MONTGOMERY , W.Va.Bridgemont Community and Technical College became the states newest institution of higher education on Wednesday. The institution formerly known as the Community and Technical College at WVU Tech revealed a new identity drawing from the iconic images of the surrounding communities.

Im ecstatic about the choice of Bridgemont, it offers us an exciting opportunity to broadcast to our community the success stories and possibilities ahead,said Dr. Jo Harris, president of Bridgemont Community and Technical College.

Bridgemont is the only community college in the state offering accredited engineering technology programs. In addition, dental hygiene and respiratory therapy graduates have an average of 98 percent licensure passage rate. The school is also home to the nationally recognized printing technology program and the National Publishing Innovation Center.

It is important for the public to know that over 90 percent of CTC graduates are either employed or continue into a bachelors degree program each year.Also, our college was recently recognized as one of the top four small community colleges in the nation as having quality faculty-student interaction, both inside and outside the classroom through the Community College Survey of Student Engagement CCSSE national survey,Harris said.

Working with Charles Ryan Associates, the college explored many name options. In the end, the board of governors unanimously selected Bridgemont Community and Technical College.

The name represents the local, regional, and statewide area the institution serves through delivery of unique programs. As Bridgemont Community and Technical College the college plans to build on a proud history of academic excellence to renew their commitment to deliver high quality technical programs,said Tom Dover, Chair of Bridgemont Community and Technical College Board of Governors.

Bridgemont Community&Technical College (formerly known as CTC @ Tech) was established as a part of WVU Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) in 1966. In 2004, the CTC @ Tech was accredited as a separate institution by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. Bridgemont CTC offers a variety of two-year degree programs in high-demand technical fields such as engineering technology, printing technology, dental hygiene, diesel technology, computer technology, business and office technology, and allied health. Bridgemont CTC is located in Montgomery, West Virginia.

For more information about Bridgemont Community and Technical College, call (304) 442-3149.