BridgeValley Community and Technical College

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BridgeValley Community and Technical College
BridgeValley CTC logo.png
Established 2014
Type Comprehensive, Associate Degree Granting, Public Institution
President Beverly Jo Harris
Location Montgomery and South Charleston, West Virginia, United States
Former names Bridgemont Community and Technical College (Montgomery campus)
Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College (South Charleston campus)
Website http://www.bridgevalley.edu/

BridgeValley Community and Technical College (BVCTC) is a multi-campus, comprehensive community and technical college that provides a broad spectrum of associate degrees, certificates, industry certifications, continuing education, community service, employee training, developmental and transfer education. BridgeValley is the result of a merger between two former community colleges: Bridgemont Community and Technical College in Montgomery, West Virginia and Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College in South Charleston, West Virginia, United States. Both schools maintain their respective campuses and course offerings. The two schools became officially known as BridgeValley Community and Technical College in the fall of 2014.

History[edit]

Montgomery campus (Bridgemont)[edit]

BridgeValley Community and Technical College - Montgomery Campus
Motto Spanning a lifetime for success.
Established 1966
Type Comprehensive, Associate Degree Granting, Public Institution
President Beverly Jo Harris
Location Montgomery, West Virginia, United States
38°10′48″N 81°19′40″W / 38.1801°N 81.3279°W / 38.1801; -81.3279 (Montgomery Campus)
Former names Community and Technical College at WVU Tech
Bridgemont Community and Technical College

The Montgomery campus, formerly known as Bridgemont Community and Technical College, serves the upper Kanawha Valley region of West Virginia. It was established in 1966 as the community college of the West Virginia University Institute of Technology.[1] Under a reorganization of the system passed in 2008, the state's community colleges were "divorced" from the general colleges and universities and had to adopt new names unrelated to their parent institutions. Formerly named the Community and Technical College at WVU Tech, the new name referenced the many bridges and mountains in the area.

South Charleston campus (Kanawha Valley)[edit]

BridgeValley Community and Technical College - South Charleston Campus
KVCTC logo.jpg
The former Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College logo.
Motto Your Opportunity Starts Here
Established 1953
Type Comprehensive, Associate Degree Granting, Public Institution
President Beverly Jo Harris
Admin. staff 41 full-time, 55 adjuncts
Students 2227 (Fall 2009)[2]
Location South Charleston, West Virginia, United States
38°21′14″N 81°41′54″W / 38.3538°N 81.6983°W / 38.3538; -81.6983 (South Charleston Campus)
Campus suburban
Former names West Virginia State Community and Technical College
Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College

The South Charleston campus, formerly known as Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College (KVCTC), was established in 1953 as a community college on the campus of what was then West Virginia State College (now University). In 2003, it was accredited as West Virginia State Community and Technical College, but remained administratively linked to WVSU. In 2008, the legislature fully separated the Community and Technical College from its parent 4-year institution, however, both schools continued to share the same campus. Due to the extremely crowded conditions endured by both KVCTC and WVSU and for the schools to facilitate their missions, ongoing efforts were made to establish a new, separate campus. In the fall of 2012, KVCTC moved to its new campus in South Charleston, located at the former Dow research facility.

In 2009, the school went through a name change to distinguish itself from West Virginia State University. The school's new name was officially announced on April 20, 2009 as Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College.[3] KVCTC held its first commencement ceremony on May 16, 2009. Previously, Kanawha Valley held its commencement in a joint ceremony with West Virginia State.[4] In May 2012, KVCTC received national recognition by earning the MAP-Works Overall Excellence Award for implementing a program aimed at student success.[5]

Merger[edit]

In early 2013, a bill was in process to combine Bridgemont Community and Technical College in Montgomery with Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College in South Charleston. The schools combined their administrations, but maintain both campuses and all course offerings. According to former KVCTC President Joseph Badgley, "This is a model that should have been a place a long time ago, ... This is a good time to do it to since I’m retiring and it will make the transition much easier." Bridgemont President Beverly Jo Harris said "We have worked hand in hand [with KVCTC] over the past several years trying not to duplicate programs, ... Now under one administrative structure, we’ll have a very broad range of healthcare and technology programming."[6] Over the 2013-14 academic year, the schools operated independently. In the fall of 2014, the combined schools became officially known as BridgeValley Community and Technical College (BVCTC).[7] Harris was named president of the new multi-campus college.[8]

Degrees offered[edit]

The South Charleston campus grants more than 20 Associate in Applied Science Degrees, one Associate in Science Degree, one Associate in Arts Degree, 17 Certificate of Applied Science Degrees, and twelve Skill Sets. To meet the expressed need for nurses in the region, the college began its first Associate Degree in Nursing in the fall of 2005.

The Business Studies Division has articulation agreements with Marshall University and West Virginia State University for students to transfer the Accounting, Finance, Management and Marketing degrees into a baccalaureate program. An agreement exists with Marshall University to transfer the Computers and Information Technology: Management Information Systems degree from BVCTC.[9] The Paralegal Studies program has an articulation agreement with the University of Charleston to transfer students from that program into the University of Charleston's baccalaureate Political Science program. More information about the paralegal courses that transfer into that program can be found by visiting the following website: https://sites.google.com/site/bridgevalleyparalegalstudies/

Accreditation[edit]

The South Charleston campus has met the recommended criteria to become an independently accredited institution by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In October 2004, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association approved the South Charleston campus to receive the maximum five year initial accreditation. Following a return visit in April 2010, the school was granted the maximum ten year accreditation.

The Nursing program at the South Charleston campus is fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. and the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses since 2007. At an accreditation visit in 2012, the NLNAC recommended the full eight-year accreditation of the nursing program.

The Nuclear Medicine program at the South Charleston campus is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Community and Technical College at WVU Tech changes name". WVU Today. West Virginia University. May 21, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-01. 
  2. ^ "Institutional Snapshot". KVCTC. 
  3. ^ "West Virginia State Community & Technical College announces name change". Charleston Daily Mail. 
  4. ^ "Graduation Reception and Commencement". WVSCTC. 
  5. ^ "Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College receives national recognition for excellence in implementing a program aimed at student success". KVCTC Press Release. Retrieved 2012-07-20. 
  6. ^ Lawrence, Chris (April 22, 2013). "Community colleges looking forward to merger". West Virginia MetroNews Network. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  7. ^ "School formed through merged colleges named". Charleston Daily Mail. July 15, 2013. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Consolidation Update". Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Associate Degrees: KVCTC". kvctc.edu. 

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