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After successful completion of the prescribed course of study as outlined under the curriculum, a minimum of a “C” aver­age has been earned, and the required number of days/hours for the program have been met, students are eligible for grad­uation.

In order to complete the program, certain criteria must be met:

Conditions of Enrollment

Postsecondary Programs: Must have a high school diploma, HISET, TASC™, GED® or any other West Virginia-recognized high school equivalency diploma (excludes Truck Driving). Students with international diplomas must supply an English translation certifying an equivalency of completion of a 12th grade secondary educational program from the awarding institution. Failure to provide this verification will result in appli­cants being required to successfully pass the HISET, TASC™, or GED®.

Program Entry Requirements

To ensure successful completion of the course of study, students must meet course requirements and complete all enroll­ment procedures before being admitted to class.

All adult students who enter James Rumsey Technical Institute must be assessed and are administered the Test of Basic Education (TABE) or, in the case of the practical nursing program, the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). With the exception of the truck driving program*, adult students must hold a West-Virginia-accepted high school diploma, HISET, TASC™, or GED® prior to admission into an occupa­tional training program. Those who are required but do not possess a high school diploma, HISET, TASC™, or GED® are referred to Adult Basic Education and must earn a West Virginia-recognized High School Equivalency Diploma before enrolling.

*Students who enter truck driving program, which does not require a high school diploma or its equivalency, do not receive federal funding.

Satisfactory Progress

In order for a student to maintain satisfactory progress he/she must:

  • Maintain a “C” average
  • Complete the course of study within 150% of the published length in weeks.
  • All students are expected to adhere to attendance policies, and each student’s progress will be reviewed based on Title IV disbursements.

Regular programs have a total of 1215 clock hours.

Exceptions:       Practical Nursing has a total 1350 clock hours.

                        Mas­sage Therapy has a total of 675 clock hours.

                        Truck Driving has a total of 270 hours.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is measured after a student completes 40 percent of the total clock hours. Student must maintain a “C” average at all times. Attendance and grade requirements are the same for all students, regardless of financial aid eligibility.

Non-credit remedial courses are not offered. In the unlikely event of course repetition (only offered as part of a full-time program one year later) the second grade earned will be counted for SAP.

If a student needs to repeat courses, additional time will be assessed. Any incomplete course work will have a negative im­pact on the student’s average, and may also cause the student to be placed on probation. Students with incomplete course­work or grade averages below the standard will be given until halfway through the next term to correct the problem and provide written verification from the instructor to the financial aid officer.

With the exception of practical nursing, JRTI programs follow a 10-point grading scale

All Programs (with the exception of Practical Nursing)

Letter Grade: A B C D F
Percentage: 90 -100% 80 – 89% 70 – 79% 60 – 69% 0 – 59%

Practical Nursing

Letter Grade: A B C D F
Percentage: 93 -100% 85 – 92% 77 – 84% 70 – 76% 0 – 69%

Tardies and Early Sign-Outs

Tardiness are documented. A student will be marked tardy for any part of an hour in which he/she arrives more than five (5) minutes late for that class. A tardy is equivalent to 45 minutes of “contact time”. Six (6) tardies for postsecondary students are counted as one (1) day absent toward certification and program dismissal. Student sign-outs are to be treated the same as tardies.

Attendance

All postsecondary students exceeding the maximum number of allowable absences will be dismissed from their respec­tive programs. For programs in which the maximum allowable days (hours) absent are fifteen (15), students will receive a warning letter upon the accumulation of five (5) absences and again at ten (10) days absent. These letters will serve as reminders of the attendance policy and the possibility of being dismissed. Students exceeding fifteen (15) days absent have the right to appear before the Attendance Review Committee to request permission to remain in the program. Days missed as a result of court hearings, doctors’ appointments, hospitalization, bereavement (due to the death of a family member), or student incarceration are all counted as absences toward the fifteen (15) day maximum.

A comparable procedure of attendance notification is established for other Adult Preparatory programs in which the maxi­mum number of allowable absences is not fifteen (15) days. This policy includes the following programs: Practical Nursing, Surgical Technology, and Truck Driving.

Regular Programs:          Maximum 15 days absent or 90 hours

Truck Driving:                Maximum 4 days absent or 24 hours

Practical Nursing:           Maximum 8 days absent or 52 hours

Surgical Technology:       Maximum 8 days absent or 48 hours

Massage Therapy:          Maximum 7.5 days absent or 45 hours

For those students who meet all requirements are able to participate in the graduation, and they are awarded a certificate issued by the Administrative Council of James Rumsey Technical Institute at a special ceremony.