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  Aug 19, 2017
 
 
    
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2017-2018 Catalog

General Information


Mission Statement

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College is dedicated to providing a diverse student population with collaborative programs and support services to improve the quality of life and promote economic development in its service area. Its quality academic programs are learner centered and focus on career entry, university transfer, developmental education, and workforce development.

Vision Statement

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College curriculum is integrated directly with the economic and workforce needs of the region. Programs of study are designed to meet the needs expressed by community members, advisory boards, employers, and workforce as reflected in on-going needs analysis of the region. Blue Ridge Community and Technical College faculty and staff continuously analyze and modify the curricula and programs to meet the educational needs of an increasingly complex and technological society. Blue Ridge Community and Technical College intends to meet the educational challenges of the 21st century and to provide quality educational experiences for the population of the Eastern Panhandle.

Policy of Nondiscrimination

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College provides 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:
Justin Ruble, Vice President of Human Resources
Blue Ridge Community and Technical College
13650 Apple Harvest Drive
Martinsburg, WV 25403
304.260.4380 ext 2234
jruble@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 2017

08/18/2017

Fri

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

08/21/2017

Mon

Classes Begin

08/25/2017

Fri

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

09/01/2017

Fri

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

09/04/2017

Mon

Labor Day Holiday – College Closed

09/11/2017

Mon

Last Day to Change a Course from Credit to Audit Status

10/06/2017

Fri

Last Day to Apply for May Graduation
Last Day to Withdraw from First 8 Weeks Class

10/9/2017

Mon

First Day of Mid-Term Exams

10/14/2017

Sat

Last Day of Mid-Term Exams

10/16/2017

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

10/18/2017

Wed

Grades Available on BRIDGE – Tentative

10/23/2017

Mon

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

11/17/2017

Fri

Last Day to Apply for a Certificate for December

11/20/2017

Mon

First Day of Thanksgiving Recess

11/26/2017

Sun

Last Day of Thanksgiving Recess

12/08/2017

Fri

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

Last Day of Classes

12/11/2017

Mon

First Day of Final Exams

12/16/2017

Sat

Last Day of Final Exams

12/18/2017

Mon

Grades Due at 9:00 am

12/20/2017

Wed

Grades Available on BRIDGE - Tentative

Spring 2018

1/12/2018

Fri

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

1/15/2018

Mon

Martin Luther King Jr Day, College Closed

1/16/2018

Tue

Classes Begin

1/22/2018

Mon

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

1/29/2018

Mon

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

2/05/2018

Mon

Last Day to Change a Course from Credit to Audit Status

3/02/2018

Fri

Last Day to Apply for August and December Graduation
Last Day to Withdraw from First 8-Weeks Class

3/05/2018

Mon

First Day of Mid-Term Exams

3/10/2018

Sat

Last Day of Mid-Term Exams

3/12/2018

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

3/14/2018

Wed

Grades Available on BRIDGE - Tentative

3/19/2018

Mon

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

3/21/2018

Wed

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

4/2/2018

Mon

First Day of Spring Recess

4/8/2018

Sun

Last Day of Spring Recess

4/6/2018

Fri

Last Day to Apply for a Certificate for May

5/04/2018

Fri

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

Last Day of Classes

5/07/2018

Mon

First Day of Final Exams

5/12/2018

Sat

Last Day of Final Exams

5/14/2018

Mon

Grades Due at 9:00 am

5/16/2018

Wed

Grades Available on BRIDGE - Tentative

5/24/2018

Thur

Commencement (Tentative)

Summer 2018

5/25/2018

Fri

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

5/28/2018

Mon

Memorial Day Holiday – College Closed

5/29/2018

Tue

Classes Begin

6/01/2018

Fri

Late Registration Ends– ends @ 11:00 pm

6/06/2018

Wed

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

6/11/2018

Mon

Last Day to Change a Course from Credit to Audit Status

6/22/2018

Fri

Last Day to Withdraw from a First 5 Weeks Class

6/30/2018

Sat

First 5 Weeks Classes End

7/02/2018

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

7/04/2018

Wed

Independence Day Holiday – College Closed

7/05/2018

Thurs

Grades Available on BRIDGE - Tentative

8/03/2018

Fri

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

8/4/2018

Sat

Summer Classes End

8/6/2018

Mon

Grades due at 9:00 am

8/8/2017

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 5500 students and 135 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 March 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 March 2005, CTC Shepherd was accredited as an independent institution by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association (NCA). On July 1, 2006, CTC Shepherd officially became Blue Ridge Community and Technical College.

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, 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.