Partnership Aims to Create Rural Pipeline for Pharmaceutical Jobs

Students at Averett, Bluefield, Eastern Mennonite and Ferrum can now earn dual degrees from VCU as part of initiative to grow pharmaceutical workforce.

A new academic collaboration is intended to help rural Virginia students gain a foothold in the state’s pharmaceutical manufacturing sector, which has seen a recent growth surge and is poised for further expansion thanks to more than $50 million in new federal funding.

The Gupton Initiative will create a pathway for students at four private liberal arts schools – Averett University, Bluefield University, Eastern Mennonite University and Ferrum College – to also study at Virginia Commonwealth University’s College of Engineering and earn dual bachelor’s degrees. They will also have the option to pursue post-graduate programs.

Read the full article from the Cardinal News HERE.