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WV Northern Community College paralegal studies program accredited

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The paralegal studies program at West Virginia Northern Community College has earned a three-year accreditation by NALS, the association for legal professionals, according to a news release from the school.

Paralegal instructor and Program Director John Plesa said as part of the accreditation the college was asked to provide a self-study report on the development of the program, which began in 2006.

Plesa, a Weirton native who led the school's accreditation effort, said the process took about three years, and the NALS recommended some curriculum changes during that time.

"The NALS team conducted a two-day site visit on the Wheeling campus," Plesa said in a news release. "In three years, the college will submit another report to NALS in anticipation of earning another three- or five-year accreditation based on the college following additional recommendations made during the site visit."

The paralegal studies program at West Virginia Northern offers both a two-year associate in applied science degree and a one-year certificate in applied science.

"We are very pleased our paralegal studies program has received this distinction," Vicki Riley, vice president of academic affairs at the college, said in a news release.

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