Dec 05, 2019  
2019-2020 Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Catalog

General Information


Mission Statement

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.

Vision Statement

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.

Core Values:

Stewardship:
  • Put student access, learning, and success first.
  • Support a safe, collaborating, 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.

Policy of Nondiscrimination

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College provides an opportunity to all prospective and current members of the student body, faculty, and staff on the basis of individual qualifications and merit without regard to race, color, sex, sexual preference, religion, age, national origin, or disability. The College neither affiliates knowingly with nor grants recognition to any individual, group, or organization having policies that discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual preference, national origin, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, financial status, veteran status, or disability, as defined by applicable laws and regulations.

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College is required by Section 904, Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972, not to deny admission on the ground of blindness or severely impaired vision; by 45 CFR 84, Subpart E, Section 84.42, and by Section 504 Rehabilitation Act of 1973, nor to deny admission on basis of handicap; by 45 CFR 90, 91 not to discriminate on basis of age; and by 45 CFR 86, Subpart C, Section 86.21, not to deny admission on basis of sex. By Title Vl of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the ground of race, color, or national origin. Blue Ridge Community and Technical College is an equal opportunity-affirmative action employer in compliance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, West Virginia Human Rights Act, Title IX (Education Amendments of 1972), Section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973, American with Disabilities Act, and other applicable laws and regulations.

ADA Coordinator:
Alexis Dixon, Student Development Coordinator
Blue Ridge Community and Technical College
13650 Apple Harvest Drive
Martinsburg, WV 25403
304.260.4380 ext 2117
adixon@blueridgectc.edu

EEO Coordinator:
Randall Miller, Vice President
Blue Ridge Community and Technical College
13650 Apple Harvest Drive
Martinsburg, WV 25403
304.260.4380 ext 2321
rmiller@blueridgectc.edu

Title IX Coordinator:
Ann Paull, Assistant to the Vice President of Enrollment Management
Blue Ridge Community and Technical College
13650 Apple Harvest Drive
Martinsburg, WV 25403
304.260.4380 ext. 2126
apaull@blueridgectc.edu

Academic Calendars

The academic year consists of two, 15-week semesters offered in the fall and spring of each year. Additionally, a 10-week summer session is offered. (Dates are subject to change. Please check the website for updated information).

Fall 2019 Academic Calendar

08/16/2019

Fri

Add/Drop and Late Registration (Late Fee Applies) via BRIDGE

08/19/2019

Mon

Classes Begin

08/26/2019

Mon

Last Day to Add/Drop or Late Register via BRIDGE - ends @ 11:00 pm

08/30/2019

Fri

Last Day to Change a Course from Credit to Pass/Fail Status via Bridge

09/02/2019

Mon

Labor Day Holiday – College Closed

09/09/2019

Mon

Last Day to Change a Course from Credit to Audit Status via Bridge

10/04/2019

Fri

Last Day to Withdraw from First 8 Weeks Class

10/07/2019

Mon

First Day of Mid-Term Exams

10/12/2019

Sat

Last Day of Mid-Term Exams

10/14/2019

Mon

Mid-Term Grades due at 9:00 am for 16 Week Classes
Final Grades due at 9:00 am for First 8 Weeks Classes
Second 8 Weeks Classes Begin
First Day of Academic Advisement for Continuing Students for Spring

10/16/2019

Wed

Grades Available on BRIDGE – Tentative

10/21/2019

Mon

First Day of Spring BRIDGE Registration for Continuing Students
Spring Booklist Available (Tentative)

11/01/2019

Fri

Last Day to Apply for December Graduation for Associate Degrees via Bridge

11/15/2019

Fri

Last Day to Apply for December Graduation for a Certificate Degree see Advisor

11/22/2019

Fri

Deadline for Administrative Withdraws

11/25/2019

Mon

First Day of Thanksgiving Recess

12/01/2019

Sun

Last Day of Thanksgiving Recess

12/06/2019

Fri

Last Day to Withdraw from Full Semester or Second 8 Week Class

Last Day of Classes

12/09/2019

Mon

First Day of Final Exams

12/14/2019

Sat

Last Day of Final Exams

12/16/2019

Mon

Grades Due at 9:00 am

12/18/2019

Wed

Grades Available on BRIDGE - Tentative

Spring 2020 Academic Calendar

1/17/2020

Fri

Add/Drop and Late Registration (Late Fee Applies) via BRIDGE

1/20/2020

Mon

Martin Luther King Jr Day, College Closed

1/21/2020

Tue

Classes Begin

1/27/2020

Mon

Last Day to Add/Drop or Late Register via BRIDGE – ends @ 11:00 pm

2/03/2020

Mon

Last Day to Change a Course from Credit to Pass/Fail Status via Bridge

2/10/2020

Mon

Last Day to Change a Course from Credit to Audit Status via Bridge

3/06/2020

Fri

Last Day to Withdraw from First 8-Weeks Class

3/09/2020

Mon

First Day of Mid-Term Exams

3/14/2020

Sat

Last Day of Mid-Term Exams

3/16/2020

Mon

Mid-Term Grades due at 9:00 am for 16 Week Classes
Final Grades due at 9:00 am for First 8 Weeks Classes
Second 8 Weeks Classes Begin
First Day of Academic Advisement for Continuing Students Summer & Fall

3/18/2020

Wed

Grades Available on BRIDGE - Tentative

3/23/2020

Mon

First Day of Summer BRIDGE Registration for Continuing Students
Summer Booklist Available (Tentative)

3/25/2020

Wed

First Day of Fall BRIDGE Registration for Continuing Students
Fall Booklist Available (Tentative)

4/01/2020

Wed

Last Day to Apply for May Graduation for Associate Degrees

4/06/2020

Mon

First Day of Spring Recess

4/12/2020

Sun

Last Day of Spring Recess

4/15/2020

Wed

Last Day to Apply for May Graduation for a Certificate Degree

5/1/2020

Fri

Deadline for Administrative Withdraws

5/8/2020

Fri

Last Day to Withdraw from Full Semester or Second 8 Week Class

Last Day of Classes

5/11/2020

Mon

First Day of Final Exams

5/16/2020

Sat

Last Day of Final Exams

5/18/2020

Mon

Grades Due at 9:00 am

5/20/2020

Wed

Grades Available on BRIDGE - Tentative

5/28/2020

Thur

Commencement (Tentative)

Summer 2020 Academic Calendar

5/22/2020

Fri

Add/Drop and Late Registration (Late Fee Applies) via BRIDGE

5/25/2020

Mon

Memorial Day Holiday – College Closed

5/26/2020

Tue

Classes Begin

5/31/2020

Sun

Late Registration Ends– ends @ 11:00 pm on Bridge

6/03/2020

Wed

Last Day to Change a Course from Credit to Pass/Fail Status  via Bridge

6/08/2020

Mon

Last Day to Change a Course from Credit to Audit Status  via Bridge

6/19/2020

Fri

Last Day to Withdraw from a First 5 Weeks Class

6/27/2020

Sat

First 5 Weeks Classes End

6/29/2020

Mon

Mid-Term Grades due at 9:00 am for 10 Week Classes
Final Grades due at 9:00 am for First 5 Weeks Classes
Second 5 Weeks Classes Begin

7/01/2020

Wed

Last Day to Apply for August Graduation for Associate Degrees via Bridge
Grades Available on BRIDGE - Tentative

7/03/2020

Fri

Independence Day Holiday – College Closed

7/10/2020

Fri

Last Day to Apply for August Graduation for a Certificate Degree see Advisor

7/24/2020

Fri

Deadline for Administrative Withdraws

Last Day to Withdraw from a Second 5 Week/10 Week Class

8/01/2020

Sat

Summer Classes End

8/03/2020

Mon

Grades due at 9:00 am

8/05/2020

Wed

Grades Available on BRIDGE - Tentative

Accreditation

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College (BRCTC) serves the West Virginia counties of Berkeley, Jefferson, and Morgan.  The College has evolved from a small presence in the Eastern Panhandle to an institution of over 6000 students and 165 full-time employees.  Blue Ridge Community and Technical College operated as a component of Shepherd College and traces its beginnings to 1974.  The College received its accreditation through its host institution, now Shepherd University. Over the next 25 years, the West Virginia legislature passed progressively more emphatic legislation calling for independent community colleges in the state. 

The legislation passed by the state enabled Blue Ridge Community and Technical College to gradually attain a new location and independent accreditation. In 2001, Blue Ridge Community and Technical College's first milestone was to move from Shepherdstown to Martinsburg, WV.  The new location and new legislation allowed Blue Ridge Community and Technical College to operate as a free-standing institution and perform such actions as developing its own budget, hiring faculty, developing its own strategic plan, organizing an independent Board of Governors and becoming independently accredited. 

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College was independently accredited by the Higher Learning Commission in February 2005.  The College, which had held the name of the Community and Technical College (CTC) of Shepherd, was officially renamed Blue Ridge Community and Technical College on July 1, 2006.  Blue Ridge Community and Technical College has since received reaffirmation of accreditation in 2010 and most recently in 2015.

For more information regarding the institution's accreditation status, please visit https://www.hlcommission.org/component/directory/?Action=ShowBasic&Itemid=&instid=2854.

History of Blue Ridge Community and Technical College

Shepherd College began offering 2-year programs in disciplines such as business in the 1960s. Officially, Shepherd Community College began in 1974 when the Nursing Department became the first official two-year program to be adopted by Shepherd. In 1989, the West Virginia State Board of Directors requested Shepherd to re-confirm its point of interest in operating a Community College. Dr. Pete Checkovich was chosen to become Dean of the Community and Technical College.  He later was named Provost, and in 2004 became President of Community and Technical College of Shepherd (CTC Shepherd). CTC Shepherd was located on the basement floor of Gardiner Hall in Shepherdstown until August 2001. Meanwhile, the Martinsburg City Council contacted college officials about the possibility of bringing the Community and Technical College to Martinsburg. The City Council offered a grant for the College if it would relocate, and offered to help the College find a suitable location in Martinsburg. The site selected was the former Blue Ridge Outlets. Their offer along with the location of the building was presented to the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission in the fall of 2000 and the move to Martinsburg was approved. In June of 2001, renovation of the Berkeley Building of the former Blue Ridge Outlet Complex began. Classes began at the Community and Technical College on August 20, 2001. In early 2002, the Berkeley County Commissioners finalized the purchase of the Blue Ridge Outlets complex; negotiations resulted in the May, 2003 relocation of the CTC Shepherd to the newly renovated Dunn Building. In February 2005, CTC Shepherd was accredited as an independent institution by The Higher Learning Commission and was a member of the North Central Association (NCA). On July 1, 2006, CTC Shepherd officially became Blue Ridge Community and Technical College.  Currently, Blue Ridge Community and Technical College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Dunn Building housed Blue Ridge Community and Technical College from 2003 – 2012 and accommodated the rapidly growing population. As enrollment continued to climb, College officials quickly recognized the need for a new headquarters building. In Fall of 2009, the College purchased 46 acres on Route 45 in Martinsburg, which now houses the new main campus. Construction began Fall of 2010 and the beautiful new campus was completed during the Spring of 2012.  The 55,000 square foot building offers 18 classrooms, additional parking, and an on-campus servery to the student body. The gorgeous new building is a welcomed addition to the scenery and backdrop within Berkeley County, West Virginia and will easily serve the thousands of students to come.

Workforce Development

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College is a resource for employers in Berkeley, Morgan, and Jefferson Counties. Its academic educational programs, together with strong business and industry training programs, have created a learning organization whose students and graduates are among the best-prepared citizens and workers in the state.

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College provides educational solutions to the emerging and incumbent workforce that includes customized training design and delivery, supports industry certification, and improves the workplace performance of our customers. For additional information, please visit our website (www.blueridgectc.edu) or contact Ann Shipway at (304) 260-4380.

Campus Locations

Headquarters

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Headquarters is located at 13650 Apple Harvest Drive, Martinsburg, West Virginia 25403, and the phone number is (304) 260-4380. Blue Ridge Community and Technical College administrative and faculty offices are at this location.

Technology Center

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College opened its Technology Center in the Berkeley Business Park, located at 5550 Winchester Avenue, Martinsburg, WV 25405. The Technology Center held its ribbon cutting ceremony on June 18, 2008. Governor Joe Manchin, III gave the keynote address. This building was opened with a partnership with Allegheny Energy. The facility has an indoor and outdoor pole park, classrooms, lab classrooms for Culinary Arts, Mechatronics, Physical Therapy Assisting, Medical Assisting, Applied Lab Technician, Heavy Equipment Technician, Plastics, computer labs, and many office spaces. This site is approved by The Higher Learning Commission and the Department of Education. Please contact the College for more information.

The Pines Opportunity Center

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College began using the Morgan County Center during the Fall of 2012. The Center is located in the Pines Opportunity Center, 109 War Memorial Drive, at the former Berkeley Springs hospital. Currently, there are five standard classrooms along with several smaller rooms that can easily accommodate small groups and meetings. Please contact the College for more information.