BridgeValley Community and Technical College will be the college of opportunity for a diverse learner population, offering leading-edge technology, innovative ideas, and dynamic service to our students and our communities.
BridgeValley Community and Technical College promotes student success, prepares a skilled workforce, and builds tomorrow’s leaders by providing access to quality education.
Faculty, staff, and administrators share a common set of values that guides the College in fulfilling its mission. These values influence our actions, guide our decision, mold our policies, and determine our strategic planning.
- Excellence in Education. We are dedicated to excellence in education and will develop and retain innovative and supportive faculty and staff; maintain facilities equipped with current technology; and deliver a variety of impactful academic and occupational programs based on tolerance of diverse cultural backgrounds and appreciation of divergent points of view.
- Foster and Promote Achievement and Accessibility. We are committed to providing the skills and resources students need to achieve their educational, career and/or personal goals, and we are committed to open access and affordability of higher education for all of our students.
- Respect for Diversity. We are dedicated to fostering a learning community in which all individuals are valued and supported; promoting a culture of respect that honors the dignity of every individual; and allowing zero tolerance for disrespect. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn and succeed in the classroom, in the workplace, and in the community.
- Practice Accountability. We are committed to efficient and effective management of human and financial resources that will maintain public trust through professional integrity and fiscal responsibility.
- Quality of Work and Learning Environment. As a college fostering and promoting the dignity of each person, BridgeValley strives to provide an environment that is free of harassment. We make a commitment to treat all members of our communities with mutual respect and nurture relationships within the college and community that allow us to grow our knowledge, aid personal progress, expand our reach, and strengthen our impact on those we serve. We believe that our community members are accountable for their actions and should be held to high standards.
- Contribution to Community and Economic Development.We are committed to serving the academic, occupational, and enrichment needs of our communities; enhancing quality of life; and supporting economic development through effective business, government, community, and industry partnerships and collaborations.
- Commitment to Supporting Our Local Communities.We strive to be a positive and transformative force in the places we call home by providing resources and programs that enable our neighbors to rejuvenate and reimagine our neighborhoods, interact with and understand our natural and built environments, and participate in and develop our local economy. Championing the arts, cultivating an entrepreneurial spirit, and collaborating with the new and existing industries, the college will be the primary convener and facilitator necessary to support a creative and enduring community.
Goal One: Student Success
- Prepare students to become successful and independent contributors to society by providing transfer skills for future technical innovations
- Maintain a sound assessment program for student learning outcome measurement
- Ensure a student-centered learning environment and support services
- Increase retention rates
- Increase the number of graduates in certificate and associate degree programs
Goal Two: Institutional Success and Sustainability
- Promote faculty and staff excellence
- Increase headcount and FTE enrollment annually
- Pursue new revenue opportunities to support present and future programs and services
- Assess institutional effectiveness and continuous improvement through strategic planning
- Leverage the strengths and efficiencies of a multi-campus college
- Promote the college to community and industry through effective marketing, branding, and public relations opportunities
- Provide access to education, training, and enrichment opportunities on multiple campuses, off-site, or on line
- Promote sustainability principles throughout college operations
- Maintain a safe, secure, modern, and positive learning/working environment
Goal Three: Community and Industry Success
- Exhibit responsiveness and flexibility in course and program offerings to meet changing workforce needs of business and industry
- Build synergistic relationships with community, schools, and alumni
- Integrate community service and civic engagement opportunities into programming
- Forge strategic partnerships that advance community, workforce and economic development
BridgeValley Community and Technical College, formed in 2014 with the merger of Bridgemont and Kanawha Valley Community and Technical Colleges, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The service region for the multi-campus consolidated institution includes Fayette, Kanawha, Clay, Putnam, Nicholas, and Raleigh counties.
The new community college evolved in response to the educational and economic development needs for the State of West Virginia. Associate degree program offerings in the region began in the late 1940s and early 1950s at West Virginia State College and West Virginia Institute of Technology. In the 1960s, each of these colleges created “community college components” on the respective campuses. In 1999, the state legislature created a separate community and technical college system. Community college components hosted by baccalaureate institutions began the process of becoming independent colleges. In 2004, independent accreditation was achieved. The Community and Technical College at West Virginia University Institute of Technology and West Virginia State Community and Technical College were formed.
The new community colleges were asked to change names in 2009 to emphasize their mission and create distinction from the baccalaureate colleges. The Community and Technical College at WVU Tech became Bridgemont Community and Technical College; West Virginia State Community and Technical College became Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College. The two colleges worked collaboratively to avoid duplication of programs in their overlapping service regions.
During the 2013 legislative session, Senate Bill 438 was passed to consolidate Bridgemont and Kanawha Valley to form a stronger, more comprehensive multi-campus institution for the six-county region. A Board of Governors was appointed to oversee the consolidation; the name BridgeValley was selected to represent the fusion of the institutions.
The official founding date of BridgeValley, March 20, 2014, signifies the completion of all accreditation requirements for the college and the beginning of a new era in community and technical college education for the region.
BridgeValley Community and Technical College is a multi-campus institution with locations in South Charleston and Montgomery, WV. The two campuses are 34 miles apart, both situated near the Kanawha River in the rugged Allegheny Mountains. This diverse service area includes the New River Gorge National Park reserve near Fayetteville, the state Capitol complex in Charleston, and the chemical, energy and manufacturing center for the southern part of the state.
The South Charleston facilities are located on the campus of the West Virginia Regional Technology Park, a mixed-use research and industry property. The college buildings include Building 2000, and the Advanced Technology Center for South Central West Virginia.
The Montgomery campus consists of Davis Hall, located at 619 2nd Avenue, The Publishing Innovation Center at 326 3rd Avenue, and the Diesel Technology Center located at 504 Lee Street. The campus also includes The GRID, a unique Makerspace facility designed to offer a creative environment for artisans as well as educational opportunities, located at 807 2nd Avenue.
Access to both campuses is provided through Interstate Routes 64, 77, and 79, U.S. Route 60, Charleston Yeager Airport, and the Beckley/Raleigh County Airport. Bus service is available through Charleston and Beckley, as well as more distant points. The Kanawha Rapid Transit (KRT) provides convenient schedules between Montgomery, Charleston, and other towns in the Kanawha Valley. Amtrak service is available in Montgomery to Chicago.