Student Resources

We know that deciding to go to school is a huge step for you! So here we have provided an easy place to explore all your options. This way YOU are in control of your education and know EXACTLY what you're getting yourself into.

The following colleges are approved and licensed through the WV Council on Community and Technical Education. This means their programs are fully accredited and meet our standards of educational quality.

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Blue Ridge Community &Technical College

Blue Ridge CTC is located in Martinsburg, WV. They offer 33 Associate Degree programs including Nursing, Paramedic, Paralegal, Culinary Arts, Electric Utility Technology, and much more! They also offer 33 certificate programs, 24 certification programs, 14 Career Advancement Education courses, and a variety of basic courses which can be transferred to any institution in the state called Statewide Transfer Equivalent Program (STEP) Courses.

BridgeValley Community & Technical College

BridgeValley CTC has locations in both South Charleston, WV and Montgomery, WV. They offer 41 Associate Degree programs including Welding Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Graphic Design & Print Communication, Finance, Criminal Justice, and more! They also provide 26 Certificate Degree programs.

Eastern West Virginia Community & Technical College

Eastern WV CTC is located in Moorefield, WV. They offer 12 Associate Degree programs, as well as approximately 30 skill set sequence options, and 12 certificate programs. Among the Associate programs are Business Management, Accounting, Nursing, Wind Energy Technology, and Early Childhood Development.

Mountwest Community & Technical College

Mountwest CTC is located in Huntington, WV. They offer 59 Associate Degree programs in a variety of fields, ranging from Legal Studies to Hospitality Management to Applied Technologies such as welding. They also provide 20 certificate programs and 8 skill set programs. MCTC also boasts its maritime academy, where students can receive training for various levels of the river industry including a seven-day course designed to prepare an entry-level deckhand and assist them in obtaining a job on a commercial towboat.

New River Community & Technical College

New River CTC is located in Beaver, WV, with additional campuses in Lewisburg, WV; Princeton, WV; and Summersville, WV. They offer 25 Associate programs including Welding Technology, Health Information Management, and a few Criminal Justice options. They also provide 22 certificate programs and 16 skill set programs. The school also offers community education courses, designed to help members of the community learn a new hobby or pursue new interest, and workforce education programs.

Pierpont Community & Technical College

Pierpont CTC is located in Fairmont, WV with an additional campus in Clarksburg, WV and the Robert C. Byrd Aerospace Education Center in Bridgeport, WV. They offer 41 Associate
Degree programs including, Accounting, Emergency Medical Services, Paralegal Studies, Petroleum Technology, and so much more! They also provide 5 certificate programs and 12 skill set programs. Pierpont also boasts an exciting Aviation Maintenance Technology Program. which prepares students for a variety of Aerospace careers, including a valuable partnership with Bombardier Aerospace.

Southern West Virginia Community &Technical College

Southern WV CTC is located in Foster, WV; Mount Gay, WV; Williamson, WV; Saulsville, WV; and Hamlin, WV. They offer 28 Associate Degree programs, 12 certificate programs, and 13 skill set programs. Degrees are available in a variety of fields including Welding Technology, Surgical Technology, Nursing, Electrical Engineering, Cosmetology, and much more!

West Virginia Northern Community College

WV Northern CC is located in Wheeling, WV; Weirton, WV; and New Martinsville, WV. They provide approximately 40 Associate Degree programs in a variety of fields including Applied Technologies, Education, Healthcare, Criminal Justice, and more. WV Northern also offers a new Cyber Security degree program.

West Virginia University at Parkersburg

WVU Parkersburg is located in Parkersburg, WV. They offer a variety of programs including both Bachelor and Associate programs in a variety of fields. Students can study, Health Sciences, Public Service, Education and much more!

Financial Aid Participation Rates 2015

These students were able to receive financial aid which did not have to be paid back. The number includes federal, state, or institutional grants or waivers.

This does not include: veterans' benefits, vocational rehabilitation benefits, other educational benefits, or loans.


“Our high school graduates are the future of West Virginia. They embody our hopes and dreams for our beloved state. West Virginia’s community and technical colleges want them to know they have a future here. We offer a variety of programs that will lead them to high-wage jobs right here at home,”

- Chancellor Sarah Armstrong Tucker, Ph. D.

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Certificates and Degrees Awarded

In total, our state's community and technical colleges awarded 4,758 certificates and degrees in 2015, with Blue Ridge awarding the highest number at 987.

The certificate degree programs require at least 30 credit hours of which six
credit hours must be general education. The purpose of the certificate program is to prepare students to enter directly into employment in a specific career and meet the documented workforce needs of employers.

Certificate programs also provide the foundation for the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree for occupational programs.
Associate’s degrees require a minimum of 60 credit hours and indicate that the student has completed a program of academic development and has achieved a level of performance reflected in student learning outcomes sufficient to progress to upper division collegiate work or to enter directly into specific occupations in the workforce.

There are three types of associate’s degrees: Associate in Arts (AA), Associate in Science (AS), and the Associate in Applied Science (AAS).

Some Important Outside Resources

College Foundation of West Virginia

This website provides you with a variety of tools for seeking financial aid in WV, including financial aid calculators, application information and scholarships.

HERE are a list of scholarships available West Virginia students including PROMISE, HEAPS, and the WV Higher Ed Grant.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

This website will provide you with step by step instructions for filling out the FAFSA. This application is REQUIRED to receive financial aid.