Antoinette Basinger – Staff Highlight

Ohio Valley College of Technology is thrilled to introduce our new Career Management Director, Antoinette Basinger. Ms. Basinger started in September of 2020 and has been hard at work ever since to provide quality career services and to support students and graduates. In her first month, Ms. Basinger has successfully arranged two big employer visits for the month of October which include Trinity Health System and Mercy Health.

Antoinette has an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts from Pittsburgh Culinary Institute-Le Cordon Bleu as well as a Bachelor of Technical and Applied Studies with a concentration in Business and a minor in Insurance Studies.  Prior to working at OVCT, Ms. Basinger was a member of the United States Air Force Services. Here she mentored other soldiers through the ranking process and utilized her culinary training and experience. She also worked at Walt Disney World as a private chef for banquets at Epcot. Most recently she worked as the Scheduling Manager for Always Best Care in East Liverpool, OH.

Outside of OVCT, Antoinette enjoys spending time with her two children, Teagan, 9, and Gavin, 7. She enjoys hiking, being outdoors, going to various zoos, and golfing with her children. She also likes to help do catering on the side. Her children keep her motivated and inspired. She feels she can relate to students’ desire to provide a stable and happy life for their families. When asked what her greatest accomplishment is, Ms. Basinger states “I have achieved many accomplishments but I am most proud of the various duties and functions I was able to perform in the military. I was Airman of the quarter a few times as well as the government purchase cardholder. I got to spearhead the building of a multi-million dollar fitness center at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana.”

Ms. Basinger’s military experience had a direct impact on her decision to join OVCT. “In the military I helped mentor fellow soldiers. This is where I found I was truly passionate about helping others achieve their goals and discovered I could actually do it for a living. I enjoyed helping others find their passion, establish goals, and achieve their vision. I believe that when you identify your passion, your career plans will fall into place. This is what brought me to career services. In this role, I have the amazing opportunity to help students and graduates assess their values, interests, and abilities, to provide insight to career options and to help them develop job search skills.”

Although she has only been here a short while, Antoinette’s favorite part of her job is the people. “I love the people that I work with. They have treated me like family since the first day that I came here and are always willing to help me out if I need it.” She looks forward to continuing to foster and build relationships with coworkers, students, graduates, and employers.

OVCT is thrilled to have such a passionate and hardworking addition to the family. Ms. Basinger has made exceptional headway in her first month and we are so excited to see what she accomplishes personally, professionally, and for students and graduates in the months and years to come. Contact us today to learn how Ms. Basinger can assist you in your career journey!