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Blue Ridge CTC Board of Governors Meeting 11/9/2016

Media Contact Jennifer Barrett 304.260.4380 ext. 2111 jbarrett@blueridgectc.edu

Martinsburg, WV. Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Board of Governors met at the Main Campus in Martinsburg on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. The meeting was called to order at 12:01 pm by Board Chair, Keith Unger.

Mr. Unger began the meeting by introducing Brad Close, Morgan County Commissioner, the newest member to the Blue Ridge CTC Board of Governors. Mr. Unger continued the meeting with the approval of the September 2016 meeting minutes.

Dr. Miller, Chief Financial Officer, introduced Jackie Griggs, Academic Program Specialist, who presented the Textbook Affordability Report from the 2015-2016 Academic Year. The Series 51 Textbook Affordability Rule ensures institutions are actively attempting to reduce the cost of textbooks for students by offering new, used, online, rental and buy back options. Ms. Griggs reported on the recent survey summaries from students and faculty and the measures implemented to further this initiative.

Dr. Checkovich continued the meeting with the President’s report, beginning with a review of recent news articles highlighting the Institution.

Dr. Checkovich introduced Ms. Leslie See, Vice President of Enrollment Management, to update Board members on the recent College in High School project with Berkeley County Schools. The College in High School program will launch Fall 2017, allowing seniors in the Berkeley County School system to be bused to Blue Ridge CTC during the school day to complete coursework. Currently, there are five College in High School options and students interested in pursuing dual enrollment opportunities can speak to their School Counselor.

Dr. Checkovich continued the meeting by announcing several upcoming events, including the annual Merry and Bright Foundation fundraiser, scheduled for December 2, 5:30-7:30 pm.

Dr. Ann Shipway, Vice President of Workforce Engineering Technology, provided the Workforce Development report, beginning with an overview of recent grant applications for programs including Software Engineering, Applied Laboratory Technician and Heavy Equipment utilization. Dr. Shipway concluded her report by updating the Board on new program opportunities currently being explored by the College.

Dr. Shipway introduced Apryl McDonough, Board of Governors Program Coordinator, who presented an update on Prior Learning Assessment at the College. The purpose of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is to provide an avenue for individuals who have obtained career and industry experience, but have not received college credit. Students enrolling in the Board of Governors Program are able to convert life experience into a College degree. Ms. McDonough concluded her report by highlighting the pathway to enrollment for multiple careers.

Ms. Leslie See, Vice President of Enrollment Management, provided the enrollment report, showing strong enrollment for the Fall 2016 term. Ms. See noted enrollment has experienced a slight increase during the Fall 2016 term.

Dr. Craig Miller, Chief Financial Officer, and Kristy Scarlata, Comptroller, presented the Finance report. Ms. Scarlata presented the year-end report for Fiscal Year 16, showing strong financial performance that fell within the projected FY budget. The Board passed a motion to approve the Fiscal Year 16 financial report.

No Executive Session was held. The meeting adjourned at 1:29 p.m.

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College offers more than 60 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as workforce development training.  Blue Ridge Community and Technical College is conveniently located on Route 45 West past the Commons Center, at 13650 Apple Harvest Drive. For more information on Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, please call 304-260-4380 or visit our website at www.BlueRidgeCTC.edu.

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