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 New York harbor, and the first Tournament of Roses Parade was held in Pasadena, California all in the same year. The school’s original name was Ohio Valley Business College, and it was changed in 2001 to the current name of Ohio Valley College of Technology.
2. OVCT once had successful men’s and women’s basketball teams and a cheerleading squad! Called the Centennials, the men’s team once ranked as the nation’s top NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) Division II team. Their home court was located at the former East Elementary at 500 Maryland Avenue in East Liverpool. During the 1988 season, they posted a season record of 23-2!
3. In 2015, the OVCT School of Nursing was one of only four nursing programs in the state of Ohio to achieve a 100% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN. This outstanding achievement resulted from curriculum focused on educational outcomes necessary for student achievement. (http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/PDFS/Education/NCLEX/2015_NCLEX_PASS_RATES.pdf)
4. All programs at OVCT lead to the ability to sit for one or more nationally-recognized certifications. In addition to the Nationally Registered Certified Dental Assistant certification, Dental Assisting graduates are eligible to test for a state dental radiographer’s license, allowing them to take x-rays from the neck up. Medical Assisting graduates are eligible to take the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant Examination. Ask your admissions representative about current certification options in your program.
5. OVCT is one big family! Students, Faculty, and Staff regularly participate in community service activities, including Make-A-Wish, the Humane Society, Boatsie’s Boxes, the Red Cross, and more. We are a founding sponsor of the Dash for Mat’s Bash held annually in Wellsville. In the past year, student-supported activities helped send a four-year old girl to Disney World to meet Queen Elsa and over 350 stockings were delivered to local service members deployed overseas during the holidays.
6. The stream that flows behind campus is a federally-protected wetland. As a tributary of the Little Beaver Creek National Scenic River, the stream flows into one of only three such rivers in Ohio and supports the state’s largest population of endangered Hellbender salamanders.
7. OVCT instructors and staff are engaged leaders in the community. Nursing Sciences instructor Jim Kerr is the founder and curator of the Beaver Creek Wildlife Education Center. Monica Allison, Director of High School Admissions, serves on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Southern Columbiana County, and Angel Brock, Academic Dean, serves on the Board of Directors of the Counseling Center of Columbiana County. Career Management Director, Courtney Martin, is actively engaged in Community Theater, appearing regularly in productions at Crown Theater in Columbiana.
8. The campus provides multiple scholarship and grant programs to help students fund their education. High School graduates who are accepted to the College and start classes are automatically eligible for the Promise Grant, which is valued at $1,000 per semester. OVCT is one of only three schools to provide a 100% matching scholarship to the Lou Holtz Life Improvement Scholarship. The Nurses Touch Lives Grant helps eligible students pursue their dream of becoming a Nurse, and the Academic Success Grant rewards students who are academically successful, professional, punctual, and motivated. (See current Catalog for complete eligibility details.)
9. OVCT day students are scheduled for classes Monday-Thursday, so they always have a three-day weekend! Plus, day students can graduate with an Associate Degree in as little as 16 months. The OVCT School of Nursing offers a night and weekend program allowing students to graduate with an Associate Degree in Nursing in as little as 24 months. In addition, the School of Nursing offers an LPN to RN Bridge program option to licensed LPN’s, allowing them to transition to RN’s in just 16 months.
10. OVCT students come from all walks of life. From traditional students just out of high school, to adult learners, to first-generation college students, to grandchildren of alumni, our diverse student body encourages and supports a team approach to learning. To find out more about getting on track to Great Career and Great Life, contact an OVCT representative at 330-385-1070 or request information today.