Release Date: Thursday, July 24, 2014
Charleston, WV – University of Charleston President Ed Welch and BridgeValley Community and Technical College President Jo Harris today signed an articulation agreement, allowing BridgeValley students to easily transition into select bachelor degree programs at UC after completing an associate degree or specified coursework in a certificate degree program.
The signing took place today at the University of Charleston campus.
"We are delighted that our partnership with the University of Charleston will enable our students to better plan their academic careers – particularly those who are interested in a well-defined pathway to pursue a bachelor’s degree,” said Harris. "We are proud to provide our students an opportunity to seamlessly continue their education at UC."
The “2 + 2” agreement includes Accounting, Finance, Healthcare Management, Management, Marketing, and Paralegal programs at BridgeValley, and Accounting, Finance, Business Administration and Political Science degrees at the University of Charleston. BridgeValley students will now have the ability to minimize credit loss when transferring to UC to earn their baccalaureate degrees. Transfer students will be eligible to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in just two years, and in many cases move directly into one of UC’s graduate programs, such as the Master of Business Administration and Leadership, Master of Strategic Leadership or Master of Forensic Accounting.
“The University of Charleston has a proud history of serving West Virginia students and we are pleased to provide incentives for students who earn degrees at BridgeValley to be successful,” said Dr. Welch. “This agreement offers a clear path for these students to continue their college careers at UC and attain their personal and professional goals.”
BridgeValley students who serve in the West Virginia National Guard and transfer to UC will be eligible for the Golden Eagle Scholarship. The scholarship will provide up to $11,500 per year in tuition assistance, while the State of West Virginia provides up to a $7,000 educational stipend to National Guard members for the fiscal year from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. The scholarship aid from UC will mean that members of the National Guard can attend UC at a very affordable cost.
In addition to the National Guard scholarship, the University of Charleston participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which provides tuition benefits to veterans. UC is recognized as Military Friendly School, which recognizes the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country.
BridgeValley Community and Technical College was founded on March 20, 2014, after the consolidation of Bridgemont and Kanawha Valley Community and Technical Colleges. Existing campus locations will be maintained in Montgomery and South Charleston, along with the addition of the new Advanced Technology Center.
The University of Charleston is a private, independent college based in Charleston, WV. The University has additional locations in Beckley and Martinsburg, as well as an online presence. The 2012-13 academic year marked UC’s 125th anniversary as an academic institution.