Bluefield State College is one of four West Virginia public higher education institutions chosen to participate in a distance learning pilot project implemented by the Southern Region Education Board (SREB). The project, the Electronic Common Market, is designed to meet the changing needs of students within the SREB region by offering quality academic courses and programs through distance learning. "Programs like these make higher education more accessible to today's busy students," State College System Chancellor Clifford Trump noted. "I am pleased that West Virginia will play a key role in helping to establish this innovative education program." In addition to BSC, Marshall University, West Virginia University, and West Virginia Northern Community College have been selected to participate in the 1998 project. For the pilot, each institution will offer one course that can be completed through distance education technology by any student living in the 14-state SREB region.