MARTINSBURG, W.Va. —An annual $1.6 million appropriation increase for Blue Ridge Community and Technical College in Martinsburg was included in the state budget, Senate Bill 160, passed Friday by the West Virginia Legislature.
“I went to Charleston determined to advocate for our region. An increase in Blue Ridge Community and Technical College’s base budget was imperative,” said Sen. John Unger, D-Berkeley/Jefferson, who got the increase.
Of the 10 community colleges in West Virginia, Blue Ridge CTC has received the least amount of funds per student for the past several years. For fiscal year 2012, the state appropriated $3,514,578 to Blue Ridge for its 1,705 full-time-equivalent students.
The funding, in addition to the $3 million for construction of the new campus and $500,000 base budget increase in recent years, will enable Blue Ridge CTC to continue to support its technical programming, work-force partnerships and growing enrollment.
Blue Ridge is in the process of moving from the Dunn Building in downtown Martinsburg to a new campus near The Commons shopping center, which will increase the college’s operational costs. Due to the base budget increase, however, Blue Ridge CTC is not recommending a tuition increase.
The new 46-acre campus is expected to open in July and will house a 55,000-square-foot main headquarters building.