, and go home. 

As a result, experience the ease, flexibility, comfort and convenience of your online experience at what our students say is the most convenient place in Southern West Virginia:  The Erma Byrd Higher Education Center!

Student Success:

Completion of a degree at any college or university is highly correlated with faculty, staff, and friend connections.  At the Center, we provide excellent customer service; and, each college/university partner is extremely student-focused with the goal of moving all students to degree completion. At the Center, we are smaller, we are friendly, and we care!

We are Family:

At the Center, we offer a close-knit family environment conducive to learning and growth!  In a nutshell, we CARE about your success!

Our Students Say it All:

The Erma Byrd Higher Education Center & Allied Health Wing consistently gathers information from currently enrolled students in an effort to find out what they like about completing their degree requirements at the Center.  As a result, the following list includes (but is not limited to) some of their stated reasons:

  • Convenience
  • Helpful and accommodating faculty
  • Tons of resources
  • Flexible hours
  • Small class sizes with one-on-one faculty interaction
  • Affordable
  • Close to home
  • Beautiful campus
  • Availability of online classes
  • Friendly, helpful and hospitable staff
  • Family oriented atmosphere
  • A great learning environment

While the primary goal of The Erma Byrd Higher Education Center & Allied Health Wing and its residential partners is for students to come here, to choose a major, to learn, and to be successful, there are other reasons you may want to consider (when determining whether or not to complete your degree here at The Erma Byrd Higher Education Center & Allied Health Wing as follows:

  • FREE parking
  • On-site security
  • WiFi access
  • Quiet study areas
  • Remain close to family and friends while you pursue higher education.
  • Student-centered customer service
  • Quality education