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Blue Ridge CTC Signs New Articulation Agreement with Ohio Valley University for Forensic Investigative Accounting Degree

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Blue Ridge CTC Signs New Articulation Agreement with Ohio Valley University for Forensic Investigative Accounting Degree

Martinsburg, WV. Blue Ridge CTC and Ohio Valley University (OVU) have signed a new transfer agreement for students interested in pursuing a degree in Forensic Investigative Accounting. The articulation agreement, signed fall of 2017, allows Blue Ridge CTC students to earn an Associate of Science in General Studies and then seamlessly transfer all coursework to Ohio Valley University’s Bachelor of Science in Forensic Investigative Accounting.

The goal of the new transfer agreement is to minimize the time necessary to earn a four-year degree and prevent repeat course work. Students are able to enter the workforce more quickly while also reducing tuition costs associated with pursuing additional studies.

“We are excited to announce the new partnership with Ohio Valley University,” said Dr. Peter Checkovich, Founding President of Blue Ridge CTC. “Transfer agreements, such as this, promote lifelong learning by providing clear transfer pathways to students who intend to earn a four-year degree upon graduating from Blue Ridge CTC.”

At OVU, the Forensic Investigative Accounting program is under the direction of Peter Ianniciello, CPA, CIA, CMA, formerly an IRS Revenue Agent, an auditor for U.S. Department of Defense, and an auditor with the international CPA firm, Price Waterhouse Coopers. According to Ianniciello, the Ohio Valley University Forensic Investigative Accounting curriculum was developed in conjunction with the goal of passing the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) test. The CFE designation is a prestigious title administered by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

“What is distinctive about OVU’s degree is the caliber of professors that will be teaching in our program, particularly in the higher level investigative and forensic based classes,” Ianniciello states.

“OVU designed its Forensic Investigative Accounting degree program to exceed the material studied at master’s level programs available at large colleges and universities. By offering it as a bachelor’s degree program, it will immerse the student in accounting, information technology, and forensic investigation for four years. This level of exposure to all the relevant disciplines is simply not available in a 30-credit graduate program. OVU’s program is for the serious-minded student that wants to get into this exciting field upon graduation. It also enables employers to find the critical help they need sooner,” Ianniciello explained.

Successful students in Ohio Valley University’s forensic investigative accounting program graduate prepared to take and pass the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). There may also be additional courses offered to forensic investigative accounting students during the summer or winter breaks that will provide them with the coursework and knowledge base required to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.

Forensic accountants are hired by a wide-range of employers including government and law enforcement agencies, accounting firms, financial institutions, insurance companies, law firms, and large corporations.

For more information, or to enroll, contact: Blue Ridge CTC Admissions: 304.260.4380 or visit the website at www.blueridgectc.edu. Students may also contact the Program Director at OVU, Peter Ianniciello, at 304-865-6158 or peter.iannaciello@ovu.edu.

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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