What is EDGE?
It stands for Earn a Degree • Graduate Early. Students take approved career and technical courses in high school that convert to a variety of college credits offered through community and technical colleges of West Virginia, including BridgeValley. This college credit is free! The EDGE program is an initiative of the WV Department of Education and the WV Community and Technical College System (Title 135/Series 28).
If you are a high school student…
You can earn a college degree and graduate early! Through BridgeValley and the WV EDGE initiative, you can take high school/CTE courses that will take the place of courses that are required for your college degree. These EDGE credits are available for transfer to BridgeValley by requesting your official EDGE transcript. Be sure to tell your college advisor if you have EDGE credits.
How can EDGE help me?
If you take the right courses in high school/CTE, you can save on your college tuition costs. Community and technical colleges offer great careers with high-skill and high wage jobs available through one- and two-year programs. Students who take the college credit courses available can sometimes earn a Certificate or Associate Degree in as little as one year after high school.
Who can participate in EDGE?
All high school/CTE students can participate as long as the courses are connected to the skilled pathway in their cluster and major.
What are some examples of EDGE credits?
The college credits you can earn at BridgeValley after graduating from high school are identified on the WV EDGE Credit Matrix.
How do I enroll in EDGE?
Talk with your high school/CTE counselor or teacher to confirm course participation in EDGE. Students enrolled in EDGE courses must pass the approved course with a grade of “B” or higher. You will also need to complete an EDGE transcript request form (found at link above) and submit it for college credit when the course is completed. You will receive your EDGE transcript at no cost to you. EDGE credits can be applied to a Certificate or an Associate Degree.
Where can I get more information?
To get the EDGE advantage, speak with your counselor/teacher, call (304-734-6621) or email EDGE@BridgeValley.edu
The EDGE Advantage at BridgeValley CTC:
Jump starts your college education by earning you “free” community college credits while in high school that apply toward a Certificate or Associate degree
Saves money on college tuition
Prepares you for success
Makes it possible for you to earn a Certificate or Associate degree in as little as one year after high school
The Advantage Valley EDGE Consortium, of which BridgeValley is a member, serves the schools in the counties of Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Nicholas, Putnam, and Raleigh.