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WIN Academy - About

Overview – How it Works

The WIN Academy is a new charter school that provides a dynamic, accelerated nursing program for up to 60 high school juniors and seniors from the 30 high schools in the 10-county region that BridgeValley Community and Technical College (BVCTC) serves. The WIN Academy is free to students.

The academy is designed to allow high school students to complete the first year of a registered nurse program during high school. Once students graduate from high school, they're automatically enrolled in BVCTC's second year nursing program where they can complete their RN degree just one year after high school graduation.

Program Highlights

Through the WIN Academy, students will:

  • Attend the WIN Academy at BVCTC’s South Charleston campus
  • Complete their high school requirements for graduation
  • Receive a high school diploma from BVCTC
  • Complete college courses to prepare them to enter the nursing program as high school juniors
  • Complete their first year in an accredited RN educational program as high school seniors
    • Includes their first 36 community college credits (total credits: 66), which count toward at least 12 of the 22 high school credits required for graduation
    • Save one full year of college costs
  • Receive automatic enrollment for the second and final year of BVCTC’s RN program
  • Complete the full RN program within a year after high school graduation
  • Receive their Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in nursing
  • Be qualified to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam
  • Be able to transfer to a four-year BSN program to continue their education.

The academy serves its students with innovative, high-quality, interactive, in-depth and engaging instructional approaches. Students follow BVCTC’s existing accredited RN program, which includes a combination of:

  • Classroom Instruction
  • Laboratory Practice
  • Clinical Experience

The WIN Academy is designed to help students complete the nursing program and secure in-demand/high-wage positions quickly after high school, which will help remedy the larger workforce shortage of registered nurses in West Virginia.

BVCTC is the educational partner for the WIN Academy. and the WV state charter school board is the authorizer for the charter school. BridgeValley will leverage its accredited, cost-effective associate-level program in nursing to provide this opportunity to students in West Virginia. WIN Academy students will be folded into BVCTC’s existing nursing program at the South Charleston campus, which is already producing more registered nurses for the region than any other program.

WIN Academy faculty are experienced BVCTC educators who are professionally talented and passionate about teaching. Their goal is to help students reach the highest academic standards and achieve the requirements to continue their RN education and enter the nursing workforce.

To the best of our knowledge, there is no other program like this in the country. It is our hope that this nursing-focused charter school will serve as the model for early training and educational programs for other in-demand/high-wage careers in the future – especially in healthcare.

Quick FAQs

  • Through the WIN Academy, students will complete their junior- and senior-year high school requirements for graduation, complete their first year in an accredited RN educational program as seniors and receive automatic enrollment for the second and final year in BVCTC’s associate-level RN program.
  • BVCTC will develop a comprehensive recruitment and communication strategy across all 30 high schools to reach potential students and their parents.
  • Students from outside BVCTC’s service area can also become eligible for the WIN Academy through West Virginia’s open enrollment laws. Any high school junior or senior in West Virginia who is at least 16 years old is welcome to the WIN Academy.
  • To enroll in the program:
    • High school juniors must have completed a minimum of 9 (2 each in Math, English, Science, Social Studies and Physical Education) of the 22 credits to progress to their senior year of high school in West Virginia.
    • High school seniors must have completed a minimum of 16 of the 22 credits to graduate from high school in West Virginia.
    • Students must have completed their PE credit before applying.
  • WIN Academy students must maintain a 3.0 GPA to ensure they meet the RN program graduation requirements.

How To Apply

Join Us Next Year & Be a Part of the 1st Graduating Class!

If you or your child will be a high school junior or senior and would like to attend the WIN Academy, the first step is to complete the application. The application window, timeline for enrollment and other important dates are outlined below.

WIN Academy Application & Enrollment Timeline

  • Application process begins in December 2022
  • Open house on January 25th at 5pm to learn more
  • Applications due by February 24, 2023
  • Students selected by March 3, 2023 (prior to the academic year)
  • Student orientation and placement testing in March 2023
  • Students must commit to the program by April 15, 2023
  • Optional summer WIN Academy classes will start in May 2023
  • Regular WIN Academy classes start August 21, 2023

Just click on the link below and follow the prompts to complete your application:


Schedule a Visit

BVCTC’s WIN Academy welcomes visitors! If you or your child is considering the WIN Academy, the best way to get a feel for the program, campus and community is to schedule an in-person visit.

Housed on the BVCTC South Charleston campus, the WIN Academy offers state-of-the-art facilities and vast student support and resources. We would love the opportunity to show you everything we have to offer academy students and answer all your questions!

To schedule a visit, please contact:

Tina Spaulding, High School Programs Coordinator
Phone: (304) 734-6623
Email: [email protected]

Todd Jones, Vice President Student Affairs
Phone: (304) 734-6608
Email: [email protected]

Open House

The WIN Academy will host open house events each year so that prospective students, parents and other in the community can visit the campus and get an inside look at our campus, facilities and student services – including the newly remodeled “Booker T. Washington Nursing Wing,” including its state-of-the-art simulation labs, an assessment lab, hospital nurses’ station and more.

Open House Event Schedule

  • January 25, 2023

For more information on open house events, please contact:
Tina Spaulding, High School Programs Coordinator
Phone: (304) 734-6623
Email: [email protected]

Facilities & Clinical Sites

The WIN Academy is located in the newly renovated, state-of-the-art instructional building (Building 2000), on BVCTC’s South Charleston campus. The new renovations include improved wet labs and an expansion of the nursing program into the North Wing on the third floor.

WIN Academy students will also get to take advantage of learning in real-world settings at our Clinical Sites, which include:

  • CAMC General
  • CAMC Memorial
  • CAMC Women’s and Children's
  • Highland Hospital
  • Creative Learning Center
  • Fort Hill Child Development
  • Momma Bear’s Childcare
  • WV Early Learning Academy
  • Meadowbrook Acres Nursing Center
  • Montgomery Hospital

Contact Us

For more information on the WIN Academy at BVCTC, please contact:

Tina Spaulding, High School Programs Coordinator
Phone: (304) 734-6623
Email: [email protected]


Todd Jones, Vice President Student Affairs
Phone: (304) 734-6608
Email: [email protected]

Mission & Vision


The mission of the WIN Academy is to provide a dynamic, accelerated educational experience in a traditional community college setting that empowers 60 high school junior and senior academy students from BVCTC’s service district to achieve the following:

  • Master the K-12 curriculum for the State of West Virginia high schools;
  • Prepare high school juniors to enter the nursing program as seniors.
  • Attain academic success as a high school senior/graduate and as a first-year RN student;
  • Complete the high school graduation requirements;
  • Finish the first year of an accredited registered nurse (RN) program at BVCTC as a high school student;
  • Enroll as a community college student at BVCTC as a second-year nursing student upon high school graduation; and
  • Complete their Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Nursing program one year after high school graduation, allowing them to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam.


The WIN Academy strives to be a forward-looking charter school that serves the nursing workforce needs of West Virginians by increasing the RN workforce and meeting the occupational aspirations of high school seniors who want to enter the nursing field. Our collaborative, professional culture will create an environment of learning, cooperation and mutual respect that benefits faculty and students. At full capacity, we will enroll 60 high school juniors and seniors each year.

Our vision is underpinned by seven core precepts:

  1. Excellence in Education
    The WIN Academy is dedicated to excellence in education and will develop and retain innovative and supportive faculty and staff; maintain facilities equipped with current technology for the RN program; and deliver an impactful RN program for diverse cultural backgrounds and appreciation of divergent points of view.
  2. Foster & Promote Achievement & Accessibility
    We are committed to providing the skills and resources academy students need to achieve their educational, career and personal goals. We are committed to an open access RN program for our high school students and to RN collegiate pathways upon graduation.
  3. Respect for Diversity
    We are dedicated to fostering a learning community in which all individuals are valued and supported; promoting a culture of respect that honors the dignity of every individual; and allowing zero tolerance for disrespect. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn and succeed in the classroom, in the workplace and in the community.
  4. Practice Accountability
    The academy is committed to efficient, effective management of human and financial resources to maintain public trust through professional integrity and fiscal responsibility – ensuring the sustainability of the WIN Academy charter school.
  5. Quality of Work & Learning Environment
    The WIN Academy strives to provide an environment free of harassment. We make a commitment to treat all members of our communities with mutual respect and nurture relationships within the academy, at the college where students take courses and in the community. This commitment will allow us to grow our knowledge, aid personal progress, expand our reach and strengthen our impact on students and the communities our students will ultimately serve.
  6. Contribution to Community & Economic Development
    The WIN Academy is committed to serving the occupational and enrichment needs of communities throughout West Virginia, especially in the 10 counties that constitute BVCTC’s service district, and to enhancing the quality of health and life of residents. BVCTC’s service district includes the following counties: Boone, Cabell, Clay, Fayette, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Mason, Putnam and Wayne Counties.
  7. Commitment to Supporting Our Local Communities
    The WIN Academy will strive to be a positive, transformative force in the places we call home by providing a pipeline for healthcare workers to serve the health needs of our communities.

Governing Board

The Governing Board for the WIN Academy will have a grassroots feel with area residents serving on the board. Prior to its opening in fall 2023, the WIN Academy will commence operations with four founding board members bulleted below:

  • Lora Moorhead, a parent of Putnam County Schools, will serve as the board chair. Dr. Moorhead is a Nurse Practitioner Specialist who affiliates with Charleston Area Medical Center and cooperates with many other doctors and specialists in the Prestera Center For Mental Health medical group. Dr. Moorhead will help the board in its oversight of program content and pedagogical strategies to ensure WIN Academy student success in the nursing program.
  • Barry Holstein, President of the Cross Lanes Community Development Council – a position that he has held since 2014. As president of Cross Lanes, Mr. Holstein provides oversight in the development of housing, neighborhood revitalization and community development for the region. Mr. Holstein will bring his business and community development expertise to the project to provide guidance on administration, staffing, instruction, budget among other areas.
  • Andrea Kiessling, a small business owner, also will serve as a board member. Kiessling brings her experience in leadership, finance and business operations to the WIN Academy – assets that will help the program maintain financial and operational viability.
  • Mason Bishop, a small business owner focused on helping students enter the workforce. Mason brings federal US Department of Labor experience to our Board and a strong commitment to innovation in education and workforce training.

Parents of WIN Academy Students - Apply to Join the Board!

An additional two board members will be recruited among parents or guardians once the WIN Academy has determined its first cohort of seniors for the 2023-24 academic year. None of the board members will be employed by BVCTC.

The WIN Academy will hold an open recruitment process in filling the final two board member positions. Parents and guardians of prospective WIN Academy students will be notified by email and regular mail of the opportunity to serve on the founding board for the academy. A deadline for applications will be established, and the initial board members will review applications to select the final two parent board members.

During the inaugural year, the board will consider whether it would like to add additional board members and determine terms for each board member position.

Accreditation Status

The BVCTC Nursing Program has been fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Nursing (ACEN) and the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses since 2007.

Contact information for the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN): Marsal P. Stoll, EdD, MSN Chief Executive Officer Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing 3390 Peachtree Road NE Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326 or by email at: [email protected] Contact information for the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses: Sue Ann Painter, DNP, RN West Virginia Board of Examiners For Registered Professional Nurses 101 Dee Drive, Suite 102 Charleston, WV 25311-1620 Or by email at: [email protected]