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West Virginia college for foster care youth gets name

KVC Health Systems announced at a news conference Thursday the college aimed at young adults transitioning out of the foster care system in Montgomery will be called the Riverbend Center Supporting Higher Education. The company is converting the West Virginia University Institute of Technology's former campus into the college. (WCHS/WVAH)

A West Virginia college aimed at young adults transitioning out of the foster care system now has a name.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported KVC Health Systems announced at a news conference Thursday the college in Montgomery will be called the Riverbend Center Supporting Higher Education. Plans are for it to open in early July with about 50 students initially.

Olathe, Kansas-based KVC Health Systems, which specializes in behavioral health care and child welfare, is converting the West Virginia University Institute of Technology's former campus. Students will be given the chance to earn two-year degrees at no cost to them and live on campus full time.

Foster care benefits are terminated at age 21 in most states, including West Virginia.

WVU Tech's operations were moved to Beckley last year.

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