Bridgemont Community and Technical College

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Bridgemont Community and Technical College was established in 1966 to offer associate-level, two-year degrees through West Virginia Institute of Technology. In 2009, the school's name was changed from the Community and Technical College at Wrest Virginia University Institute of Technology to Bridgemont Community and Technical College, but as the school's Web site notes, "As the college developed historically in association with the state's only institute of technology, Bridgemont continues to focus on technical programming."

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Among those technical programs is civil engineering technology, a two-year associate degree program that prepares graduates for employment in construction, water resources, public works, structural detailing and design, environmental studies, mining development and related fields. Completion of the program also qualifies graduates to enter either a plus-two bachelor of science program in civil engineering technology or engineering technology with an environmental emphasis. The program is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

Also offered through the Bridgemont civil engineering technology program is an associate of applied science degree in highway engineering technology. The program is a collaborative effort between the West Virginia Department of Highways (WVDOH) and Bridgemont, and it is intended to develop skilled technicians to work in the highway and construction industries. It provides a career path for people employed by WVDOH with professional development opportunities as well as postsecondary education evaluated through the certification process. The degree program has two tracks: a two-year track for non-WVDOH employees and an ongoing certification track specifically for WVDOH. Technicians in the program may advance through a series of five levels based on their years of work experience and technical competency. …

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