CVCC pairs up with Ranken Technical College to offer new bachelor’s degree geared toward technical workers at B&W, other Region 2000 employers
Lynchburg, VA /Media Release/08/02/11 - Central Virginia Community College, in partnership with Ranken Technical College and The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W), is pleased to announce a new Bachelor of Science program for Region 2000. Students with college credit in technical areas such as welding, machining, manufacturing and engineering now have the opportunity to complete a Bachelor of Science in Applied Management (BSAM) degree from an accredited technical college in a local setting.
The program was developed to meet the needs of area students – many of them current employees at B&W and other Region 2000 employers – who are seeking a flexible undergraduate degree program that builds on their technical aptitude and existing college and/or work experience while providing the business-related knowledge needed to pursue supervisory or managerial positions. By partnering with Ranken to offer bachelor’s-level courses online, CVCC is able to offer students an accessible degree that has been expressly designed to meet the needs of Region 2000 employers. The BSAM program’s curriculum, which was developed with input from B&W includes project management, global business strategy, risk management, marketing, employment law and small business management.
“This is truly a 2+2 program designed for business and industry employees,” said Stan Shoun, President of Ranken Technical College. “Students may be awarded college credit toward the BSAM degree for industrial training and certificates, apprenticeship programs and other job-based learning.”
For B&W, the 2+2 program goes hand-in-hand with other programs it has developed in partnership with CVCC, such as the Region 2000 Machine Industry Program (R2MIP), which offers qualifying local candidates between the ages of 18 and 25 financial assistance to attend CVCC’s Machine Tool Diploma or Machine Quality Assurance Diploma program, and to be considered for student internships as well as full-time employment at local manufacturers or machine shops upon graduation.
“We are very pleased to be partnering with CVCC and Ranken College to help develop future leaders for our company and our fellow Region 2000 businesses,” said Peyton S. Baker, President of Babcock & Wilcox Nuclear Operations Group, Inc. “Education and an overall learning culture is an important part of B&W’s ability to stay competitive in the current and future marketplace. B&W has an abundance of highly skilled technical employees who are part of our Lynchburg-area operations, and the 2+2 Program will offer those interested in earning a Bachelor of Science in Applied Management a quality education that features a flexible class schedule and is relevant to B&W’s business.”
An informational session on the new BSAM program will be held in the Multipurpose Room at CVCC’s Merritt Hall at 7 p.m. on August 11. For more information, please contact Marc Zoccola in CVCC’s Career Services Department at 832-7804.
Central Virginia Community College is a two-year institution accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the Virginia Community College Systems. It provides State-supported educational facilities beyond the high school level for approximately 243,000 people in the greater Lynchburg area and outlying central Virginia counties. For more information, visit http://www.cvcc.vccs.edu.
Ranken Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the North Central Association of School and Colleges. It is a private technical college located in St. Louis, Missouri. The school offers two- and four-year degrees in more than 16 technologies. Industrial partners include Emerson, Anheuser-Busch, Boeing, Toyota and now The Babcock & Wilcox Company. For more information, visit www.ranken.edu.
12:00 PM (EST) 8/2/2011
Release Number: 110802.CVCC pairs up with Ranken Technical College
Vinca A. Dow
Coordinator, Public Relations and Marketing
Central Virginia Community College