Use Your Workplace Experience for Credit in the Board of Governors Associate of Applied Science Program

Our industry-driven associate degree in Board of Governors is designed for individuals who have been in the workforce and would like to convert prior learning into College credit. Examples include on the job training, certifications, licensures, and any other demonstrated skill obtained while in the workforce.

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Earn an Associate Degree in Board of Governors Designed for You

An associate degree in the Board of Governors is designed by industry experts and offers students an opportunity to convert prior learning and workforce training into College credit.

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Build a solid foundation for a promising career with our Board of Governors A.A.S. program. Blue Ridge CTC offers a blend of real-world knowledge and additional workforce skills employers look for in qualified applicants.

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Workforce Experience

Convert on-the-job training and years of workforce experience into college credit.

Credit for

Military Experience

Receive college credit for experience and training completed during military service.

Credit for

Licenses or Certifications

Receive college credit for certification and licensures such as the National Registry for Paramedics, technology certifications such as A+, Network +, Security +, CCNA, Quickbooks, Microsoft, and more!

Why Pursue the Board of Governors Associate of Applied Science program?

Exclusively designed for the adult learner, the Board of Governors Degree gives students the flexibility to design their degree and earn it at a faster pace. By using a portfolio process, past work, learning, college, or military experience can potentially count towards college credits. Students upon completing the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Board of Governors will:

    • Demonstrate the interpersonal and evaluative skills necessary to effectively provide and receive constructive feedback.
    • Identify ways in which lifelong learning and aesthetic interests correlate with college-level learning.
    • Exhibit skills necessary for a successful transition to other colleges/universities or into the workforce.
    • Apply work experience to reduce the average time toward earning a degree
    • Assess historical, social, political trends that have shaped culture through completing general education courses.
    • Cultivate an understanding of basic computer concepts applicable in the real-world environment.
    • Explain the theoretical correlation of prior learning from previous experience and how it applies to the current degree path.

Apply Workforce Experience and Prior Learning with the Board of Governors Program

The associate degree in Board of Governors provides a pathway for the adult learner to convert real workforce experience into College credit. Options for prior learning assessment are unlimited.

Blue Ridge CTC allows you to apply relevant learning, work and life experiences toward college credits through the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process. Reduce the time spent obtaining the degree and reduce your overall cost.

Earn the degree from our School of Workforce Development and Engineering Technologies.

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Course Duration

varies based on prior College Credit requirements or prior Learning assessments.


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What Will You Learn - Curriculum Overview

The Board of Governors A.A.S. degree combines workforce and prior learning with basic general education skills to create a well rounded learner.

In addition to prior learning experience, the Board of Governors program incorporates a variety of English, Math, Science, and Computer skills necessary to provide a solid foundation of knowledge. A variety of elective options are available, customizing each degree based on the student. Examples of courses included may include:

    • Basic computer, maths, communication, and soft skills.
    • Ability to interpret, analyze, and solve critical problems.
    • Assessment  political, social, and historical trends that have shaped culture.
    • Development of  interpersonal skills to work collaboratively in teams.

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Blue Ridge CTC acts as a catalyst to career goals, gives students exposure to real-time career prospects, and provides a learning environment supporting personal and professional growth.

World-class Pedagogy That Shapes Future Leaders!

Effective faculty is the backbone of any school. Our faculty are committed teachers and scholars who:

Deliver real-world learning to shape a students’ job market competency.

Impart teaching that promotes creativity and sets the base for further 4-year programs.

Extend a smart learning model that raises job prospects.

Integrate best-in-class learning formats and resources to drive focused learning.

Student Support Services and Spaces for Balanced Learning!

We provide comprehensive Student Support Services to promote student success.

Student Services provides a variety of support, including tutoring, accessibility accommodations, and more!

We provide high-tech classes, supporting labs, and study areas to promote a balanced education.

We recognize talent and celebrate performance with awards and acknowledgments.

We have supportive staff to help with personal, professional, and academic challenges.

Placement Assistance to Nurture Careers!

We support students from admission through the career search! Career Services assists students:

Find the right kind of job with a career inventory assessment.

Get assistance on resume writing and referral to participating employer partners.

With interview preparation to boost their morale and get prepared with the right narration to win job negotiations.

Get a holistic learning environment, where they are nurtured to become the next set of professionals entering the workforce.

Promoting Equity to Develop an Intercultural College Environment!

As a community of students, faculty, staff, and external stakeholders, we strive for diversity, equity, and inclusion on our campuses, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Campus diversity encourages open dialogue on campus.

Equity removes barriers and ensures equal opportunities are afforded to all.

Our campus offers an inclusive, welcoming environment where all are valued, celebrated, and included.

The campus community promotes diversity and inclusion through a variety of speakers and events.

Hands-on Training and Internship Opportunities

We are committed to providing students with real-time training and internship opportunities to enter the workforce directly after graduating.

We provide industry expert instruction to strengthen job-specific skills needed for real-world challenges.

We assist students with internship opportunities to find their way to a successful career.

We provide industry-certified expert supervision and guidance to raise students’ job prospects in the Government and Private sectors.

Our campus is well equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories, machinery, hardware, and software required to provide the technical skills needed for real jobs.

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Blue Ridge CTC provides need-based financial aid to qualified applicants, ensuring all students have equal access to quality education.

Whether you are a student worrying about tuition fees or are a parent assisting a child paying for college, we have a wide variety of financial resources available.

    • State and Federal Grant Programs 
    • Student Work-Study Opportunities 
    • Student Loans 
    • Special Grant Funding Opportunities
    • Blue Ridge CTC Foundation Scholarship opportunities

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about the Board of Governors A.A.S. program? We can Help!

The Board of Governors program provides options for students to use prior learning and workforce experience toward a college degree. You may be able to fulfill some elective, interdisciplinary and/or general education courses by going through the Prior Learning Process (PLA) process. To be eligible for PLA credits, you must be an undergraduate student who has already been accepted into Blue Ridge and completed the admission process.
There is a submission fee and a fee per credit assessed applied to your program. The submission fee is $300, and the fee per credit awarded is $10. Application to the PLA process does not guarantee credits will be applied, so please read the qualifications carefully. Speak with your Academic Advisor about whether your experience can qualify for college credit.
There are two ways to qualify: Create a Professional Training Portfolio. This portfolio will include a description of an institutional or corporate training course, the date it was completed, number of hours of training and other essential information, such as a course description. The portfolio includes:
  • Goal Statement
  • Experience Tables
  • Resume and Cover Letter
  • Experiential Essays
  • Supporting Documentation
Posting of Credits for a recognized standard certification Certification credits are approved and awarded through program assessment by Program Coordinators.
Industry Experts and Subject Matter Experts determine the credit awarded. Resources such as the American Council for Education (ACE), Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) are used to determine guidelines for credit award in some instances. WVCTCS Policy and Standardized Award Processes provide guidelines for the Board of Governors degree.
Below are examples of prior learning that may be eligible for college credit. This list is not exclusive. Each degree program is customized based on the individual student’s background and eligible experience.  Career Experience
  • Airframe and Powerplant
  • ASE Automotive
  • Cosmetology License
  • Electricians License
  • Real Estate License
  • Massage Therapy License
  • Surgical Technician License
  • Culinary License
  • HVAC License
  • CNA
  • LPN
  • Radiology Technician
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Dental Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician
Life Experience and Training:
  • Corrections
  • Police Academy
  • Professional Enrichment
  • Volunteer Work
  • Military
  • State Police
  • Cadet Training
  • Mortuary Science
  • Fire Fighter
  • Land Surveying
Tests – Exams/ Certifications
  • CLEP
  • Microsoft
  • CompTIA
  • Certiport
  • Work Keys
Admission requirements to the Board of Governors associate degree program include a high school diploma or equivalent and a complete application packet. Students who have earned credits at other Colleges or Universities must also provide official copies of those transcripts. There is also a $25 application fee that can be paid at any time once an application is submitted.
Blue Ridge CTC does not require ACT or SAT scores to qualify for admission to an associate degree in the Board of Governors. Students may need ACT or SAT scores, or free placement testing to qualify for courses such as English, Math, or Chemistry. Placement testing can be scheduled at any time during the application process.


Note: All salary projections are based on the current position and educational needs. BRCTC cannot guarantee that job titles or the projections given will be the salaries students or graduates will ultimately receive. Two year completion is approximate and based on full-time enrollment. Student testimonials, income statements, and examples on the College website are the results of real students. These testimonials are not intended to guarantee that anyone will achieve the same or similar results. Each individual’s success depends on his or her desire, commitment, dedication, and motivation to pursue academic and workforce opportunities. Testimonials are not intended to create a contract between a student and the College.

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