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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | July 6, 2012
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.
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By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town | March 8, 2000
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Shepherd College's president sent a letter to the school's faculty Tuesday to assure them the college has not entered into an agreement with the City of Martinsburg about the relocation of the Community and Technical College. David L. Dunlop said newspaper stories last weekend caused many people to be concerned about the future of Shepherd's Community and Technical College. Although the stories "would lead any reasonable person to contrary conclusions," there has been no partnership agreement reached between the college and the city of Martinsburg, Dunlop said in the letter.
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By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town | April 1, 1999
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - There have been discussions about opening a Shepherd College branch in Martinsburg to better serve the large number of Shepherd students here, officials said Thursday. Many of the approximately 4,000 students who attend Shepherd are from Berkeley County, and it would be more convenient for them to have a local branch than having to commute to Shepherdstown, state and Shepherd officials said. "I think it makes a whole lot of sense. That's sort of a population center," said Pete Checkovich, provost of the Community and Technical College at Shepherd.
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December 14, 2000
College agrees to 5-year lease at Blue Ridge By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W. Va. - Shepherd College officials told the Martinsburg City Council Thursday they have concluded lease negotiations to allow their community and technical college to move from Shepherdstown into the abandoned Blue Ridge Outlet Center. "As of today, we have agreement on all business terms," college attorney Alan Perdue told council members. The agreement to lease 19,200 square feet of one part of the abandoned outlet mall will run for five years, Perdue said.
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August 14, 2000
College prepares answers in Martinsburg plan By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Shepherd College is preparing answers to more than three dozen detailed questions being asked by state officials who must review or approve the college's plans to move its community and technical college to downtown Martinsburg. Questions in a 4 1/2 page letter range from the impact of traffic to whether Shepherd is the best choice to provide community and technical college services or "whether it should be delivered collaboratively" with Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College or other schools.
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May 4, 2001
Shepherd hopeful to getting funds for branch campus By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Officials at Shepherd College are cautiously confident they will receive $200,000 from the West Virginia Legislature to help move the community and technical college to the vacant Blue Ridge Outlet Center. "I think there was a concern about the budget and what it would do," about a month ago, said Peter Checkovich, provost of the community college.
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September 28, 2000
Shepherd College move to outlet center approved By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W. Va. - Shepherd College drew a step closer to moving its community and technical college to the empty Blue Ridge Outlet Center Wednesday with approval of its plan by a board that oversees the state's colleges and universities. continued The state Interim Governing Board gave its unanimous consent to the plan, which must gain approval next week from the Higher Education Policy Commission.
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September 12, 2000
Dispute arises over authority in college's relocation By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - As Shepherd College finishes a detailed plan to move its community and technical college here, state officials disagree about who must approve the move. continued "We're negotiating a lease right now, which we hope to present to the (state) Interim Governing Board at their meeting Sept. 27," said College President David Dunlop. He would not name the people with whom officials are negotiating.
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October 9, 2000
Shepherd to finish move by 2001, official says By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Shepherd College still plans to move its community and technical college here, even though it didn't get all the money it wanted for the move from a state board last week. Classes could start at the beginning of next year, an official said. continued The Higher Education Policy Commission told college officials they could request only $300,00 for the $450,000 they wanted from the governor and legislature to help make the move into the abandoned Blue Ridge Outlet Center possible within the next two years.
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October 3, 2000
Shepherd move gets mixed OK By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg WHEELING, W.Va. - Shepherd College received permission from a state board Tuesday to move its community and technical college to Martinsburg, W.Va., but with $150,000 less than the college had requested, leaving college officials wondering what to do next. continued "The good news is we have permission to move forward, but, and this is not literally true, with only half a loaf," said Shepherd College President David Dunlop.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | July 24, 2013
A former Blue Ridge Community and Technical College student accused of repeatedly violating the school's campus ban on firearms in 2011 pleaded guilty Wednesday to one misdemeanor count of disturbance of a school process. Joshua Lee Beck, 28, of Martinsburg, apologized for the disturbance he caused on the college's campuses after a plea agreement was filed with presiding Magistrate Charles C. Cole Sr. in Berkeley County Magistrate Court Wednesday morning. Beck was ordered to pay a $50 fine and court costs as part of the plea agreement and two misdemeanor counts of possession of firearms were dismissed.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | April 3, 2013
An agreement signed Wednesday by leaders of Blue Ridge Community and Technical College and the University of Charleston provides another option for students to seamlessly transfer from one school to the other to continue their education, officials said. The agreement provides Blue Ridge CTC students who complete an associate degree the option of transferring to the University of Charleston's Martinsburg campus to pursue a bachelor's degree without the risk of losing credit for completed course work.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | January 15, 2013
The case of a former Blue Ridge Community and Technical College student accused of repeatedly violating the school's campus ban on firearms is set to go to trial in Berkeley County Magistrate Court. Joshua Lee Beck, 28, of Martinsburg, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of possession of firearms on the school's campuses in October 2011. Berkeley County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Christine Riley said Tuesday that no plea offer had been extended to Beck, who is being represented by Martinsburg attorney William J. Powell.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | August 3, 2012
Beyond Blue Ridge Community and Technical College's new “pastoral” campus, President Peter G. Checkovich said the college is hard at work on plans to open learning centers in Morgan and Jefferson counties. Courses in Morgan County will be offered at the former War Memorial Hospital building, which has been renamed the Pines Opportunity Center, Checkovich said. Blue Ridge CTC is leasing 12,000 square feet from the Morgan County Commission, following a similar format that the college has had with the Berkeley County Council, Checkovich said.
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March 19, 2012
An annual $1.6 million appropriation increase for Blue Ridge Community and Technical College in Martinsburg was included in the state budget, Senate Bill 160, passed Friday by the West Virginia Legislature. “I went to Charleston determined to advocate for our region. An increase in Blue Ridge Community and Technical College's base budget was imperative,” said Sen. John Unger, D-Berkeley/Jefferson, who got the increase. Of the 10 community colleges in West Virginia, Blue Ridge CTC has received the least amount of funds per student for the past several years.
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