Blue Ridge Community and Technical College

Blue Ridge CTC Student Attends State-Wide Business Plan Competition

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

Blue Ridge CTC Board of Governors Meeting: November 3, 2017

Blue Ridge CTC Offers Free Seminars in Newly Renovated Morgan County Center

Blue Ridge CTC Sign Transfer Agreement with First International School

Blue Ridge CTC Student Recognized with Top Honors at PBL National Leadership Conference in Anaheim

Blue Ridge CTC Board of Governors Meeting 6/7/17

Blue Ridge CTC Students travel to Charleston, WV for Recognition

Blue Ridge CTC Board of Governors Meeting 5.3.17

Blue Ridge CTC Offers NEW Drone Operations Training

Blue Ridge CTC Student Attends State-Wide Business Plan Competition

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

Blue Ridge CTC Student Attends State-Wide Business Plan Competition

Martinsburg, WV. The 12th Annual Collegiate Student Business Plan Competition hosted by the College of Business & Economics at West Virginia University received 292 business plans from students throughout West Virginia. Students submitted plans within three categories, including Lifestyle and Innovation, Hospitality and Tourism, and STEM. Students are competing for a grand prize of $10,000, to receive free legal and accounting advice, and for the opportunity to start a new business in the state. The competition is open to any full-time student at a West Virginia college or university in any major.

Four Blue Ridge CTC students participated in the competition this year. Eileen Kusnirak, business administration major, will be moving on to the semi-final round. The plan submitted by Kusnirak, The Gaming Zone, LLC, was reviewed by judges as well as by her peers. The Gaming Zone, LLC, will create a one-stop shop for game enthusiasts of all ages. Kusnirak attended the semi-final event hosted by West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, West Virginia. The event consisted of one on one interviews and elevator pitches. On December 5th, five out of the ten student winners will be notified that they have been selected to participate in the final round.

For the first time in the history of the business plan competition, Blue Ridge CTC students were participants. Faculty advisor Todd Cimino-Johnson stated, “This business plan competition is a way for the students of Blue Ridge to show what the Eastern Panhandle brings to the table. We had four great ideas this year. I hope next year we can submit many more entries and start seeing these businesses open up and become successful.”

The final competition will take place on April 20th, 2018 in Morgantown, 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 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 New Articulation Agreement with Ohio Valley University for Forensic Investigative Accounting Degree

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

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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Blue Ridge CTC Board of Governors Meeting: November 3, 2017

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 Friday, November 3, 2017. The meeting was called to order at 9:13 a.m. by Board Chair, Keith Unger.

Mr. Unger began the meeting with approval of the October 2017 minutes.

Mr. Unger and Dr. Ann Shipway, Vice President of Workforce and Engineering Technology continued the meeting by reviewing recent media articles pertaining to the Institution.

Mr. Jim Devino, Director of Security, presented the Annual Security Report. The Board approved a motion to accept the Annual Security Report.

Ms. Jackie Griggs, Academic Program Specialist, presented the Series 51 – Textbook Affordability Review, highlighting efforts to ensure textbooks are both accessible and affordable to students. The Board approved a motion to accept the Series 51 – Textbook Affordability Review.

Dr. Ann Shipway, Vice President of Workforce and Engineering Technology, began the Workforce Development report by introducing Ms. Laura Busey, Director of Workforce Operations. Ms. Busey provided an update on the partnership with the Procter & Gamble project.

Dr. Shipway continued her report by providing an update on the Morgan County Center, which is scheduled to return to normal operation Spring 2018. Dr. Shipway concluded her report with an update on the recent Higher Learning Commission offsite visit.

Ms. Leslie See, Vice President of Enrollment Management provided an Enrollment Report showing an increase in overall enrollment and full-time equivalency for the Fall 2017 term. Ms. See noted Spring 2018 enrollment is now underway and a snapshot will be provided to Board members during the December 2017 meeting.

Ms. Kristy Scarlata, Comptroller, presented the Finance Report noting financials on track with quarter projections.

Executive Session was not held. The meeting adjourned at 10:12 a.m.

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 Offers Free Seminars in Newly Renovated Morgan County Center

Berkeley Springs WV. Blue Ridge CTC launched a new series of free seminars located in the newly renovated Morgan Counter Center at 109 War Memorial Drive, Berkeley Springs, WV. Michelle Cox, nearby resident and distinguished businessperson, presented the first seminar, titled “Business Etiquette”, covering topics such as phone etiquette, resume tips, proper handshake, and other skills necessary to be a successful businessperson.

The next free seminar, scheduled for November 8, 2017 from 9-10:30 am covers the “Top Ten Customer Service Tips for Any Business.” Presented by Tiffany Hine, Blue Ridge CTC Business Trainer, this course provides the perfect introduction for employees, as well as business owners, to implement positive customer service changes.

The free seminar series continues from November 2017 through January 2018 and includes courses such as Introduction to Computers and Microsoft Office training. For more information on these courses, or to reserve a seat in a free seminar, contact Tracy Truax, 304.260.4380 ext 2411 or 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.

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Blue Ridge CTC Sign Transfer Agreement with First International School

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

Blue Ridge CTC Sign Transfer Agreement with First International School

Martinsburg, WV. Blue Ridge CTC signed a transfer agreement with its first international school, Rennes School of Business located in Rennes, France. Founded in 1990, and located about an hour west of Paris.  Rennes has an international reputation of having 90% of its faculty being non-French, 53% foreign student enrollment, 4,300 students enrolled and over 260 partner universities.

Students from Blue Ridge CTC who desire transfer must meet a minimum of a 3.0 GPA at graduation, complete the Associates in Business Administration and apply directly to Rennes. Once accepted, students take only one year to complete the International Bachelor Program in Business and are guaranteed a spot in the Rennes School of Business Master’s Degree Program. The third-year bachelor program is taught completely in English.  The master’s program takes a year and a half to complete. In total, students can earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Rennes in two and half years.

For more information about this new transfer program, contact Business Program Coordinator, Todd Cimino-Johnson 304-260-4380 extension 2327 or tciminoj@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 Student Recognized with Top Honors at PBL National Leadership Conference in Anaheim

Martinsburg, WV. More than 2,000 of America’s best and brightest college students traveled to Southern California to establish their own Legacy of Leadership 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 24–27 in Anaheim. 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.

Eileen Kusnirak from Blue Ridge Community and Technical College in Martinsburg received national recognition at the PBL Awards of Excellence Program on June 27. Kusnirak competed in the Community Service Project and brought home second place. The Community Service event is a pre-judged report of a community service project put together by the student and the club.  The event consists of a fifteen-page report followed by a presentation at nationals.  The event chosen by Kursnriak was the Attire for Hire Clothing Drive and Clothing Closet.  This project asked for lightly worn business attire donations from the community.  Over 116 participants received clothing from the drive with an estimated collected value of over $15,000.

“It was an extraordinary opportunity.  Being able to place second in the nation was overwhelming.  In a good way.” said Eileen Kusnirak, student and PBL-BRCTC Vice-President.

Advisor Todd Cimino-Johnson said, “This is the first year Blue Ridge has been represented at both the state and national level of PBL.   It is a great opportunity for students to not only network with their peers, but also possible future employers.  I am very proud of Eileen and all the students from West Virginia that competed.”

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 Board of Governors Meeting 6/7/17

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, June 7, 2017. The meeting was called to order at 11:59 am by Board Chair, Keith Unger.

Mr. Unger began the meeting by thanking Dr. Kathy Cox, Faculty Representative and Cassandra Long, Student Representative, for their service as members of the Board of Governors for the 2016-2017 Academic Year. Mr. Unger introduced Keisha Hicks, the newly elected Student Representative joining the Board for the 2017-2018 Academic Year.

Mr. Unger continued with the approval of the May 2017 minutes.

Dr. Checkovich continued the meeting with the President’s report, beginning with an overview of recent media stories regarding the College.

Dr. Ann Shipway, Vice President of Workforce Engineering Technology, provided the Workforce Development report, updating Board members on the development of a new degree in Drone Technology. Dr. Shipway also highlighted a partnership with the Jefferson County School Service Personnel for employees eligible for prior learning assessment opportunities with the College. Dr. Shipway completed her report with a review of funding secured by the College, which will be used for faculty development.

Mr. Justin Ruble, Vice President of Human Resources, presented a request to repeal Board Rule 42.1 Staff Work Shifts, Board Rule 44.1 Staff Development, Board Rule 45.1 Classified Employees, and Board Rule 46.1 Salary. Each of these Rules are no longer necessary due to the upcoming implementation of House Bill 2542 and forthcoming Rule replacements during the 2017-2018 Academic Year. The Board approved a motion to repeal the Rules.

Dr. Craig Miller, Chief Financial Officer, presented the Finance Report, which included an overview of the current FY 17 budget and proposed FY 18 budget. The Board approved a motion to adopt the proposed FY 18 budget.

Dr. Checkovich concluded the public session with a review of the 2017-2018 Board meeting schedule.

Executive Session was held. One public vote was made approving the contract for President Checkovich for the 2017-2018 Academic Year.

The meeting adjourned at 1:41 p.m.

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 travel to Charleston, WV for Recognition

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

Martinsburg, WV. Students from Blue Ridge Community and Technical College were recognized in Charleston, WV for their academic efforts in higher education. On Friday, April 28, 2017, of the Beta Omicron Delta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College attended the All-State Academic Team induction ceremony. Accompanied by PTK Advisor Ashley Sturm, the students were honored at the event, which included a speech from WV First Lady Cathy Leigh Comer Justice and concluded with a luncheon with fellow inductees. Each member of the West Virginia All-State Academic Team received a certificate signed by the First Lady along with a medallion to recognize exceptional scores during the PTK National Competition. Four Blue Ridge students received this designation for the 2016-2017 academic year: Eileen Kusnirak (pictured), Ronald Willis (pictured), Karli Henss (not pictured) and Thomas Brumbaugh (not pictured).

Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society with over 1250 chapters around the world. Membership requires a 3.5 GPA and membership provides numerous scholarship opportunities to students. Phi Theta Kappa membership also provides an avenue for students to perform services opportunities. For more information about Phi Theta Kappa’s mission or membership, visit their website at www.PTK.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 Board of Governors Meeting 5.3.17

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 3, 2017. The meeting was called to order at 11:59 am by Board Chair, Keith Unger.

Mr. Unger began the meeting with the approval of the April 2017 meeting minutes.

Dr. Checkovich continued the meeting with the President’s report, beginning with an overview of recent media stories regarding the College.

Dr. Checkovich welcomed seven special guests from Shentel: Ed McKay, Senior Vice President-Wireline and Engineering, Becky Nucilli, Director-Human Resources, Cara Lord, Fleet Coordinator, Jeffrey McCarson, Senior Maintenance Technician-Field Operations, Tim Byerly Safety Coordinator, Bill Siford, Director of Building and Grounds, and Lee West, Graphic Designer-Cable and Wireline Marketing. Blue Ridge CTC provides a variety of training options to Shentel, including bucket truck safety, pole climbing and ladder training. As a result of this partnership, Shentel donated a bucket truck to the College (picture attached). This generous donation will be used to provide high quality training to students within the utility industry.

Dr. Craig Miller, Chief Financial Officer, began the finance report by introducing Kristy Scarlata, Comptroller, who presented the third quarter financial performance report. Ms. Scarlata reported strong financials for the conclusion of the third quarter.

Ms. Leslie See, Vice President of Enrollment Management, presented the Enrollment Report for the 2017 Summer term. Ms. See concluded her report by highlighting an increase in summer enrollment in comparison with previous years.

Executive Session was not held. The meeting adjourned at 1:07 p.m.

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 Offers NEW Drone Operations Training

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

Blue Ridge CTC Offers NEW Drone Operations Training

Martinsburg, WV. Blue Ridge Community and Technical College is now offering Drone Operations training. The first class, Drone Operational Procedures, meets May 30-July 11, 2017 from 3-6 pm at the Blue Ridge CTC Technology Center. This course includes 20 hours of instruction for a total cost of $399.

The exciting new training is designed for agencies and individuals interested in becoming certified as a remote commercial pilot for small, unmanned aircrafts (UAVs). Instruction covers a wide range of topics including FAA regulations, weight balance concerns, sensor types, registering for FAA testing and more!

Limited seating exists for this new training opportunity. Register today by calling 304.260.4380 ext 2411 or register online by visiting http://blueridgectc.augusoft.net

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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