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WISH: Dreams Come True Art Exhibition For over a year, Ohio Valley College of Technology has been raising funds for Make-A-Wish Foundation: Ohio, Kentucky, & Indiana. The fundraisers started after hiring the new Career Management Director, Courtney Martin. Mrs. Martin…

Q & A with OVCT’s Program Director Kristen Scott, CMA, RN

Is Medical Assisting The Career For You? Have you ever considered a career in healthcare? Maybe you have always had a passion to work in the medical field and did not want to go through an intense nursing program or…

Employer Highlight-Refresh Dental

DR. PETRAKOS OF REFRESH DENTAL IN NORTH LIMA, A LOYAL OVCT EMPLOYER WHO SERVES THE COMMUNITY Dr. Petrakos, of Refresh Dental in North Lima, has been providing the community with quality dental services for nearly 20 years. His practice in…

Student Highlight-Natalie May

MAKING THE LEAP AT SEVENTEEN Choosing a college is such a scary thing at 18 years old. Many high school seniors are afraid of change but yet they are ready to make that big leap for the next chapter. For…

Business Administration Program Highlight

Hands On Training in The Classroom Nine students from the Business Administration program at Ohio Valley College of Technology collaborated with the Admission and Career Services department to design and implement a marketing and sales plan. The objective of the…

10 Things You Didn’t Know About OVCT

By: Scott Rogers, Campus President 1. OVCT was founded in 1886 to meet the growing need for office personnel to support the booming pottery industry in the Tri-State area. Grover Cleveland was President, the Statue of Liberty was dedicated in…

OVCT Dental Assisting Graduate Highlight-Emily Clow

From the Fields to the Labs Strolling through the hills of northwest Appalachia it is hard not to notice all the farm lands. But where are all the farmers? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for…

OVCT Student Highlight-Lindsay Michael

Traditional 4-Year College Not For Everyone Commuting from Hammondsville to Youngstown every day in Ohio weather is not only tedious but can be very dangerous for some. But, Dental Assisting student Lindsay Michael was doing just that, every day for…

Medical Assisting Graduate Highlight – Travis White

Why did you choose OVCT?  I chose Ohio Valley College of Technology because I heard a lot of great things about the college from people who attended and graduated from OVCT. I also liked that it was fast paced programs,…

Business Administration Student Highlight – Taylor Cameron

  Why did you choose to come to Ohio Valley College of Technology? I chose to come to Ohio Valley College of Technology because I heard great feedback from other students about the school. Also, the hours were great for…

Courtney Martin Staff Highlight – Career Management Director

1.)  Why did you choose to work at OVCT? I was very excited to become part of OVCT’s mission to prepare students for great careers through in demand programs, specialized training, and small class sizes. 2.)What is your favorite part…

Laura Keenan Dental Assisting Graduate Highlight

 Why did you choose to come to Ohio Valley College of Technology? Ohio Valley College of Technology was an excellent fit for me! I was looking for a college that had a fast track and successful program and I knew…

Medical Assisting Student Highlight – Kalyn Salmen

I chose Ohio Valley College of Technology because I wanted to go to a great college with a flexible schedule. Choosing OVCT allowed me to work full-time while I went to school on top of being a single mother. I…

Dental Assisting Graduate Highlight – Brooke Parsons

1. Why did you choose Ohio Valley College of Technology?  I chose Ohio Valley College of Technology because they offer Associate Degree programs in sixteen months or less. OVCT provides students with the knowledge they need to succeed in their…

Office Manager Faculty Highlight – Rhonda Stoakes

What is your current role at OVCT? Office Manager   Why did you choose to work at OVCT? I loved being here as a student and always thought Ohio Valley College of Technology would be a great place to work. The Administrative…

Business Administration Student Highlight – Amanda Hayhurst

  Why did I choose to come to Ohio Valley College of Technology?  I graduated high school in 2013 and I knew I wanted to further my education at Ohio Valley College of Technology because of the great things I…

General Education Faculty Highlight – Cassandra Bloor

What is your current role at OVCT? I am a Medical, General Education and EKG Workshop Instructor, and the Student Advisor.   Why did you choose to work with us? I wanted a career in the classroom where I would…

Dental Assisting Graduate Highlight – Sabrina Wendland

I chose Ohio Valley College of Technology because I heard many great things –you can finish your degree in 16 months and it had a high job placement rate. After coming to visit OVCT and viewing the smaller classroom setting…

Medical Assisting Student Highlight – Katelyn McFarland

Why did you choose to attend Ohio Valley College of Technology? I chose OVCT because it is more than just a school; it’s a family. The smaller class sizes make it easier to get to know your classmates and instructors…

Medical Assisting Graduate Highlight – Sarah Fraser

Why did you choose to pursue your education at Ohio Valley College of Technology? I chose OVCT because many members of my family have attended school here over the years and they all said how much they enjoyed it. I…

Medical Assisting Student Q&A – Chrystal Johnson

Why did you choose to come to Ohio Valley College of Technology? I chose to come to Ohio Valley College of Technology because I liked what the school had to offer. I liked the feel of a smaller school because…

Dental Assisting Graduate Highlight – Kelsey McKormick

WORDS FROM A GRADUATE….  I chose Ohio Valley College of Technology because I heard so much positive feedback from others that had attended here. When I had my first visit at OVCT, I knew it was the school for me….

Staff Highlight – Administrative Assistant Tyler Hamilton

What is your current role at OVCT? Administrative Support   Why do you choose to work with us? I was privileged to receive the Work Study position as a student and I had the opportunity to learn many office functions…

Medical Assisting Student Highlight – Amber Lewis

When I first became interested in enrolling in school, the first thing I looked at was distance of the school from where I live. Ohio Valley College of Technology is close to my house and is an easy commute. The…

Medical Assisting Student Highlight – Jessica Bentley

Jessica Bentley enrolled in the Medical Assisting program at Ohio Valley College of Technology in May of 2014. Jessica tried other colleges prior to OVCT but noticed that with a larger campus, teachers and staff didn’t really care about the…

Graduate Highlight – Samantha McCall

Samantha McCall decided to enroll at Ohio Valley College of Technology because of the positive experiences she heard about from graduates and comments from members of the community. “When I went and checked it out, all of the teachers and…

OVCT Work Study

OVCT – The Place for Dreamers  My decision to attend Ohio Valley College of Technology to achieve one of my major goals, which was to obtain a college degree, was probably one of the best decisions of my life! As…

OVCT’s Student Government Association

Ohio Valley College of Technology’s Student Government promotes the needs and interests of the campus, community and its students. Students from every program work together and collaborate with members of the staff and community to raise funds for local agencies…

Graduate Highlight – Pat Coleman

Patricia Coleman decided to enroll at Ohio Valley College of Technology because it was close to home and the classes were small. She soon discovered that OVCT was more than just a college.   Pat first enrolled in the Dental…

Staff Highlight – Kristin Randolph

Kristin Randolph is a business instructor here at Ohio Valley College of Technology. She has always wanted to be a teacher.  “I have a passion for learning new things and I love to show people that passion,” says Randolph.  …

Student Highlight – Ashley Degarmo

Ashley Degarmo decided to attend Ohio Valley College of Technology because she wanted to better herself and receive an education in a growing and demanding field. Ashley decided to enroll in the dental assisting program because she thought it would…

Graduate Highlight – Britni Reese

Britni Reese decided to enroll at Ohio Valley College of Technology because she heard a lot of great things about the hands on learning and liked the fact that instructors know you by name. “I chose Medical Assisting because I…

Student Highlight – Lonnie Laughlin

Lonnie Laughlin decided to attend Medical Assisting classes at Ohio Valley College of Technology because of the professional friendly atmosphere. Laughlin stated that the faculty and staff “embraced me with open arms giving me the inspiration and motivation to believe…

Staff Highlight – Jon Ream

Currently, Mr. Ream is the IT Coordinator and an instructor at Ohio Valley College of Technology.  All students in every program know Ream because they’re in at least one of his classes (Keyboarding, Student Success, Intro to Computers, Social Media…

Graduate Highlight: Yesenia Diaz

Yesenia Diaz chose to attend Ohio Valley College of Technology because she could earn her Associate Degree in Medical Assisting in just 18 months and she heard that OVCT was a great place to attend school. “I decided on the…

Business Administration Student Highlight: Amanda Gillespie

Attending Ohio Valley College of Technology has been like a dream come true for me! I have always wanted to further my education but there always seemed to be something standing in the way. That was when I realized what…

Staff Highlight – Dianna Landess

Dianna Landess’s current role at Ohio Valley College of Technology is an instructor for the Medical Office Administration and Medical Assisting courses. The courses she instructs are: Medical Terminology, Medical Office Procedures, Medical Insurance, Electronic Health Records, and ICD-9 Coding….

Student Highlight – Tyler Hamilton

I chose Ohio Valley College of Technology because I was looking for a college that had a small class setting and a place where I would not feel like I was just a number. There are a lot of individuals…

Graduate Highlight – Jessica Coil

“I don’t think I chose Ohio Valley College of Technology – I think OVCT chose me!’ Jessica Coil was on Facebook one day and saw a few posts from OVCT. “The next thing I knew, I was setting up a…

Faculty Highlight – Kara Heffner

Kara Heffner is the Adult Admissions Representative at Ohio Valley College of Technology. Her role is to help students enroll for school and ensure their transition is as smooth as possible. Kara always likes to tell her new enrollees “You…

Graduate Highlight – Lindsay Flesch

I chose Ohio Valley College of Technology because it was close to home and convenient for me. I decided on the Business program because it applies everywhere and I did not want to be limited in my choices for employment….

OVCT Student Highlight – Tiffany Melott

I chose to come to OVCT to get a degree in Dental Assisting. I remember when Mina Paul came to Southern Local to talk about OVCT and that was when I decided OVCT was where I really wanted to be….

Pack a Classroom For Pets Drive

As many of you may already know, the majority of our staff and students are animal lovers! It is actually one of the things that I took into account when deciding to attend OVCT because I am also somewhat of…

OVCT Student Highlight: Amy Hughes, Medical Assisting

Amy Hughes is an upcoming graduate at Ohio Valley College of Technology and is in the Medical Assisting program. She chose OVCT because of the small classes and the close atmosphere. Amy likes that her instructors know her by name…

The Best Job Tips for 2014 From Your Career Management Directors

“I think you have to remember that job searching is sometimes likes a full time job in itself. Stay positive, organized, and focused.  Most importantly, never give up!” – Gina Roman, Pennsylvania Institute of Health and Technology “Be positive in your…

8 Etiquette Tips for Company Holiday Parties

‘Tis the season of the company holiday parties – the perfect time to meet, greet and leave a lasting impression. Below are eight tips you help you successfully navigate the do’s and don’ts of your company holiday party: 1. Do…

Gear Up for Holiday Employment: Visit Your Career Management Department!

It’s the holiday season and Ohio Valley College of Technology’s Career Management Department is ready to help students find part-time employment! Students who need help finding a position for a little extra cash this season can contact or visit the…

OVCT Faculty Highlight: Ciara Cicogna, High School Admissions Representative

Ciara’s role here at OVCT is to reach out to the local high schools and inform, recruit, and enroll students. She also believes that her positive attitude plays a big part in her role here. Ciara says “If someone is…

OVCT Staff Highlight: Kayla Chuck, Evening Administrative Assistant

Kayla Chuck is the Evening Administrative Assistant at OVCT. She attended OVCT in the Business Administration Associate Degree program and graduated in 2013. Kayla chose to work at OVCT because she loves the school and the personalities of other employees…

OVCT Student Highlight: Jacinda Michaels, Medical Assisting Student

OVCT Nursing student and soon-to-be Medical Assisting Graduate Jacinda Michaels is known throughout OVCT for her hard-working attitude and upbeat personality.  We recently caught up with Jacinda for find out a little more about the experiences that brought her to…

OVCT Graduate Highlight: Jessica Deem, Medical Assisting

Jessica Deem attended Ohio Valley College of Technology as a Medical Assisting student, graduating in December 2012. As a young mother and student at OVCT, Jessica found a way to juggle her responsibilities at school, while caring for her now…

OVCT Staff Highlight: Chad Baker

Chad Baker is the Senior Admissions Representative at Ohio Valley College of Technology. His job is to meet with prospective students who are inquiring information about the school and who are interested in enrolling into one of the programs at…

Catching up with Current Student (And Proud OVCT Alumni!) -Terry Woyan

Many of us who know Terry Woyan recognize her by her positive, hard-working attitude, and smiling face.  We recently caught up with Terry for find out a little more about the experiences that brought her to OVCT, and what drives…

OVCT Graduate Highlight: Mr. Jon Ream, Computer Instructor

With a smile on his face he walks through the halls of OVCT offering a friendly hello or singing a tune or two to anyone that looks in his direction. That is Mr. Ream, the I.T. Coordinator and computer instructor…

OVCT Alumni and Community Memorial Day Event

East Liverpool, OH – Ohio Valley College of Technology participated in its first ever Alumni and Community Memorial Day Event.  Staff members, alumni, students, and their families and friends all joined together to share in a memorable day with their…

Ohio Valley College of Technology Easter Event is a Success!

East Liverpool, OH – Ohio Valley College of Technology was eager to share the “hoppy” Easter spirit with fellow staff members, alumni, students, and their families on Thursday, March 28th in the student lounge.   Members of OVCT staff pulled…

Ohio Valley College of Technology Dental Assistant Students Were all Smiles at Dr. Caldwell’s Office

EAST LIVERPOOL – There were a lot of smiles in Dr. Jeffrey S. Caldwell’s dental office in downtown East Liverpool Friday. It wasn’t surprising thanks to the caring staff members, other local visiting dentists and volunteers. The oversized clown-like glasses…

We love being different… together

EAST LIVERPOOL – Students at the Ohio Valley College of Technology often step up. Studying for the big test. Helping a fellow student. Obtaining a full chicken outfit in about a day’s time. With encouragement from the medical instructors and…

Four’s not a crowd: From Medical Assisting Grads to Registered Nursing Students

CALCUTTA ­- For four Ohio Valley College of Technology medical assistant students, there’s the buzz of excitement going on as they wrap up their final weeks at college. But, it’s not so much the thrill of finishing classes, but the…

OVCT partners with local consignment store to host clothing sale on campus

CALCUTTA – The Ohio Valley College of Technology has partnered with a local business to bring business clothing to the school with the goal of helping soon-to-be graduates prepare for the next step in finding their career. Dashing Divas Consignment…

OVCT: We are family

EAST LIVERPOOL – At OVCT, we are family. At the Ohio Valley College of Technology, we don’t consider ourselves family because of our small class sizes, one-on-one learning opportunities, and family events, but we also mean it in the literal…

Meet The New OVCT Career Management Director – Carolyn Grimes

Does she look familiar? Yes! Ohio Valley College of Technology extends congratulations to Mrs. Carolyn Grimes, an instructor at the Ohio Valley College of Technology who is now the Career Management Director on-campus. “I have really enjoyed seeing our students…

OVCT becomes donation drop-off point for county pound, Humane Society

EAST LIVERPOOL – Even our four-legged friends need help this holiday. The Ohio Valley College of Technology is offering residents a drop-off point for donations to the Columbiana County Dog Pound and for the local Humane Society in their second…

Students make good dental impressions in their Dental Materials course

Truly, the dental assistant students at the Ohio Valley College of Technology make great first impressions. They make great second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth ones, too. In the Dental Materials course at OVCT, students, like soon-to-be graduate Curtis Mackall,…

OVCT hosts EduTech meeting with local education leaders

CALCUTTA – The Ohio Valley College of Technology hosted the most recent EduTech meeting, welcoming education leaders to the campus including Jim Swoger, mayor of East Liverpool. EduTech is a collaboration among educational entities that aims to stimulate the local…

These ‘divas’ are dashing right toward a business career

Shalynn Vecchio and Brook Faulk are getting down to business – literally. Wishing to take their know-how on running their “Dashing Divas” consignment business to the next level, both girls from Lisbon, OH decided to pursue a degree in Business…

Gear Up for Holiday Employment! Visit Your Career Management Department

It’s holiday season and Ohio Valley College of Technology’s Career Management Department is ready to help students find part-time employment! Students who need help finding a position for a little extra cash this season can contact or visit the Career…

Military friendly school, indeed.

EAST LIVERPOOL — It was nearly four years today as part of my assignment with the local paper, the East Liverpool Review, to interview a local veteran who was visiting Calcutta Elementary before he was shipped off to fight the…

OVCT: Rachel – Medical Assisting Graduate

Some young adults may be looking to attend college at age 20. Others, who started right out of high school, may finally be transitioning into an upperclassman at a university. But, Rachel of Highlandtown, OH, has already earned a degree…

Two P’s likely to be forgotten in your job search

Here’s an easy fix to keep you organized and prepared for potential calls from interviewers while job searching. Don’t forget to always keep two very important “P’s” handy… a PEN and PAPER. If an employer calls when you are not sitting…

Excuses, Excuses

Dependability is a major factor when entering the workforce. In the ‘real world’ your 3,000 excuses don’t matter. Employers want individuals who are punctual, dependable and happy to be at work. If you are an individual who frequently ‘has’ to…

What does your voicemail say about YOU?

“Yo…I ain’t here right now leave me a message I’ll get back atcha” Voicemail. We all have it and undoubtedly, when we first get a new cell phone, we call to set it up. Take a moment today to call…