About Blue Ridge Community and Technical College

“Blue Ridge Community and Technical College is a public institution delivering high-quality, affordable academic offerings to support learners’ academic advancement, career development, workforce training, and continuing education needs through qualified faculty, competent curriculum, and practical experiences.”

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Our Mission, Vision, and Core Values

Our Mission

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College provides our diverse student population with life-changing education, training, and services that drive economic development within the communities we serve.

Our Vision

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College is the first choice for higher education that drives career growth and economic development in our region and surrounding communities.

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Core Values

Stewardship:

    • Put student access, learning, and success first.
    • Support a safe, collaborative, and engaging environment for employees and students.
    • Provide an optimum learning environment for students.
    • Use College resources responsibly.
    • Demonstrate care for facilities.

Integrity:

    • Engage and actively contribute to the overall success of the College.
    • Think creatively and develop solutions.
    • Act honestly and ethically.
    • Provide accurate and thorough information.
    • Be courageous to be even better.

Civility:

    • Communicate with respect, trust, and care.
    • Respect differences.
    • Listen actively.
    • Be aware of your impact on others.
    • Discuss differences and resolve conflicts.

Entrepreneurship:

    • Embrace our business partners.
    • Think proactively and innovatively.
    • Be adaptable and flexible for shifting priorities.
    • Identify areas for continuous improvement.
    • OWN enrollment.
    • Take calculated risks wisely.

History of Blue Ridge CTC

By forming solid relationships with regional high schools, technical schools, institutions of higher learning, and the workforce, Blue Ridge Community and Technical College has developed a strong presence in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle. The school has seen a remarkable evolution since its unofficial inception over 40 years ago when Shepherd College began offering two-year programs. Shepherd Community College officially began in 1974 when the nursing department became the first two-year program to be adopted by Shepherd. In 1989, at the request of the West Virginia State Board of Directors, the Community and Technical College named its first Dean, Dr. Peter Checkovich. He was later named Provost and in 2004 became President of the Community and Technical College (CTC) of Shepherd.

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Blue Ridge CTC at a Glance

  • 2004

    Shepherd CTC became a stand alone institution.

  • 2006

    Renamed Blue Ridge Community and Technical College

  • 2020

    Reaffirmed accreditation

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Words of Wisdom from Blue Ridge CTC’s President

Founding President

“At Blue Ridge CTC, students are our reason for being. Our students are the factor in making our College a success. Without our students, we simply would have no reason for being. We have a fantastic group of faculty and staff who are here to help you succeed in achieving your goals, whether that is to prepare for a career or to transfer to a four-year degree program. The services and education we offer are many and varied and it can be overwhelming at times for the new or even experienced student. Rest assured our faculty and staff can help you in your quest to achieve your goals. We are here to help, and we are glad you have chosen Blue Ridge Community and Technical College.”

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Best Wishes,
Dr. Peter G. Checkovich,

Students Serve Public Communities

Learn more about the success of recent graduates and the impact they are making in our community.

Explore Academic Programs that Foster Career Growth

BRCTC offers over 60 degree and certificate program options that provide workforce and transfer pathways.

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