Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College

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Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College
KVCTC logo.jpg
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)[1]
Location South Charleston, West Virginia, United States
Campus suburban
Former names West Virginia State Community and Technical College
Website www.kvctc.edu

Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College (KVCTC) is a 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. KVCTC is located in South Charleston, West Virginia, United States. It was formerly located in Institute, West Virginia on the campus of West Virginia State University. KVCTC and Bridgemont Community and Technical College are in the process of merging. Both schools will maintain their respective campuses and course offerings. In the fall of 2014, the combined schools will officially be known as Bridge Valley Community and Technical College.

History[edit]

Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College was established in 1953 as a community college on the campus of what was then West Virginia State College (now West Virginia State 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 school to facilitate its mission, ongoing efforts were made to establish a new, separate campus. In the fall of 2012, KVCTC moved to its new campus in South Charleston, West Virginia, 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.[2] KVCTC held its first commencement ceremony on May 16, 2009. Previously, Kanawha Valley held its commencement in a joint ceremony with West Virginia State.[3] In May 2012, KVCTC received national recognition by earning the MAP-Works Overall Excellence Award for implementing a program aimed at student success.[4]

In early 2013, a bill was in process to combine Bridgemont Community and Technical College in Montgomery, West Virginia with Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College. The schools will combine their administrations, but will 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."[5] Over the next academic year (2013-14), the schools will operate independently. Beginning in the fall of 2014, the combined schools will officially be known as Bridge Valley Community and Technical College (BVCTC).[6] According to the school's website, Harris was named president of the new multi-campus college.[7]

Degrees offered[edit]

Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College 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, KVCTC, at the time WVSCTC, 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 KVCTC.[8]

And, 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]

Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College 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 KVCTC, at the time WVSCTC, to receive the maximum five year initial accreditation. Following a return visit in April 2010, KVCTC was granted the maximum ten year accreditation.

The Nursing program at KVCTC 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 KVCTC is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Institutional Snapshot". KVCTC. 
  2. ^ "West Virginia State Community & Technical College announces name change". Charleston Daily Mail. 
  3. ^ "Graduation Reception and Commencement". WVSCTC. 
  4. ^ "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. 
  5. ^ Lawrence, Chris (April 22, 2013). "Community colleges looking forward to merger". West Virginia MetroNews Network. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ "School formed through merged colleges named". Charleston Daily Mail. July 15, 2013. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Consolidation Update". Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Associate Degrees: KVCTC". kvctc.edu. 

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