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EDUCATION
April 26, 2013
A Blue Ridge Community and Technical College student was among 50 community college students across the nation, Canada and Micronesia to be named 2013 New Century Scholars, the college announced Friday. Judy Jeffares was the only student from West Virginia to receive the honor from the program, which is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Phi Theta Kappa and the American Association of Community Colleges, the college said in a news release. “We are proud to have Judy Jeffares selected as a New Century Scholar.
NEWS
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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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | August 3, 2012
More than 100 people joined Blue Ridge Community and Technical College leaders Friday to celebrate the completion of an $18.2 million campus project with ribbon-cutting and flag-raising ceremonies. Staged in front of the college's new 55,000-square-foot academic/administrative building on the 46-acre campus, the celebration highlighted a milestone in the growth of the school, which expects about 4,400 students to enroll for the fall semester. “This has been a long time in the making,” Blue Ridge CTC President Peter G. Checkovich said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | October 14, 2011
Blue Ridge Community and Technical College canceled classes Thursday afternoon and remained closed Friday after a 26-year-old student was arrested for allegedly bringing a concealed firearm into the school's technical center, officials said. Joshua Lee Beck of 674 Teal Road, Martinsburg, was charged with one felony count of carrying a deadly weapon onto the grounds of a college campus, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court documents. Blue Ridge CTC announced it would reopen Monday, attributing the closure on its website to "a safety concern.
NEWS
by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | July 1, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Beginning today, the Community and Technical College of Shepherd in Martinsburg officially will be called Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, officials announced. Workers on Friday mounted new signs on the outside of the school's only campus building off West Stephen and South Raleigh streets in advance of the name change approved by the West Virginia Legislature earlier this year. "Receiving independent accreditation signifies tremendous growth and presents so many opportunities for our college," college President Peter Checkovich said in a news release.
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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 DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | August 9, 2013
Washington County Public Schools and Hagerstown Community College are poised to unveil a plan for a STEMM Technical Middle College that would enable qualified high school students to earn associate degrees or certifications in science and health programs while getting a tuition discount. “It's a full-time version of ESSENCE,” HCC President Guy Altieri said Wednesday. The STEMM Technical Middle College “is two years of college before you get out of high school,” with a goal of students earning an associate degree, Altieri said.
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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.
EDUCATION
June 14, 2013
Blue Ridge Community and Technical College said Friday that it will hold a free seminar called “Technology 'How to's' for the 50 something” on June 25 on the main campus  at 13650 Apple Harvest Drive near Martinsburg. The seminar will help answer common technology questions for students over the age of 50, but all adults are welcome to attend, according to a news release. The seminar will feature fun demonstrations using Facebook, smartphones, iPads, and useful websites. Participants also will become familiar with technology trends, the release said.   The event is among a variety of free technology seminars offered by the school that can be viewed online at: http://blueridgectc.augusoft.net . Individuals with questions or more information can contact 304-260-4380 ext. 2411 or via email, askme@blueridgectc.edu .
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
December 19, 2012
Students from Blue Ridge Community and Technical College competed in the recent Cisco NetRiders Competition. The academic challenge featured a total of 94 competitors in the final round, including five Blue Ridge networking students. The following five students placed in the West Virginia state competition: First place - Benedikt Ott; second place - Tom Rebuck; third place - Joshua Rener; fourth place - Derek O'Donnel; and fifth place - Aaron Breeden. Once the state competitions were completed, Ott continued in the international competition, placing seventh and receiving a $200 gift card.
BUSINESS
September 30, 2012
The following small-business planning courses are being offered by Blue Ridge Community and Technical College in the Jefferson High School Media Center, Charles Town. The cost for each, including handouts, is $19. • “Starting Your Own Business”: This course focuses on how to identify business ideas and how to determine if a specific idea is a feasible opportunity. The class is being offered Monday, Oct. 1, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. • “Your Business Plan - Simplified”: This course provides step-by-step instructions for writing a professional- quality business plan.
NEWS
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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