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    Blue Ridge Community and Technical College
   
 
  Dec 10, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Catalog

Support Services


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. Textbooks must be picked up at the Technology Center. Other items are also sold within the bookstore including Blue Ridge apparel, software, study aids, etc. The current bookstore hours vary, extended hours may be available throughout the semester for book buyback and sales.  Barnes and Noble has a free app for ease of service.

Barnes and Noble Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Book Order Website is www.blueridgectc.edu/current-students/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 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 "safety" to #79516.  For more information regarding E2 Campus, refer to the Student Handbook, section Student Services.  

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.

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 a complete listing, refer to the Student Handbook, section Student Services.

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. For further information regarding Phi Theta Kappa, refer to the Student Handbook, section Student Services.

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. 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

SUBJECT
COURSE
ACT
SAT
ACCUPLACER
WV Grade 11 Assessment
ENGLISH
ENGL 100 English Essentials
ENGL 111 Applied Technical Writing
15 or Below on English
390 or Below on Writing
74 or Below on English
Level 1 (2581) or Below on English
ENGL 101 & ENGL 101L Written English w/Lab
ENGL 110 & ENGL 110L Technical Writing w/Lab                                       
16-17 on English
400-440 on Writing
75-87 on English
Level 2 (2582) or Below on English
ENGL 101 Written English
ENGL 110 Technical Writing
18 or Above on English
450 or Above on Writing
88 or Above on English
Level 3 (2583) or Above on English
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL)
Must take all three Accuplacer tests and place within range to be placed in the courses listed
ESL 101 ESL Transitions I
 
 
81 or Below on Language Usage (LU)
81 or Below on Reading Skills (RS)
87 or Below on Sentence Meaning (SM)
 
ESL 102 ESL Transitions II
 
 
82-99 on Language Usage (LU)
82-101 on Reading Skills (RS)
88-105 on Sentence Meaning (SM)
 
 
Exempt from ESL; take English Accuplacer
 
 
100 or Above on Language Usage (LU)
102 or Above on Reading Skills (RS)
106 or Above on Sentence Meaning (SM)
 
 
MATH
MATH 100 Math Essentials
17 or Below on Mathematics
420 or Below on Mathematics
84 or Below on Arithmetic
Level 2 (2627) or Below on Math
MATH 100A Algebra Essentials

MATH 101 Intro to Mathematics
MATH 102 Technical Mathematics
18 on Mathematics
430 to 450 on Mathematics
85 or Above on Arithmetic
Level 3 (2628) or Above on Math
MATH 105 Algebra
MATH 114 Elem Probability & Statistics
MATH 154 Finite Mathematics
19 or Above on Mathematics
460 or Above on Mathematics
76 or Above on Elementary Algebra
Level 3 (2628) or Above on Math
MATH 106 Trigonometry
MATH 108 Pre-Calculus
24 or Above on Mathematics
550 or Above on Mathematics
86 or Above on College Math
 
MATH 207 Calculus
28 or Above on Mathematics
600 or Above on Mathematics
90 or Above on College Math
 
READING
ENGL 100R Reading Essentials
16 or Below on Reading
410 or Below on Reading
78 or Below on Reading
 
Exempt from Reading
17 or Above on Reading
420 or Above on Reading
79 or Above on Reading
 

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.

Disability Support Services

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College is committed to "nondiscrimination" 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 Office of Student Success works with faculty and staff, as well as a number of community agencies, to arrange for assistance in obtaining appropriate accommodations.  Refer to the Student Handbook, section Student Services for further information.

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 restudy and retesting. This workshop will enhance the skills for successful placement into 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. The workshops are recommended for students who had placement scores close, but not quite at college level, and for students who may have taken developmental English and/or mathematics course(s) and did not complete or failed the course(s).

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 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.

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, section Student Code of Conduct.  

Violation of Student Rights

Any student who believes that his/her rights were violated by a college employee may take the following actions:

  1. Make an informal appeal to that employee's immediate supervisor.
  2. If an acceptable solution is not reached, the student may continue informal appeals through organizational channels ending with a written decision from the Vice President of Enrollment Management.
  3. If an acceptable solution is not reached at step 2, the student may, within 10 days after the date of the written decision, submit a written appeal to the chairperson of the Student Appellate Hearing Committee.  The written appeal will state the circumstances pertaining to the case, the justification for the appeal and the remedy sought.  The committee may render a decision on the written petition, request further information and documentation, or conduct a hearing.

The committee will render its decision as soon as possible after completion of the hearing.  Any affected party dissatisfied with the decision of the committee may make a written appeal to the campus president within 10 calendar days after the date of the committee's written decision.  The campus president, or designee, may, in part, affirm, reverse or modify the committee's decision.  The president's decision will be rendered within 30 calendar days and will be final.