The BridgeValley Community Education Division is a leading organization in civic engagement and economic development, creating diverse learner communities in the regions we serve. The Community Education Division supports a wide range of initiatives within BridgeValley from lending support to entrepreneurs, partnering with local artists and crafters to grow from apprentice to master skill levels. The division also identifies and seeks funding to develop these initiatives in both Montgomery and South Charleston. Community Education delivers pre- certification and licensure courses in the areas of health, business and hospitality. Currently our class offerings include:
BridgeValley’s professional development training provides tools needed not just for continued career success, but also for starting off in a new career direction or staying up-to-date with required industry certifications. We offer computer training, medical skills training, preparation for licensure exams, as well as an array of continuing education programs for career development. Browse our continuing education and certification offerings below for details on our professional development workshops. Professional training is sometimes approved for continuing education units (CEUs), national certification, or state licensing credentials. (See below for our policies regarding workshops / courses, CEUs, non-credit to credit conversion possibilities, and non-credit financial aid opportunities.)
- Phlebotomy Technician (Clinical shift varies)
- Certified Nursing Assistant
- EKG Technician
- Medical Admin/Electronic Health Records
- Online Medical Transcription Editor w/ Career Step
- Online Medical Billing & Coding w/Career Step
- Real Estate Pre-License Salesperson (Includes all modules of Pre-Licensing for Real Estate Salespersons)
- Online Brokerage Operation and Management (Mod. 1 of Pre-Licensing for Real Estate Brokers)
- Online Human Resources Management & Interpersonal Skills (Mod. 2 of Pre-Licensing for Real Estate Brokers)
- Online WV Specific Real Estate for Brokers (Mod. 3 of Pre-Licensing for Real Estate Brokers)
- Online SHRM Learning System
- Certified Bookkeeper Course
- Table Games Dealer – Poker, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, and Introduction to Carnival Games
Explore and Create
BridgeValley’s Explore and Create series is dedicated to enriching the intellectual and social lives of adult learners by offering stimulating educational opportunities, taught by outstanding faculty and guest lecturers. These courses offer a low-cost way to try out a new hobby, or learn how to use technology to stay in touch with family and friends. These one-day courses are provided to our community at both campuses through partnerships with local senior centers, community groups, and artisans. These noncredit, college-level courses are for learners of all ages, backgrounds and interests. Please come explore, create, and discover at BridgeValley!
Upcoming Courses include:
- ACT Test Preparation
- TEAS Test Preparation
- Smart Phones for Seniors
- Introduction to Chainmail
- E2Go Courses - We offer hundreds of highly interactive courses that can be taken entirely over the Internet. All of our courses are led by expert instructors, many of whom are nationally known authors. These non-academic credit online courses are affordable, fun, fast, convenient, and geared just for busy individuals. Ed2Go offerings include courses in the following categories:
- Accounting and Finance
- College Readiness
- Computer Applications
- Design and Composition
- Healthcare and Medical
- Language and Arts
- Law and Legal
- Personal Development
- Teaching and Education
- Writing and Publishing
- RoadScholar programs combine travel and education for older adults. Current offerings include:
- High Adventures in the New River Gorge
- Riding the Rails: Vintage Train Rides thru Fall Colors
- Riding the Rails: Vintage Train Ride thru Spring Flowers
Being an active and contributing member of the community is central to the mission of BridgeValley, and we value partnering with community organizations and collaborating with resources.
The College is committed to advancing our community’s economic growth and our neighbors’ personal growth through high quality training and services focusing on community improvement, entrepreneurship, and the promotion the unique heritage of our community.
BridgeValley partners with representatives from business, philanthropic groups, civic agencies, and government, and explores and develops new businesses, resources, and funding for growing our region’s economic prosperity and promote lifelong learning.
Workshop / Course Policies
Policies for all offerings are:
- Registration fees are due and payable by the student upon enrollment and registration for class(es). All fees must be collected prior to the first day of class(es). Exceptions may be granted where a bona fide third-party agency has provided authorization in writing that payment will be made by the student. Exceptions may be granted for financial aid disbursements for situations with no fault to the student. Exceptions shall be granted for deferred payment plans that shall be offered, (60/40 split - see Cashier for details).
- BridgeValley reserves the right to refer any unpaid balances to a collection agency.
- BridgeValley reserves the right to cancel classes with low enrollment. Advance registration fees will be refunded.
- Only students who officially withdraw from all classes at the college shall be eligible for a refund.
- Requests to withdraw from a class must be made a minimum of (5) five working days prior to the first day of class in order to receive a refund. Student withdrawal past this deadline negates a refund to the student. Disruptive students will be dismissed and no refunds issued.
- Non-credit students should evaluate their grades after every assessment, (assignments, quizzes, and exams). Final grades of “S” for successful completion or “U” for unsuccessful completion are formally assessed at the end of each non-credit course as the instructor records the grade earned by the student. If a course has a clinical rotation as a part of the course, a formal review of progress is conducted with each student before a clinical assignment is made. This review provides evidence of skills and competencies acquired by student and that the student has satisfied program requirements. Students must demonstrate mastery as a minimum before they are sent to affiliated skilled nursing facilities and hospitals. Mastery for CNA classes is 75% and 80% for other Allied Health classes.
- Classes are cancelled due to weather only when BridgeValley classes are cancelled. Enroll in BridgeValley Connect to receive messages/instructions in the event of an emergency (weather cancellation). Please visit www.bridgevalley.edu/bridgevalleyconnect for details.
- Certain workshops qualify for Higher Education Adult Part-Time Students (HEAPs) financial assistance. Interested students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.FAFSA.ed.gov and visit https://www.wvhepc.org/secure/apps/applications/heaps/welcome.aspx to apply for a HEAPs grant.
- BridgeValley retains the right to use photos taken at classes for publicity purposes.
- BridgeValley Community Education Division, in collaboration with the veteran, BridgeValley staff and relevant instructors, will review the veteran’s transcripts for prior learning and competencies that would be duplicated in an applicable short-term, non-credit training program. This review may shorten the training period proportionally.
- Student records will be maintained, including but not limited to enrollment, attendance, and satisfactory progress.
- BridgeValley non-degree seeking students enjoy the same privileges and are held accountable under the same Board of Governors’ approved policies as all BridgeValley students. For all policy information, see http://www.bridgevalley.edu/ catalogs and http://www.bridgevalley.edu/board-governors .
Credit Equivalency Units (CEUs)
Successful completers may, with prior approval, receive Credit Equivalency Units (CEUs) for professional development purposes. Some non-credit workshops have a vocational or recreational purpose and completers are not awarded CEU’s for their participation because these courses are for personal enrichment.
Non-credit to Credit Conversion
Consistent with authority granted in the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education Series 3, non-credit students may elect to have their non-credit training converted to credit and placed on their academic transcript. Certain non-credit courses will be deemed worthy of credit using the rule established in WVCTCS Series 3. The chief academic officer of the community and technical college or designee approves the actual awarding of college equivalent credit.
All students must complete BridgeValley admission requirements regardless of their intent to seek college credit. All non-credit students wishing to enroll in any of the courses which have been deemed worthy of academic credit will be initially admitted to BridgeValley as a non-degree seeking student and registered in the non-credit section of the course. Non-credit students will not have to submit transcripts to the Student Services Admissions staff, until the student desires to apply for academic financial aid, or when she/he changes her/his non-degree seeking status to identify a degree for which she/he wishes to pursue. If a student has a military transcript, BridgeValley faculty and staff will determine if prior learning or competency has been documented through evaluation of that transcript. If a military transcript verifies applicable prior learning or competency, then that student will have an altered schedule that recognizes prior accomplishments of relevant learning outcomes. Students will be assigned a student identification number and BridgeValley email address within a week of the Student Services Admissions staff receiving the students’ admission application.
Within the first two weeks of the non-credit course, each student will have the option to participate in the non-credit to credit conversion process. If a student elects to convert her/his non-credit training into college-level credit, she/he may do so by completing the Request to Convert Non-Credit Coursework to College Credit form. Once students are registered for credit section of the course, all academic policies contained in this catalog are applicable to the student.
Grades awarded in noncredit classes will be a follows: “S” for satisfactory, “U” for unsatisfactory, “W” for Withdrawal, “D” for drop deleted, and an “I” for incomplete. Non-credit students who elect to receive academic credit will be graded with the normal grading mode of BridgeValley. If a non-credit course has a cooperative learning experience with industry such as an internship or a clinical rotation, students must demonstrate mastery at 80% as a minimum before they are sent to our affiliated organizations.
BridgeValley non degree-seeking students enjoy the same privileges and are held accountable under the same Board of Governor’s approved policies regarding academic rights and student responsibilities of conduct. Each of these polices are posted on the BridgeValley web page at http://www.bridgevalley.edu/bog-adopted-policies.
Non-Credit Financial Assistance Opportunities
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) & the Regional Workforce Development Board
BridgeValley Community and Technical College System’s involvement with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the regional Workforce Development Boards (WIB) is a commitment to ensure West Virginia’s unemployed, underemployed, and dislocated workers opportunities to train/retrain in a community college setting. These educational programs are limited to approved community education programs. WIOA participants are also eligible for other forms of financial aid, including Pell Grants and work study. All applicants must first be certified eligible by one of the regional Workforce WV job centers.
HEAPS Grant – Workforce Development Component
The West Virginia Legislature established a Higher Education Adult Part-time Student (HEAPS) Grant Program to address the needs of students who pursue programs of postsecondary education on a part time basis in high demand workforce oriented programs. Students must demonstrate financial need plus meet other qualifications as established in the legislation.
Interested students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.FAFSA.ed.gov and visit https://www.wvhepc.org/secure/apps/applications/heaps/welcome.aspx to apply for a HEAPs grant. The staff at BridgeValley Community and Technical College assists students to apply for these grant funds, when requested.
Visit http://www.bridgevalley.edu/community-education for additional information.