Advance Your Career with a Core Education Certificate

With a Core Education certificate program, improve your professional competencies to get a competitive advantage in the job market.

Blue Ridge CTC’s Core Education certificate offers students an extensive curriculum with coursework in communication, social and cultural awareness, and scientific and quantitative reasoning along with focused study in a particular content area.

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Why Pursue a Certificate in Core Education

A certificate for core education helps expand knowledge and competencies through experiential learning to build a strong base for a bright career.

    • Improve professional skills in a specialized area.
    • Advance an existing career.
    • Complete a series of educational courses in a specialized area.
    • Explore the specialty tracks and elective options aligning with your career goals.

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Explore your career goals by beginning with a variety of general education classes aligned with your goals.

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Expand Your Knowledge with the Core Education Certificate Program

With our Core Education certificate, students enhance professional skills focused on selected content areas. Students learn to efficiently communicate and transfer information at the workplace.

In this program, apart from improving professional skills, students experience insightful lectures that enhance their learning experience in specialized content areas such as Communication Studies, General Education, Public Relations, and Social Sciences.

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What You Will Learn - Curriculum Overview

Gain knowledge on general education and specialized subject areas from our highly trained faculty.

The comprehensive curriculum teaches students professional communication, social and cultural awareness, scientific and quantitative reasoning, psychological principles, sociology, and focused study in a particular content area. The course lets students:

    • Apply critical thinking and mathematical skills to solve problems.
    • Compose coherent documents and oral presentations appropriate to a specific purpose and audience.
    • Utilize psychological or sociological principles to analyze personal, societal, and organizational issues.
    • Learn to present and transfer information efficiently.

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Stories of Excellence

Let’s hear from our alumni who successfully completed professional development certificate programs and came closer to their career goals.

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Worried About Financing? Many Options Exist for Financial Aid.

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

Whether you are a student worrying about tuition fees or are a parent assisting a child pay 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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With this time-saving and cost-effective Professional Development certificate in West Virginia, get an upper hand in your career by improving professional competencies through experiential learning guided by highly trained faculty.
The comprehensive curriculum of the on-campus or online Professional Development certificate program teaches students professional communication, social and cultural awareness, scientific and quantitative reasoning, psychological principles, sociology, and focused study in a particular content area.


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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