Dr. Ted Lewis recently addressed a national audience of college administrators at the annual American Association of Community Colleges Conference in New York City. His topic — “How Bluefield State College Increased Enrollment During a Pandemic.” Lewis’s address was at the invitation of the National Alliance of Community and Technical Colleges, an organization of which he is past board chair.
Raleigh County Academy of Careers and Technology (ACT) students now can earn 14 college credits while completing specific courses at the Academy, then move seamlessly into the Bluefield State College Criminal Justice program. .
The 239 students in the Bluefield State College Class of 2022 had the opportunity to experience and celebrate the milestone achievement of their graduation during the College’s 125th Commencement program on April 30 at Mitchell Stadium in Bluefield.
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter at Bluefield State College recently participated in the ASCE Virginia’s Conference Student Symposium and Competition at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, VA. Bluefield State College students placed second in the Surveying category.
More than 200 students from southern West Virginia high schools, colleges and training and training programs participated in the second virtual #WVSolutions Seekers Student Leadership Conference. Bluefield State College faculty member Dr. Michelle Taylor joined other professional panelists as they described how students can enjoy successful and fulfilling careers in West Virginia.
Rebecca “Becky” Crabtree won’t let the echoes fade. The Bluefield State College graduate and author inspired a B-State Honors College Speakers Series audience with stories of the lives and legacies of Dr. Henry Lake Dickason and Dr. William Robertson. Crabtree, a Monroe County educator, has authored extensively-researched biographies of Dickason, who was BSC President (1936-1952) and Robertson, a BSC alum who served on the staff of five United States Presidents.
Bluefield State College student Patrice Sterling has been selected to participate in the New Technologists innovation academy. The virtual academy was developed for first- and second-year college students interested in pursuing degrees in technology. Sterling is one of 100 students chosen from the 2000 plus applicants for this year’s paid internship program, created through a partnership between Microsoft and Cyborg Mobile, a technology solutions company.
Bluefield State College will receive $300 thousand in Community Project Funding to train more healthcare workers. President Biden recently signed the FY 2022 appropriations omnibus package, which included funding for $241 million in direct spending measures across West Virginia. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, voted in favor of the FY 2022 appropriations omnibus package.
An internship program established at Walmart will provide a “living laboratory” opportunity for students in the W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business at Bluefield State College. Through the program, BSC students will participate in the Walmart Management Training Program. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for BSC students majoring in Business,” noted Marviene Johnson, the College’s Registrar.
Sarah Ponder is a trailblazer. The Bluefield State alumna recently shared her story with an audience of BSC students, employees, and community members during the College’s celebration of National Women’s History Month through the “Celebration of Women,” sponsored by WV GEAR UP and the Bluefield State Peer Mentors organization.
A Bluefield High School and Bluefield State alumnus, Brandon Jones, MSN, RN, CEN, NEA-BC has been elected by his Board of Nursing colleagues to begin his term as President of the Virginia Board of Nursing.
Bluefield State College has been awarded $1 million through West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s Nursing Workforce Expansion Program, which is designed to address the state’s nursing shortage through a multifaceted approach to attract, train, and retain nurses in the Mountain State. Representing a fundamental part of this approach, an award program was established to fund nursing program expansion projects at colleges, universities, schools of nursing, and career technical education centers across West Virginia. Through BSC’s award, the College plans to provide an accelerated program for highly qualified nursing applicants to complete the degree in 18 months as well as increase the number nursing students admitted to the already-in-place Accelerated LPN-RN program.
Bluefield State College Baccalaureate Degree in International Studies is accepting applications from students who wish to prepare for careers that are global in their scope. The new degree program was recently approved Baccalaureate Degree by the Higher Learning Commission and the WV Higher Education Policy Commission
Bluefield State College student Desmand Freeman, a standout in the classroom and on the basketball court, is actively involved in the Ascendium Education/Project Success paid internship program at the College.
Partnering with technology giant IBM, Bluefield State College is now offering training and certification in data science. BSC is among the first institutions of higher education in the world to provide students the opportunity to earn IBM badge certification, according to Dr. Bill Bennett, Computer Science Department Chair at Bluefield State. Through IBM’s involvement with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, our students can access valuable resources, including free faculty training software, courseware, and guest lectures,” added Dr. Tamara Ferguson, Dean of the BSC School of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences. BSC students can earn IBM training and badge certification in critically important fields like data science, cloud computing, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence.”
Tosin (John) Falasinnu and his sister, Yemisi (Josephine) Falasinnu are proud Bluefield State College alumni. Following their graduation several years ago, they have enjoyed productive and fulfilling careers. Tosin is a Manager, iPhone Product Quality, at Apple, Inc. and Josephine is a registered nurse. Both now live and work in San Jose, California. They’ve pledged $100,000 to help other students in their academic pursuits at Bluefield State College.
Bluefield State College Nursing student Emily Martin is in select company. The second-year student at the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center is one of only ten students in America to receive a 2021 Aya Healthcare Future Travel Nurse Scholarship.
Melissa Smith is the embodiment of “passing it forward.” The 2011 Bluefield State College Imaging Science graduate has been named the North Carolina Community College 2022 “Excellence in Teaching” award recipient.
With a 2021 Emmy award on her desk, Springville, VA native Melissia Davis has traveled to the apex of her profession. The Bluefield State graduate (Class of 1992) says the lessons she learned from family, friends, and her years at BSC contributed substantially to her career success.
Bluefield State College student Patrice Sterling is utilizing a Project Success paid internship to develop practical skills that benefit the College now and prepare her for success after graduation. Through an Ascendium Education grant, her Project Success internship took place in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs & Title III and the Programs’ Director, Timothy McKenzie.