Nonprofit Starting College for Ex-Foster Kids in W.Va.

MONTGOMERY, W.Va.— A nonprofit group that specializes in behavioral health care and child welfare is starting a two-year college in southern West Virginia for students transitioning out of foster care.

Olathe, Kansas-based KVC Health Systems plans to take over parts of the West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Montgomery. West Virginia University is completing the move of WVU Tech from Montgomery to Beckley this year.

WVU Vice President Rob Alsop says under an agreement in principle, KVC would lease several buildings with the option to purchase them.

While many states offer college tuition waivers or some financial assistance to former foster children, dedicating a college to them would be unique. KVC lobbyist Tommy Bailey says there’s “nothing like this that we can find” in the country.

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