Blue Ridge Community and Technical College

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 Board of Governors Meeting August 1, 2018

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

Spring Mills High School Students Participating in Drone Technology Bootcamp at Blue Ridge CTC

Blue Ridge CTC Signs Three New Articulation Agreements with Southern New Hampshire University

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

9/18/2018

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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

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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 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 Rotaract Expands Outreach to Community

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Jennifer Barrett
304.260.4380 ext. 2111
jbarrett@blueridgectc.edu

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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Jennifer Barrett
304.260.4380 ext. 2111
jbarrett@blueridgectc.edu

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

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, 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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Spring Mills High School Students Participating in Drone Technology Bootcamp at Blue Ridge CTC

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Jennifer Barrett
304.260.4380 ext. 2111
jbarrett@blueridgectc.edu

Spring Mills High School Students Participating in Drone Technology Bootcamp at Blue Ridge CTC

Martinsburg, WV. Blue Ridge Community and Technical College and Spring Mills High School have partnered to offer an exciting opportunity to high school students. During the week of January 8-12th, 10 female high school students are participating in a Drone Technologies Bootcamp, located at the Blue Ridge CTC Main Campus. The focus of this program was to promote STEM opportunities to young women who may be considering engineering careers.

Topics included in this week-long training include physics of flight, flight dynamics, FAA chart reading FAA airport communications, and more. In addition, students are building and operating a drone, obtaining valuable hands-on experience. Students work throughout the week on a final capstone project, which showcases technical and flight experience. Friday, January 12th, Spring Mills High School staff will visit the Blue Ridge CTC Main Campus to observe the student drone demonstrations. [Press Invited to Attend: January 12th at 8:30 a.m.]

At the end of the course, all students receive a Design and Testing of Drone Technologies Certificate of Completion from the College. Blue Ridge CTC plans to offer a second high school Drone Technologies Bootcamp during July 2018. High school students and parents interested in participating should contact Cynthia Hull at 304.260.4380 ext. 2405 or chull@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.

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Blue Ridge CTC Signs Three New Articulation Agreements with Southern New Hampshire University

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

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

Blue Ridge CTC Signs Three New Articulation Agreements with Southern New Hampshire University

Martinsburg, WV. Blue Ridge CTC and Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) have signed three new transfer agreements for students pursuing degrees in Business Administration, Criminal Justice and Nursing. Students transferring to Southern New Hampshire University now enjoy the benefits of seamless transferability of credits, and can continue their studies entirely online.

“The new transfer agreements with Southern New Hampshire University have multiple benefits to our students,” said Dr. Peter Checkovich, Founding President of Blue Ridge CTC. “Blue Ridge CTC and Southern New Hampshire University understand that time and money are invaluable resources to students balancing work, school, and family responsibilities. These agreements not only offer a clear pathway to earning a four-year degree, but also the convenience of online learning.”

Under the transfer agreements, all academic coursework in which a student has earned a grade of “C” or higher is fully transferable to SNHU. Students may transfer up to 90 credit hours toward a bachelor degree program. In addition, SNHU offers eligible Blue Ridge CTC graduates, employees, and immediate family a 10% tuition reduction. Additionally, SNHU offers an application fee waiver to eligible students enrolling in an online program.

“Community colleges share in our mission and values particularly around high-quality learning experiences that are student-centered,” said Dr. Gregory Fowler, Chief Academic Officer & VP of Academic Affairs at SNHU. “Like us they focus on providing dynamic experiences that lead to student success while also considering affordability, accessibility, and flexibility. This partnership allows those who otherwise might not have had opportunities to continue moving forward on a transformational journey that will impact not only their lives but those of their families and their communities.”

SNHU is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, as well as several other accrediting bodies. With more than 200 certificate, undergraduate, and graduate programs offered, SNHU has one of the lowest tuition rates in the nation that has remained the same over the past four years.

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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