Sep 16, 2019  
2019-2020 Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Catalog

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Academic Recognition

To be named to the President's List, a student must earn at least 7 hours and earn a grade point average of 4.0 for the semester.

To be named to the Dean's List, a student must earn at least 7 hours and earn a grade point average of 3.5 to 3.99 for the semester.

All students enrolled at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College have the opportunity to be selected by a faculty member as a recipient of a student award. Each semester, nominations are collected based on an individual's outstanding contributions to the college campus. Recipients may be selected to receive either a Spirit Award or the Outstanding Student of the Semester Award. Receipt of awards are notated on a student's academic transcript.

Bookstore

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College has a dedicated bookstore located on the Main Campus and Technology Center. Students can purchase textbooks in the bookstore and can also order online through the website at www.blueridgectc.edu/bookstore. Textbooks will be available for pick up at both the Main Campus and the Technology Center locations. Other items are also sold within the bookstore, including Blue Ridge CTC apparel, software, study aids, etc. The current bookstore hours vary, extended hours may be available throughout the semester for book buyback and sales.

Follett Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Book Order Website is www.blueridgectc.edu/bookstore.

Student ID Card

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College students, upon enrollment, are provided a BRIDGE Student ID Card. This card should be visible at all times while on campus and must be presented upon request by administrators or faculty of Blue Ridge Community and Technical College for identification purposes. A $5.00 fee is charged for the replacement of this card. Students are required to carry this card at all times. The BRIDGE card is the property of Blue Ridge Community and Technical College and is nontransferable. Use of this card constitutes acceptance of the terms and conditions in effect at the time of use. Report lost, stolen, or found cards immediately to the Campus Security at 304-260-4380 ext 2250.

E2 Campus

Blue Ridge and Technical College offers the E2 Campus Alert System to notify students of emergency situations and/or emergency closings.  To sign-up for E2 Campus, text the word "AlertMe" to #79516.

Computer Accounts

All registered students are assigned a computer account upon registration. Students are required to obtain their account information over BRIDGE. Computer accounts allow students access and use of the Internet, email and various software in computer labs. College computers cannot be accessed without a username and password. For more information, visit the Information Technology Services website at www.blueridgectc.edu.

Library Services

Although Blue Ridge Community and Technical College does not offer a traditional library, it does offer Research Databases EBSCO Host which provides access to thousands of full-text, peer-reviewed journal articles and other academic resources.  The E-Learning department provides support to students conducting research and locating scholarly resources for their coursework.  For additional information regarding E-Learning Services, contact the E-Learning Help Desk at elearn@blueridgectc.edu or call them at 304-260-4380, extension 2349.

Career Services

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College provides free career development services for students and alumni. The Office of Career Services supports the full lifecycle of a student from career and degree exploration to job placement.  Services include: Career Assessment and Advising, Resume and Cover Letter Assistance, Mock Interviews, Job Search Assistance, Career Training & Workshops, and Job Placement through our campus recruiting opportunities including our online job board, employer connections, career fairs, and networking events. Contact the Office of Career Services by emailing CareerServices@blueridgectc.edu.

Clubs and Orgs

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College has several clubs and special interest groups which meet the needs of a diverse student body.  For questions regarding clubs and orgs, contact the Student Development Coordinator in Enrollment Management.

Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming.  To be eligible to join, a student must have a 3.5 GPA.

Developmental Courses

  • ENGL 100 – English, grammar, usage and mechanics are emphasized as well as academic writing.  ENGL 100 is designed to provide a foundation for students as they transition into college-level writing coursework.  The course examines each student's writing process, using a cumulative portfolio.  Teaching strategies include individualized, conference-based instruction, peer writing workshops, grammar and usage review, academic, and rudimentary training in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.
  • ENGL 100R – The focus of this course is to develop college reading skills and vocabulary.  Effective comprehension along with an emphasis on the application of these skills in college-level work is the goal.  Tutors are available upon request.
  • MATH 100 – Students will learn how to perform operations on real numbers, the implications of exponents and the order of operations and how to evaluate algebraic expressions.  The concepts of percents and their applications, introductory geometry, statistics, and problem-solving skills will all be incorporated.  Students will solve equations in one variable, solve literal equations for a variable, and evaluate/graph inequalities.  Students will translate and solve algebraic equations, and learn the skills required to solve application problems in one and two variables.  Students will interpret and graph linear equations as well as solving and analyzing systems of equations.  Students may also be introduced to operations on polynomials. 
  • MATH 100A – Students will perform operations on polynomials, rational, and radical expressions.  Students will use various methods to factor polynomials.  Students will solve polynomial, rational, and radical equations and apply these skills to solving application problems.  The concept of functions will be introduced as well as their operations.  Students will use interval notation to express the domain and range of a function.

Placement Testing/Assessment

The standards for assessment and placement established by the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education (Title 135 Series 21) are designed to establish uniform procedures for the placement of students in credit-bearing courses in Mathematics and English which can be applied toward an undergraduate academic degree.
Students may be exempted from taking placement tests/assessments by meeting any of the following criteria:
  1. The student has already earned a degree from an accredited college (official transcripts must be submitted to the Office of Admissions).
  2. Students who have previously taken and received a passing grade in a college level English and Math course from an accredited college (official transcripts must be submitted to the Office of Admissions).
  3. Students with acceptable SAT/ACT scores (official score report must be submitted to the Office of Admissions). See chart below for acceptable scores.
  4. Students with acceptable Compass, Accuplacer, or Asset scores from other accredited colleges (official score report must be submitted to the Office of Admission). See chart below for acceptable scores.
  5. Students with acceptable WV Grade 11 Assessment scores in English and Mathematics.

Placement Testing/Assessment: Scores & Course Placement

Students who do not meet these exemptions have the option of taking the placement tests/assessments. Students may also choose not to take the placement tests/assessments with the understanding that they must start with foundation courses for the subjects which they did not test.

Additional assessments may be available and used for course placement.  Please contact the Testing Center about these options.

READING ACT SAT * ACCUPLACER*

SAT

(Prior to March 1, 2016)

ENGL 100R (Reading Essentials)

16 or Below

(Reading)

22 or Below 

(Reading)

251 or Below

(Reading)

410 or Below

(Reading)

Exempt from a Reading Course

17 or Above

(Reading)

23 or Above  

(Reading)

252 or Above

(Reading)

420 or Above

(Reading)

         
ENGLISH ACT SAT* ACCUPLACER* 

SAT

(Prior to March 1, 2016)

ENGL 111 (Applied Technical Writing) OR

(Co-requisite Courses)  6 credits in one semester

ENGL 101  (Written English) WITH

ENGL 101L (Written English Lab) OR  

ENGL 110 (Technical Writing) WITH

ENGL 110L (Technical Writing Lab)

17 or Below 

(English)

479 or Below

OR

12 or below (Composite  Essay Score)

249 or below 

(Writing)

440 or below

(Writing)

ENGL-101 (Written English) OR

ENGL-110 (Technical Writing)

18 or Above  

(English)

480 or Above

OR 

13 or Above Composite  Essay Score

250 or Above

(Writing)

450 or Above

(Writing)

         
MATH ACT SAT* ACCUPLACER*

SAT

(Prior to March 1, 2016)

MATH-100 (Math Essentials) 17 or Below

499 or below

(Math)

249 or Below

(QAS)

or

235 or below

(Advanced Algebra Functions)

420 or Below
MATH-100A (Algebra Essentials)

18 or above 

(Math)

500-509

(Math)

236 or above

(Advanced Algebra Functions)

430-450

MATH-101 (Intro to Mathematics

MATH-102 (Technical Math) 

18 or Above  

(Math)

510 or Above

(Math)

250 or Above             

(QAS)

430-450
MATH-105 (College Algebra) 19 or Above

530 or Above

(Math)

260 or Above                     

(QAS)

460 or Above

MATH-114 (Elem Probability & Statistics) 

MATH-154 (Finite Mathematics)

19 or Above

520 or Above

(Math)

255 or Above                        

(QAS)

460 or Above

MATH-106(Trigonometry) 

MATH-108 (Pre-Calculus)

24 or Above

580 or Above

(Math)

250 or Above                   

(Advanced Algebra Functions)

550 or Above
MATH-207 (Calculus) 28 or Above

660 or Above

(Math)

276 or Above                 

(Adv Alg Functions) 

600 or Above

Disability Support Services

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College is committed to "non-discrimination" on the basis of disability in the areas of employment, program accessibility, admissions, treatment of students, academic adjustments, financial aid, employment assistance to students, and in nonacademic services.  The Student Development Coordinator works with faculty and staff, as well as a number of community agencies, to arrange for assistance in obtaining appropriate accommodations.  For more information, refer to the Disability Services Handbook found on the Blue Ridge CTC website at www.blueridgectc.edu.

Skills 101

SKILLS 101 (ENGL 100S and/or MATH 100S)

SKILLS 101 is an intensive test preparation workshop designed for students who have taken placement testing but did not place into college-level English or mathematics courses and who want the options of restudying and retesting. This workshop will enhance students skills towards successful placement in college-level English and mathematics courses. Students may choose to attend the workshops for one or both subject areas. Attendance is not a guarantee of placing into college-level English and/or mathematics when retesting.

Student Conduct

Students are expected to abide by the rules and regulations set forth in the Student Code of Conduct.  The Student Code of Conduct reflects the College community's expectations and standards established for each of its members.  The code and student judicial system are founded on principles of fairness and due process and a commitment to the educational development of students and are designed to balance the interests of the College community as a whole with the protection of students' individual liberties.

Disciplinary action on campus deals administratively and developmentally with prohibited or unacceptable student behavior in the College community.  Any complainant may refer to any student or organization to the Office of Student Success.  Official College action will be taken when a student's or student group's behavior violates community standards, interferes either with the College's educational purpose or with its duty to protect and preserve individual health, welfare, and property.  When the behavior is aggravated or presents a continuing danger to the College community, accused students are subject to separation from the institution.

Thus, the primary purpose of this Code is to serve the interests of both the Blue Ridge Community and Technical College community and the individual student by:

  1. Establishing the College's authority to discipline students.
  2. Outlining the general rights and responsibilities of students.
  3. Asserting the specific standards of conduct expected of students.
  4. Describing actions which can be taken when misconduct occurs.
  5. Establishing procedures which ensure due process in the adjudication of complaints concerning students.
  6. Imposing sanctions and/or providing conflict resolution in the College setting to protect, deter, and educate.

For further information regarding the standards, proscribed conduct and sanctions of students, refer to the Student Code of Conduct found on the Blue Ridge CTC website at www.blueridgectc.edu.

Title IX

As a recipient of federal funds, Blue Ridge Community and Technical College is required to comply with Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972 which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities.  Title IX states that "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." Sexual misconduct, as defined in this policy, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.  We encourage members of the campus community who experience any form of sexual misconduct discussed in this policy to contact our Blue Ridge Community and Technical College's Title IX Coordinator, Ann Paull, at 304-260-4380, extension 2126.  Also, complaints can be submitted through the Blue Ridge Community and Technical College's website.  For more information regarding Title IX, refer to the Blue Ridge Community and Technical College's website or Student Handbook. 

Violation of Student Rights

Any student who believes that his/her rights were violated shall:

  1. Refer to the Student Code of Conduct which can be found on the Blue Ridge CTC website at www.blueridgectc.edu.
  2. Meet with the Associate Dean of Students to file a complaint.

The Student Code of Conduct is founded on principles of fairness and due process, and a commitment to the educational development of students and is designed to balance the interests of the College community as a whole with the protection of students' individual liberties.  For more information on the Student Code of Conduct, go to the Blue Ridge CTC website at www.blueridgectc.edu for a copy.