Blue Ridge Community and Technical College

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History

By forming solid relationships with regional high schools, technical schools, institutions of higher learning, and the workforce, Blue Ridge Community and Technical College has developed a strong presence in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle. The school has seen a remarkable evolution since its unofficial inception over 40 years ago, when Shepherd College began offering two-year programs. Shepherd Community College officially began in 1974 when the nursing department became the first two-year program to be adopted by Shepherd. In 1989, at the request of the West Virginia State Board of Directors, the Community and Technical College named its first Dean, Dr. Peter Checkovich. He was later named Provost and in 2004 became President of the Community and Technical College (CTC) of Shepherd.

CTC Shepherd was located on the basement floor of a residence hall, Gardiner, on the Shepherd College campus in Shepherdstown until August 2001. Meanwhile, the Martinsburg City Council contacted college officials about the possibility of bringing the Community and Technical College to Martinsburg. The City Council offered a grant for the college to relocate and offered to help the college find a suitable location. The site selected was the former Blue Ridge Outlet buildings. The City Council’s offer, along with the location of the building, was presented to the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission in the fall of 2000 and the move to Martinsburg was approved. The renovation of the Berkeley Building of the former Blue Ridge Outlet Complex began in June 2001 and classes began at the Community and Technical College on August 20, 2001. In early 2002, the Berkeley County Commissioners finalized the purchase of the Blue Ridge Outlets complex and negotiations resulted in the May 2003 relocation of the CTC Shepherd to the newly renovated Dunn Building. In March 2005, CTC Shepherd was accredited as an independent institution by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association (NCA). As of July 1, 2006, the Community and Technical College of Shepherd was officially renamed Blue Ridge Community and Technical College.