BridgeValley Community and Technical College to guarantee admission for two New River Community and Technical College students each year for its Dental Hygiene program

BridgeValley Community and Technical College (BVCTC) and New River Community and Technical College (New River CTC) are making it easier and more affordable than ever for West Virginians to study dental hygiene. 

Students can now study prerequisite courses at New River CTC, then transfer to BVCTC and have guaranteed placement in the two-year dental hygiene program. Two New River CTC students will be able to take advantage of this opportunity each year, effectively streamlining their academic pathways by eliminating duplicate courses.  

BVCTC Interim President Dr. Casey Sacks and New River CTC President Dr. Bonny Copenhaver signed the Dental Hygiene Articulation agreement on December 17, 2021. The partnership will continue on an annual basis and become effective upon approval by New River CTC and BVCTC. 

“We anticipate this agreement will be immediately successful for both of our colleges,” Sacks said. “New River CTC students will be able to work toward their certification in dental hygiene more efficiently, and we look forward to welcoming them onto our campus.” 

“I am so pleased that New River CTC has this partnership with BVCTC.  Building this bridge between the two colleges increases program access to New River CTC’s students and demonstrates that joint partnerships between neighboring institutions is beneficial to the communities we serve,” Copenhaver said. 

To learn more about how to get started in the dental hygiene program at BVCTC, visit

Students interested in starting at New River CTC should apply for the Health Professions Pathway. For additional information on New River CTC, visit

BridgeValley Community and Technical College promotes student success, prepares a skilled workforce, and builds tomorrow’s leaders by providing access to quality education.  BridgeValley Community and Technical College will be the college of opportunity for a diverse learner population, offering leading-edge technology, innovative ideas, and dynamic service to our students and our communities. 

New River Community and Technical College serves nine counties in southeastern West Virginia from the Greenbrier Valley Campus (Lewisburg), Mercer County Campus (Princeton), Nicholas County Campus (Summersville) and Raleigh County Campus (Beaver).