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July 01, 1996: The WVU Institute of Technology (formerly West Virginia Institute of Technology) was established

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The West Virginia University Institute of Technology, known as ‘‘Tech’’ to generations of students and alumni, is located in Montgomery, 26 miles southeast of Charleston. The college evolved from the Montgomery Preparatory School, a state institution established in 1895 to prepare students for West Virginia University.

The preparatory school was created in Montgomery because of the city’s growing population, which was the res...

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