Blue Ridge Community and Technical College

Blue Ridge CTC Students Proceed to Semifinals for State-Wide Business Plan Competition

Blue Ridge CTC Board of Governors Meeting: November 7, 2018

Blue Ridge CTC Board of Governors Meeting 10.4.18

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Offering Free CyberSecurity Seminars in Berkeley Springs, WV.

Blue Ridge CTC Board of Governors Meeting September 12, 2018

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 Students Proceed to Semifinals for State-Wide Business Plan Competition

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

Martinsburg, WV. The 13th Annual Collegiate Student Business Plan Competition hosted by the College of Business & Economics at West Virginia University received 281 business plans from students throughout West Virginia. Students submitted plans within three categories, including Lifestyle and Innovation, Hospitality and Tourism, and STEM. Students compete for a grand prize of $10,000, in addition to receiving free legal and accounting advice, and the opportunity to start a new business in the state. The competition was open to any full-time student at a West Virginia college or university in any major.

This year, six Blue Ridge CTC students competed. Roxanne Roach and Caroline Thorp, both Agribusiness students at Blue Ridge CTC, are moving forward to the semi-final round. These students were two of ten selected from 122 participants in the Lifestyle and Innovation category. Roach’s plan, Roxanne’s Garden and Farm Stand, and Thorp’s, Hydro Sustainable, LLC, both move on to the semifinal event hosted in Sutten, WV on November 16th.

This is the second year students from Blue Ridge CTC participated in the business plan competition. Faculty advisor Todd Cimino-Johnson stated, “This business plan competition allows Blue Ridge CTC students to showcase the Eastern Panhandle. We had six great ideas this year. Next year we hope to submit more entries. The goal is for these students to begin successful businesses located in the Eastern Panhandle.”

The final competition will take place April 12th, 2019 in Fairmont, West Virginia. The winners for each category will be announced at that time.

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 about 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: November 7, 2018

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

Martinsburg, WV. Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Board of Governors met at the Technology Center in Martinsburg on Wednesday, November 7, 2018. The meeting was called to order at 12:04 pm by Board Chair, Keith Unger.

Mr. Unger began the meeting with approval of the October 2018 minutes.

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

Dr. Checkovich introduced Ms. Necole Liowns, Site Education and Training Leader for the Procter and Gamble Tabler Station Site. Ms. Liowns provided an overview of the partnership between Blue Ridge CTC and Procter and Gamble. Ms. Liowns noted there are currently 550 employees at the Tabler Station plant. Once fully operational the plant will have 900 employees. As part of the partnership with Procter and Gamble and Blue Ridge CTC, employees receive specialized training to prepare for employment at the plant.

Ms. Leslie See, Vice President of Enrollment, presented the enrollment report. Ms. See noted the official enrollment reported for the Fall 2018 semester was 6273.

Ms. Kristy Scarlata, Comptroller, presented the Finance Report with an overview of FY 19 quarter financials, noting a strong financial position.

Executive Session was not held. The meeting adjourned at 1:04 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 Board of Governors Meeting 10.4.18

10/4/2018

Media Contact
Jennifer Barrett-Smith
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, October 3, 2018. The meeting was called to order at 12:03 pm by Board Chair, Keith Unger.

Mr. Unger began the meeting by introducing Michele Morrison, Associate Dean, Division of Information Technology and Mathematics. Ms. Morrison introduced Harpers Ferry Job Corp representatives Ralph DiBattista, Center Director; Robert Clark, Academic Manager; and Perfecto Cobian, IT Instructor. Blue Ridge CTC and the Harpers Ferry Job Corp signed a new articulation agreement allowing students who complete information technology courses and exams to transfer courses into Blue Ridge CTC.

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

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 introduced Jane Peters, who provided an overview of the new Business Incubator now located in the Morgan County Center in Berkeley Springs, WV. The incubator, SpringTech Innovation Center, is designed for community members who have a strong business model, but are in need of a location to begin operations.

Ms. Leslie See, Vice President of Enrollment, presented the enrollment report. Ms. See highlighted unofficial fall enrollment of over 6200 students. Ms. See concluded her report noting plans for expansion in high school programming and degree seeking partnerships for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Ms. Kristy Scarlata, Comptroller, presented the Finance Report with an overview of FY 18, noting a strong financial position. The Board passed a motion to approve the Financial Report.

Executive Session was held; no public vote was held. The meeting adjourned at 1:16 pm.

(pictured: Dr. Peter Checkovich, Blue Ridge CTC Founding President, Perfecto Cobian, Harpers Ferry Job Corp IT Instructor, Ralph DiBattista, Harpers Ferry Job Corp Center Director, Michele Morrison, Blue Ridge CTC Associate Dean Division Information Technology and Mathematics, Keith Unger, Blue Ridge CTC Board Chair, and Robert Clark, Harpers Ferry Job Corp Academic Manager.)

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 Community and Technical College Offering Free CyberSecurity Seminars in Berkeley Springs, WV.

9/18/2018

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

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Offering Free CyberSecurity Seminars in Berkeley Springs, WV.

Berkeley Springs, WV. Blue Ridge Community and Technical College is participating in CyberSecurity Month by offering two free seminars to the community. Offered at the Morgan County Center located at 109 War Memorial Drive in Berkeley Springs, the seminars are presented by Blue Ridge CTC Assistant Professor of Information Technology, Anthony Hanners.

The first seminar, scheduled for October 9 from 3-5pm, is CyberSecurity Tips for Seniors. Information includes securing a home wi-fi network and a mobile device. Mr. Hanners explains virus and hacker prevention and also examines the most dangerous internet cyber-attacks.

The second seminar, scheduled for October 16, 2018 from 4:30-6:30pm, is CyberSecurity for Parents. Mr. Hanners provides simple techniques for protection on the Internet, securing home wi-fi networks and mobile devices.

Seating for seminars is limited, and participants must pre-register. To register: 304-260-4380 ext.  2404 or email ttruax@blueridgectc.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.

Blue Ridge CTC Board of Governors Meeting September 12, 2018

9/12/2018

Media Contact
Jennifer Barrett-Smith
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, September 12, 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 August 2018 minutes.

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 the preparations underway for the Higher Learning Commission visit scheduled for 2020. Dr. Shipway continued her report with training updates occurring at the Technology Center.

Ms. Leslie See, Vice President of Enrollment, presented the enrollment report. Ms. See highlighted unofficial fall enrollment of over 6000 students. Ms. See concluded her report noting growth in multiple enrollment areas, including new students and dual enrolled high school students.

Executive Session was not held. The meeting adjourned at 12:53 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 Partners with Morgan County Office of Emergency Management to offer Drone Operations Training

August 13, 2018

Media Contact
Jennifer Barrett-Smith
304.260.4380 ext. 2111
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

Media Contact
Jennifer Barrett-Smith
304.260.4380 ext. 2111
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

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

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*****

Media Contact
Jennifer Barrett-Smith
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, 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

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

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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