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Charleston, W.Va. – University of Charleston Regional President Jerry Forster and Blue Ridge Community & Technical College (BRCTC) President Peter G. Checkovich today signed an articulation and 2+2 agreement which allows BRCTC students to easily transition into select bachelor's degree programs at UC after completing an associate's degree.

The signing took place today on the BRCTC campus located in the in Martinsburg, W.Va.

"The University of Charleston is very pleased to partner with Blue Ridge Community & Technical College," said Dr. Forster. "BRCTC is one of the strongest institutions in the entire state of West Virginia, and they are vital to the education of the Eastern Panhandle. We hope that many of their students take advantage of our new UC-Martinsburg location to continue their college careers at one of the top regional colleges in the South."

The articulation agreement will enable BRCTC students the ability to better plan their academic careers and 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.

"With the University of Charleston located in the Eastern Panhandle, this agreement is a valuable resource for our students," said Dr. Checkovich. "Continuing education is a lifelong process, and by offering a smooth transition between associate and bachelor degree programs, students are more likely to take advantage of the new educational opportunities in the Eastern Panhandle."

BRCTC 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 $9,000 per year in tuition assistance, while the State of West Virginia provides a $6,500 educational stipend to National Guard members. 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.

The University of Charleston is a private, independent college based in Charleston, W.Va. The University recently announced the opening of new locations in Beckley, W.Va., Martinsburg, W.Va., and online which opened January 1, 2013. The 2012-13 academic year marks UC's 125th anniversary as an academic institution.

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