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Blue Ridge Community and Technical College to begin moving to new location

July 06, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — With the last Blue Ridge Community and Technical College classes held at Berkeley County’s government building in Martinsburg over, the school’s move to a new campus is slated to begin on July 23.

The first classes on the college’s new main campus at 13650 Apple Harvest Drive west of Interstate 81 are set to begin Aug. 20, Leslie See, vice president of enrollment management at Blue Ridge CTC, told the Berkeley County Council on Thursday.

The college received permission from the council to hang temporary banners announcing the move outside the soon-to-be-vacated main campus at 400 W. Stephen St. in Martinsburg.

The school first held classes at the former Blue Ridge Outlet complex in August 2001 when it was still affiliated with Shepherd University and was called the Community and Technical College of Shepherd, according to the school.

The county finalized the purchase of the three-building retail outlet complex in 2002 and agreed to continue to lease space to the college.

The school asked the county that the banners be allowed to hang on former Dunn outlet building through the end of August and into September to give the public adequate notice of the college’s move.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new 46-acre campus and opening of the academic/administration building is planned for next month, See said.

The school was lauded at the council meeting for being an excellent tenant.

See said in a recent interview that the county had served the college well as enrollment grew and the school increasingly became pressed for space in the first floor of the county’s building.

Once vacated, the first floor is expected to be converted for county government use.

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