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Blue Ridge CTC Board of Governors Meeting August 1, 2018



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Martinsburg, WV.  Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Board of Governors met at the Main Campus in Martinsburg on Wednesday, August 1, 2018. The meeting was called to order at 12:03 pm by Board Chair, Keith Unger.

Mr. Unger continued the meeting with approval of the June 2018 minutes.

Dr. Checkovich began the meeting by introducing Dr. Bondy Shay Gibson, Superintendent of Jefferson County Schools (JCS). As part of her contract renewal as Superintendent, Dr. Gibson requested her pay increase be used to fund a scholarship for one JCS personnel employee to earn an associate degree at Blue Ridge CTC. The board approved scholarship will cover the cost of tuition and books for the selected individual.

Dr. Checkovich also introduced Mikaela Nelson, former JumpStart student who returns to the College this fall to pursue a degree in nursing. Ms. Nelson was awarded a $1000 scholarship from Breast Cancer Awareness of Cumberland Valley. Dr. Checkovich announced that Ms. Nelson’s scholarship money will be matched, bringing her total scholarship award to $2000.

Dr. Checkovich continued the meeting with the President’s Report highlighting recent media articles pertaining to the Institution.

Dr. Ann Shipway, Vice President of Workforce and Engineering Technology, presented the Workforce Development report. Dr. Shipway updated Board Members on recent developments with industry partners. The College is currently working with Technimark and Logoplaste to identify skillset training that can be provided by the College. Dr. Shipway concluded her report with a grant application update.

Ms. Leslie See, Vice President of Enrollment, presented the enrollment report. Ms. See highlighted continued growth in fall enrollment. Ms. See also noted a continued increase of high school students enrolled. For 2018-2019, the JumpStart program currently has 170 seniors from Berkeley County high schools enrolled. Ms. See concluded her report by noting that from the pilot 2017-2018 JumpStart program, 36 of the 70 students are now enrolled for Fall 2018.

Executive Session was held. No public vote was made. The meeting adjourned at 1:21 pm.

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


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