May 18, 2024  
2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Welcome from the President

Message from the President

Welcome to Blue Ridge Community and Technical College!  As I write this introduction, the country is still managing a response to Covid.  We are beginning our third year of the virus and, although no one knows with certainty what will happen, it does appear that the pandemic will become endemic and be with us for some time.  It is the case that some of the practices we have adopted as a result of dealing with Covid will continue, such as hand washing, some distancing, and other steps when and if the numbers of infections rise to a certain level.  Blended learning, remote learning, and in person classes will continue to be offered at Blue Ridge to accommodate the different learning styles and situations for students.

In my introduction I usually talk about the importance of a good education.  A good education is even more important now than ever.  With a good education you can earn a living, raise a family, help those less fortunate, and have a better chance of leading the life you dream about.  As President of the College, I have the opportunity to see lives improved and students grow and prosper.  Being able to do so is a very fulfilling feeling and I am most fortunate to be the President of an institution that changes lives for the better.

Blue Ridge continues to be a very busy place with a lot going on. Within the pages of our catalog, I think you will find an enormous amount of information that will guide you toward a good education and maybe, just maybe, you will find a field of interest that will provide a lifetime of enjoyment and a career that is gratifying and rewarding. Our College continues to deliver in our areas of strength.  Whether you chose to pursue workforce preparation, transfer programs, or early college we can help you. For example:

  • We offer many opportunities for students to complete work at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College and transfer to a baccalaureate institution.
  • Students in Berkeley, Jefferson, and Morgan County Schools experience exciting programs that will prepare completers for a jump start on their college education.
  • Our Culinary Academy continues to prepare healthy and affordable meals for purchase by our faculty, staff, and students. Good nutrition is a major part of maintaining a healthy and productive life and our Bruins are there to help with that goal.
  • With the help of Senate Bill 1 and West Virginia Invests, students can now qualify for study in selected degree programs at a greatly reduced cost to the student.
  • Our Foundation continues to offer scholarships to qualified students which greatly enhance the affordability of a college education and the success of our students.
  • Our accreditation is strong and we have terrific partnerships with many local and regional industries that can be future employers for students in occupational programs.

At Blue Ridge, students are why we exist. Our students are the primary 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.

Welcome to The Ridge!

Best Wishes,

Dr. Peter G. Checkovich