Blue Ridge Community and Technical College

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 CTC Board of Governors Meeting // December 13, 2017

Blue Ridge CTC Foundation to host Merry and Bright Fundraiser

Blue Ridge CTC Holding Brick Dedication Ceremony Honoring Denise Burditus

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 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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Jennifer Barrett
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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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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
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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

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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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Blue Ridge CTC Board of Governors Meeting // December 13, 2017

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Jennifer Barrett
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Martinsburg, WV. Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Board of Governors met at the Main Campus in Martinsburg on Wednesday, December 13, 2017. The meeting was called to order at 12:03 pm by Board Chair, Keith Unger.

Dr. Checkovich began the meeting by introducing Ricardo Grant, Southern New Hampshire University Representative. During the Board Meeting, Blue Ridge CTC and Southern New Hampshire University signed an articulation agreement for three programs: Criminal Justice, Business and Nursing.

Mr. Unger continued the meeting by introducing Mr. Keith Novak, Principal from CliftonLarsonAllen, who presented the audit report for fiscal year 2017. Mr. Novak reported the audit uncovered no findings and no deficiencies to report.

Mr. Unger continued the meeting with approval of the November 2017 minutes.

Dr. Checkovich presented the President’s Report, highlighting recent events on campus, including the Denise Burditus Memorial Service. Dr. Checkovich concluded his report by reviewing recent media articles pertaining to the Institution.

Dr. Ann Shipway, Vice President of Workforce and Engineering Technology, presented the Workforce Development report, updating Board members on the progress of the Morgan County Center, which is scheduled to reopen Spring 2018.

Dr. Shipway continued her report with details regarding developing partnerships with area businesses. As a result of these new partnerships, several new academic programs are being organized, including Plastics Technology. Dr. Shipway concluded her report with details regarding an upcoming capital project that will examine campus facilities and room utilization.

Ms. Leslie See, Vice President of Enrollment Management provided an Enrollment Report, highlighting the strengths in enrollment for the Fall 2017 term. Ms. See concluded her report, noting full-time equivalency, high school enrollment, and third-party enrollment all increased during academic year 2017-2018.

Ms. Kristy Scarlata, Comptroller, presented the Finance Report noting financials on track with quarter projections. The Board passed a motion to approve the Finance Report.

Executive Session was not held. The meeting adjourned at 1:07 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 Foundation to host Merry and Bright Fundraiser

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Anne Myers
Foundation Director
304.260.4380 ext 2410
amyers@blueridgectc.edu

Martinsburg, WV. The Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Foundation will host the sixth annual Merry and Bright fundraising event, Friday, December 1, 2017 at the Main Campus located at 13650 Apple Harvest Drive, Martinsburg, WV. This annual event features scrumptious delights created by our Culinary Academy, magical carriage rides, and enlightening student demonstrations. In addition to these activities, the Culinary Academy prepares beautifully decorated cookie boxes, gingerbread Christmas trees and gourmet chocolate macaroons for purchase.

This event enables the Foundation to grow a scholarship fund that assists students attending Blue Ridge CTC. Community members interested in purchasing tickets or sponsorships can do so by visiting www.blueridgectc.edu/foundationevents or by contacting the Foundation, 304.260.4380 ext. 2423, foundation@blueridgectc.edu

The Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Foundation, established March 2012, is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. All fundraising efforts assist students attending or planning to attend Blue Ridge Community and Technical College. 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.

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.

Press Welcome to Attend.

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Blue Ridge CTC Holding Brick Dedication Ceremony Honoring Denise Burditus

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

 

Blue Ridge CTC Holding Brick Dedication Ceremony Honoring Denise Burditus

Martinsburg, WV.  Blue Ridge Community and Technical College will honor the life of Denise Burditus, victim of the Las Vegas shooting, by holding a brick dedication ceremony on November 28th, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. on the Main Campus in Martinsburg, WV.

Denise Burditus attended Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, pursuing a degree in Business Administration. Burditus was a dedicated student and beloved family member to her husband, children and numerous grandchildren. The ceremony will honor her legacy by placing a brick in the walkway of the Main Campus, dedicated to her memory.  The ceremony is open to faculty, staff, students and community members.

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.

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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