Blue Ridge Community and Technical College

Blue Ridge CTC Partners with Morgan County Office of Emergency Management to offer Drone Operations Training

Blue Ridge CTC Foundation Holding Fourth Annual Bluegrass & BBQ Event

Blue Ridge CTC Foundation Receives $10,000 Donation from FirstEnergy Corp

Blue Ridge CTC Board of Governors Meeting August 1, 2018

Blue Ridge CTC Students Recognized with Top Honors at PBL National Leadership Conference in Baltimore

Blue Ridge CTC Rotaract Expands Outreach to Community

Blue Ridge CTC Students Bring Back the Win

Blue Ridge CTC Board of Governors Meeting May 2, 2018

Blue Ridge CTC Receives Grant from the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation’s

Blue Ridge CTC Board of Governors Meeting: April 4, 2018

Blue Ridge CTC Partners with Morgan County Office of Emergency Management to offer Drone Operations Training

August 13, 2018

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Jennifer Barrett-Smith
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jbarrett@blueridgectc.edu

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, in partnership with the Morgan County Office of Emergency Management, recently offered a 21 hour training program in Drone Operations and FAA Licensing for EMS personnel.

Students attended the training at the Blue Ridge CTC Morgan County Center located in the Pines Opportunity Center in Berkeley Springs, WV. The course provided training to students who are interested in becoming a remote commercial pilot for small unmanned aircrafts (UAVs), more commonly referred to as “drones”.

A total of 12 participants completed the training and received a voucher to take the remote commercial pilot examination for UAVs. The course was taught by V1 Aeronautics of Hagerstown, MD. V1 Aeronautics also administered the FAA examinations. For more information about upcoming UAV courses, visit the Career Advancement website at http://blueridgectc.augusoft.net or call 304.260.4380 ext. 2411.

Attached and Pictured: Dick Myers, Stephanie Allemong, and Bruce Miner discussing details of the Drone Operations course. 

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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Blue Ridge CTC Foundation Holding Fourth Annual Bluegrass & BBQ Event

August 7, 2018

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Jennifer Barrett-Smith
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jbarrett@blueridgectc.edu

Blue Ridge CTC Foundation Holding Fourth Annual Bluegrass & BBQ Event

Martinsburg, WV. Join the Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Foundation for their 4th annual student scholarship Bluegrass and BBQ event on Friday, August 24th, 5:30pm-8pm; featuring delicious food and exciting entertainment. The event, held at the Purple Iris in Martinsburg, WV, offers live music featuring Ernie Bradley & the Grassy Ridge Band, Laura Busey, singer/songwriter, and the Blue Ridge CTC Bluegrass class.

Tickets are $40 and include a pulled pork and fried chicken dinner, beer sampling from Reid’s Distributor, and delicious desserts prepared by the Blue Ridge CTC Academy of Hospitality and Culinary Arts.

To purchase a ticket online, visit www.blueridgectc.edu/foundation events.

All proceeds from the event benefit the Blue Ridge CTC Scholarship Fund; helping local students train for high paying jobs in the community.  For more information: foundation@blueridgectc.edu, 304-260-4380 ext. 2423

Press welcome to attend.

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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Blue Ridge CTC Foundation Receives $10,000 Donation from FirstEnergy Corp

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Jennifer Barrett-Smith
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Blue Ridge CTC Foundation Receives $10,000 Donation from FirstEnergy Corp

On Monday, July 30th, Jim Sears, President, Maryland Operations for FirstEnergy Corp. and Thomas Butcher, External Affairs Manager for FirstEnergy subsidiary Potomac Edison Eastern West Virginia FirstEnergy Corp., surprised the Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Foundation, with an unsolicited grant of $10,000 as part of its “Christmas in July” FirstEnergy Foundation campaign; a new giving initiative designed to support deserving community organizations.

“The FirstEnergy Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the economic viability of the communities where we live and work,” said Dee Lowery, president of the FirstEnergy Foundation.  “We’re very pleased to assist Blue Ridge CTC to build and promote programs that help develop a stronger workforce.”

The funds received will be used to continue to establish scholarships for students pursuing a degree at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College.

“The Blue Ridge CTC Foundation is honored to receive this surprise “Christmas in July” gift,” said Anne Myers, Blue Ridge CTC Foundation Director. “The need for donor support is greater than ever.  With the tremendous opportunities in STEM based occupational training for area students, the “Christmas in July” gift from the FirstEnergy Foundation will have a big impact on our students.  We sincerely thank the FirstEnergy Foundation for supporting Blue Ridge Community and Technical College and its students.”

(Attached and Pictured: Jim Sears, President, Maryland Operations for FirstEnergy Corp., Dr. Peter Checkovich, Blue Ridge CTC Founding President, Anne Myers, Blue Ridge CTC Foundation Director, Dr. Ann Shipway, Blue Ridge CTC Vice President of Workforce and Engineering Technology, and Thomas Butcher, First Energy External Affairs Manager)

The Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Foundation, established March 2012, is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. Every dollar raised assists students attending or planning to attend Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, provides funds for the facility, and enhances curriculum. One of the most critical needs at this time is to provide scholarships to a diverse population of students. All contributions toward this campaign are tax deductible and assist the Foundation in providing funding to the Blue Ridge Community and Technical College community in the form of scholarships and other programs.

For more information about the Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Foundation, or to contribute, contact Anne Myers: 304.260.4380 extension 2410. Visit the Foundation’s website for more information. www.blueridgectc.edu/foundation

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.

Blue Ridge CTC Board of Governors Meeting August 1, 2018

8/1/2018

*****FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*****

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Jennifer Barrett-Smith
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jbarrett@blueridgectc.edu

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 www.BlueRidgeCTC.edu.

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Blue Ridge CTC Students Recognized with Top Honors at PBL National Leadership Conference in Baltimore

June 29, 2018

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Blue Ridge CTC Students Recognized with Top Honors at PBL National Leadership Conference in Baltimore

Martinsburg, WV. More than 2,000 of America’s best and brightest college students traveled to the Eastern Shore to Elevate their Futures as they competed for the opportunity to win more than $95,000 in cash awards.

The Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) National Leadership Conference was held June 23–26 in Baltimore, Maryland. Participants from across the United States attended this exciting conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in 60 business and business-related competitive events.

Scott Wright and Eileen Kusnirak from Blue Ridge Community and Technical College in Martinsburg received national recognition at the PBL Awards of Excellence Program on June 26th. Wright competed in the Desktop Publishing project and brought home third place.  Kusnirak competed in the Small Business Management Plan competition and brought home sixth place. (pictured on the right: Scott Wright; pictured on the left: Eileen Kusnirak)

The Desktop Publishing event consists of creating a prejudged set of items for a hypothetical company.  The student produces a solution to a problem that is given a few months prior to nationals.  The second portion of the event consists of taking an online, timed exam to test the students’ knowledge on desktop publishing concepts.

The Small Business Management Plan event is a pre-judged plan of a small business put together by the student.  The event consists of a maximum of thirty page plan followed by a presentation at nationals.  The small business chosen by Kursnriak was a yet-to-be created business titled The Gaming Zone, LLC.

The award was part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers. In addition to competitions, students immersed themselves in interactive workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and heard from motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics.

About FBLA-PBL, Inc.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., the premier student business organization, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. For more information, visit fbla-pbl.org.

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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Blue Ridge CTC Rotaract Expands Outreach to Community

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Blue Ridge CTC Rotaract Expands Outreach to Community

Martinsburg, WV. The Blue Ridge Community and Technical College (BRCTC) Rotaract continues to find new ways to serve students and the community. Most recently, BRCTC Rotaract established a new Little Free Library, located at the Main Campus and Technology Center of the College. This free exchange program allows students and community members to take a book or leave a book, free of charge. BRCTC Rotaract hopes to encourage reading by establishing a literacy program that benefits all members of the campus and local community.

Blue Ridge CTC Rotaract, established March 2015, has maintained an active presence both on campus and within the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. In November, 2017, BRCTC Rotaract received the Rotaract Presidential Citation Award, recognizing their accomplishments with Rotary and the community. (picture attached) The award comes after BRCTC Rotaract completed several successful projects last year, including The Attire for Hire project, Interact/Rotaract Mixer, United Way Day of Caring, CCAP Loaves and Fishes Food Drive, Water & Sanitation Awareness Event and Pancakes for Polio Breakfast.

BRCTC Rotaract hopes to earn the award again in 2018 for their service to the community, beginning with the Little Free Libraries outreach program. Students or community members interested in participating in BRCTC Rotaract should contact: Todd Cimino-Johnson, BRCTC Rotaract Advisor.

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.

*Front left to right-Echo Hutchinson, Pam Waggoner (Assistant District Governor), Ryan Ballenger, Sabrina Carney, Awna Braithwaite, Ashley Arriaga. Back left to right-Keith Kuyper, Drew Case, Jared Kuse

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Blue Ridge CTC Students Bring Back the Win

May 8, 2018

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Blue Ridge CTC Students bring back the win from Future Business Leaders of American, Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference

Martinsburg, WV. Five students from Blue Ridge CTC attended the West Virginia State Future Business Leaders of American, Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) State Leadership Conference in Charleston, West Virginia. (picture attached*) All five students placed in either 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in their categories. The students taking awards are as follows:

  • Scott Wright-2nd place, Desktop Publishing
  • Hannum O’Reily-3rd place, Justice Administration
  • Jesse Torres-2nd place, Marketing Analysis and Decision Making
  • Eileen Kusnirak-3rd place, Marketing Concepts
  • Hannum O’Reily-2nd place, Organizational Behavior and Leadership
  • Stephanie Douglas-Walton-1st place, Retail Management
  • Eileen Kusnirak, 2nd place, Small Business Management Plan

The students are eligible to compete June 23-26th at the National Student Leadership Conference in their same categories. The conference will take place in Baltimore, MD during the above time period. Students not only compete, but are eligible for monetary and scholarship awards. Other events taking place include workshops, school and career fairs designed for students.

Blue Ridge CTC FBLA-PBL chapter was started in 2012.  This is the second year Blue Ridge students have competed, and the second time students have placed in the competition.  FBLA-PBL is a national organization and the largest career centered student organization in the world.  FBLA-PBL sees over 230,000 students every year in its ranks. For more information about the Blue Ridge CTC FBLA-PBL Chapter, contact Todd Cimino-Johnson at Blue Ridge CTC.

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.

*From left to right: Scott Wright, Hannum O’Reilly, Jesse Torres, Stephanie Douglas-Walton, Eileen Kusnirak. 

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Blue Ridge CTC Board of Governors Meeting May 2, 2018

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Jennifer Barrett
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jbarrett@blueridgectc.edu
Martinsburg, WV.  Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Board of Governors met at the Main Campus in Martinsburg on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. The meeting was called to order at 11:58 pm by Board Vice Chair, Stephanie Harvey.

Dr. Checkovich continued the meeting by introducing Jackie Griggs, Academic Program Specialist/Instructor, who introduced three Shenandoah University representatives: Dr. Adrienne Bloss, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Melissa Carroll-Wood, Director of Clinical Education and Stephanie Cross, Program Director, Division of Respiratory Care. Blue Ridge CTC signed a new transfer agreement for students enrolled in the Associate of Applied Science in Healthcare Professions degree. Under the agreement, Blue Ridge CTC students complete a prescriptive list of courses outlined for direct transfer into Shenandoah University’s Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care.

Ms. Harvey continued the meeting with approval of the April 2018 minutes.

Dr. Checkovich presented 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 the Institutional Compact. Dr. Shipway concluded her report with an update on various grant applications and new programs planned for fall 2018.

Ms. Leslie See, Vice President of Enrollment, presented the enrollment report. Ms. See began her report with an overview of upcoming events, including the annual Commencement Ceremony, May 24, 2018. Ms. See concluded her report, noting strong summer enrollment figures.

Ms. Kristy Scarlata, Comptroller, presented the Finance Report noting financials on track with quarter projections. Dr. Craig Miller, Chief Financial Officer, continued the Finance Report by presenting the FY 19 budget proposal. The Board passed a motion to accept the FY 19 Budget Proposal.

Executive Session was not held. The meeting adjourned at 1:13 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 www.BlueRidgeCTC.edu.

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Blue Ridge CTC Receives Grant from the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation’s

Blue Ridge CTC Receives Grant from the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation’s

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Jennifer Barrett
304.260.4380 ext. 2111
jbarrett@blueridgectc.edu

Martinsburg, WV. Blue Ridge Community and Technical College has been awarded a $5000.00 grant from the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation’s Tom and Virginia Seely Morgan County Children’s Fund to support the Morgan County High School Seniors Textbook Program.

“We are honored to receive this grant from the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation,” said Dr. Peter Checkovich, Blue Ridge CTC Founding President. “Our discounted high school tuition rate, paired with the Morgan County High School Seniors Textbook Program, provides early access to higher education for Morgan County students.  This grant award develops our community and assists in increasing the college-going rate in Morgan County.”

The Community Foundation was established in 1995 and awards nearly $1 million in grants and scholarships annually. With more than 220 endowed funds and assets of just over $23 million EWVCF is one of the largest grantmaking organizations serving the Eastern Panhandle.

EWVCF awards grants and scholarships through a competitive application and review process. Thanks to an outstanding board of directors, generous donors, professional investment advisors, and a dedicated staff, the Community Foundation is on track to grow to $28 million in total assets by the end of 2020.

The Foundation is located at the historic Caperton Train Station at 229 East Martin Street, Suite 4, Martinsburg, WV 25401. For more information, visit the website www.EWVCF.org  or contact EWVCF Executive Director Michael Whalton at mwhalton@ewvcf.org or call 304-264-0353.

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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Blue Ridge CTC Board of Governors Meeting: April 4, 2018

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, April 4, 2018. The meeting was called to order at 11:55 pm by Board Chair, Keith Unger.

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

Dr. Checkovich presented 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 the growth at the Morgan County Center. Dr. Shipway concluded her report with a grant application update.

Ms. Leslie See, Vice President of Enrollment, presented the enrollment report. Ms. See highlighted enrollment growth in high school programming for the 2018-2019 academic year. Currently, the Berkeley County JumpStart cohort consists of 170 students, more than twice last year’s enrollment. Ms. See concluded her report by noting enrollment is underway for the two JumpStart programs launching in Morgan County this fall.

Dr. George Perry, Vice President of Instruction presented eight program reviews for the Board to review. The Board passed a motion to continue all eight programs.

Executive Session was held. No public vote was made. The meeting adjourned at 12:57 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 www.BlueRidgeCTC.edu.

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