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Board of Governors Meeting December 4, 2013

Martinsburg, WV.  Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Board of Governors met Wednesday, December 4, 2013 and were called to order at 12:04 p.m. by Teresa McCabe, Board of Governor’s Chair, with approval of the last meeting’s minutes.

The meeting began with a review of the monthly President’s report. Dr. Peter Checkovich reviewed several recent news articles and also highlighted various events happening around campus.

Dr. Craig Miller, Vice President of Business and Information Technology and Ronald Richter, Program Coordinator for Business and Information Technology addressed the Board with an update on the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard partnership. During the summer of 2013, members of the 167 Airlift Wing entered into the Cyber Security Fast Track training program offered by the College. Mr. Richter reported that 60 students are currently registered for the Spring 2014 semester.

Mr. Richter also reported on the Fifth Annual Homeland and Cyber Security workshop offered by the College to local high school counselors and students. This year, 150 participants met at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg to learn more about careers in Cyber Security. High School students were transported to the workshop to learn more from members of our local community employed in the field of Cyber Security. Mr. Richter also noted that the College is considering offering an additional workshop in the Spring of 2014.

Teresa McCabe, Board Chair, then provided an update on the recent proposed Tuition Cap Removal, which has been discussed at all Community and Technical College’s across the state. Ms. McCabe recently met with a group of her peers to discuss a resolution to the issue. Presently, Blue Ridge Community and Technical College does not wish to remove the cap on tuition. They passed a resolution to request that each Community and Technical College Board of Governors be allowed to enact a policy that best suits their students.

President Peter Checkovich continued the meeting, presenting two changes to Board Policies. Dr. Checkovich provided that all Board Policies have recently been under review. The two presented today were the Nondiscrimination/Anti-Harassment Rule and Productivity Rule.

Under the Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Rule, a change has been proposed that will modify the structure of the committee responsible for investigating any claims of harassment. This rule will begin the 30 day review period and the Board will review any suggested changes at the next meeting, February 5, 2014.

The Productivity Rule was set before the Board to be repealed due to a lack of application or relevance. Dr. Checkovich noted that Senate Bill 330 supersedes the current policy; therefore, leading to the decision to repeal it entirely.

Dr. Ann Shipway, Vice President of Workforce Development and Engineering Technologies, provided an update on two projects occurring within Workforce Development. The College worked with Macy’s during the month of November to begin additional technical skills training. This began November 29th, 2013 and will continue through the month of January.

Dr. Shipway provided the status update on the Bridging the Gap grant project. Currently, the strategic plan is under development. Dr. Shipway reported that progress is moving very quickly with implementation very soon.

Ms. Leslie See, Vice President of Enrollment Management, provided an update on the current Enrollment Report. The College reported 5022 which should be confirmed by the Chancellor’s office next week as the highest Community and Technical College headcount in the state. Ms. See noted that the College is proud of the continued growth, and hopes to see the Community and Technical College System continues to grow.

Executive session was not held. The meeting adjourned at 12:44 p.m.

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College offers more than 50 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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