Good Time Management Can Help Improve Academic Standings

Students start college, career training or any type post-secondary education programs with high expectations. Many students envision themselves studying and being successful in their course work, but they fail to put together a realistic plan, routine and work schedule that will enable them to achieve academic greatness.

The following suggestions will help you improve your time management which will help you improve your academic performance.

OVCT Time Management

Step 1: Prepare a Term Calendar

  • Include high-level activities such as class time and items whose times don’t change from week to week

Step 2: Prepare a Calendar by Weekly Activities

  • Add in weekly items that need to be completed by each class such as assignments, tests, events, and discussion boards
  • Add all school activities
  • Add all out of school and extra-curricular activities
  • Add in your weekly schedule for out of school activities such as work, family events, and extra-curricular activities

Step 3: Prepare a Daily Schedule – Term calendars and weekly activities don’t typically change, however, your daily schedule may vary based upon changes at work or changes within your personal life. Pick a day each week and dedicate time to preparing your weekly schedule.

  • Jot down things that need to be completed for the next day.
  • Write down everything from the prior day that was assigned that may need to be completed within the next day/days.
  • Include any activities from your weekly schedule that need to be included for the next day that was not previously on your calendar.

You will notice that one of the key fundamentals to managing your study time is to start with your overall schedule and then to work your way down to the details. A calendar as a whole provides direction and instructions for accomplishing your big picture career and school goals.

Key Factors to Achieve Great Time Management Skills

  • Prioritize your assignments by due date and time needed to complete the assignment.
  • Create blocks within your calendar to allow for study time.
  • Schedule activities that are outside of your normal school and work schedule.
  • Join a study group at your college, career school or institution. Study groups offer several advantages to students because typically each member is assigned a topic and then provides a summary to the group.
  • Make sure that you get exercise, eat right and get plenty of sleep!
  • Be flexible! Even though you have accepted the responsibility of maintaining a great calendar you need to flexible. Unforeseen obstacles are going to pop up, so plan accordingly.

 

 

Career Services, A Valuable Resource For Past, Present & Future Students!

By: Courtney Martin – Career Management Director

Ohio Valley College of Technology wants to ensure each and every student that walks in these doors, walks out with the education they aspire to achieve. Career services offered through the school helps students prepare for the real world outside of the classroom. Below is useful information regarding our career services and everything we have to offer.

OVCT Student Government

At Ohio Valley College of Technology, our students are very lucky to have access to a dedicated career services team. We feel this makes a difference by providing support the second a student enrolls and continuing to provide that same quality of help beyond graduation. It is incredibly important to make a difference in the lives of our students.

In our Career Preparation class, students begin their career search. Career Preparation facilitates a smooth transition between college and career. It provides students with the training and tools they need to effectively and successfully write professional documents, up to and including a tailored resume. Students will also learn how to analyze job descriptions, perform quality job searches, develop a career portfolio, ace an interview, dress to impress, and secure a great career and keep it.

When creating a resume, a cover letter is a great representation of the student. Just remember, a cover letter should not just be a regurgitated version of the resume. It should work to show the employer how the candidate will be an ideal fit and an investment for the organization. Thus, it should address the employer’s wants and needs in language from the job description and company website to prove the applicant is well-suited for the role. An employer will determine if they want to trash or keep reading a resume in only six to eight seconds! Thus, it is vital for resume writers to highlight their industry-specific knowledge, skills, and abilities
(or experiences) clearly and efficiently. To do this, as much unnecessary wording as possible should be removed and each component should have purpose, and work toward selling the candidate. The resume should be clean, use space wisely, and should be able to be scanned without ease.

We are all taught from a young age to “never judge a book by its cover.” However, employers do not take this approach. To an employer, “perception is reality.” What they see is what they think they are going to get. Thus, it is critical that interviewees use their appearance as another means to show employers that they are professional, practice appropriate hygiene, and are attentive to detail.

The resume is just one item you need to bring to an interview. The resume, the cover letter, and the reference sheet are what we like to consider the “trifecta”. However, we also recommend that candidates bring an industry-specific career portfolio to visually demonstrate their skills, showcase their achievements, and highlight what makes them unique and the ideal candidate. It is also a good idea to bring a thank you letter to drop off after the interview,  simply thanking them for their time.

After an interview, students need to show enthusiasm. 93% of communication is non-verbal. Thus, candidates should ensure that their tone, facial expressions, and body language demonstrate enthusiasm, interest, kindness, and confidence. Additionally, too many candidates get caught up trying to be what they think the employer wants. However, it is important to not sacrifice being genuine.

Ohio Valley College of Technology is a big family and our graduates are an important component of that. Career services are free and available to all students and graduates who are part of the OVCT family. Career services does not discriminate and uses various platforms and technologies to ensure that the lines of communication remain open. OVCT wants to help assist you in having a Great Career and Great Life!

Amanda Dean – Student Highlight

Amanda Dean

OVCT School of Nursing student Amanda Dean graduated from West Branch High School in 2017 and entered the Associate Degree in Nursing program that September.  Amanda always thought she would attend a traditional four-year university and says she had no idea that programs like the accelerated 24-month program even existed until her senior year.  Amanda thinks it is pretty awesome that she will be able to be working as a Registered Nurse before she even turns 21 years old!  She chose the OVCT School of Nursing because of the convenient evening schedule and hands-on learning she got to experience in her very first semester.

Amanda says that her favorite part of the OVCT experience is the professional relationships she has developed with friends, teachers, and clinical instructors.  It all came together for her in Medical/Surgical Nursing 1, when she was able to combine all aspects of Nursing, science, and critical thinking to apply everything she had learned in a clinical setting.  Her ideal job after graduation will allow her to work close to home while furthering her education in Nursing.  In five years, Amanda says she hopes to be living in her own home, with her student debt paid off, while working in a career field she enjoys.

Amanda says she “would definitely recommend a friend to OVCT because they make it easy by planning out your course schedule and providing all your books.”  She states that “all you need to do is invest in your life for a short period of time to come out on top with an awesome degree!”

Why We Have Continuous Enrollment? Are you ready to get started?

OVCT 2018 Grads

Ohio Valley College of Technology (OVCT) offers continuous enrollment. Continuous enrollment benefits all students regardless of if they are looking for their first job after high school or an adult who wants to change the direction of their current career. OVCT’s enrollment period begins every six weeks, allowing students to enroll at their convenience as opposed to a few times a year like traditional colleges. New students may only have to wait a few days or weeks to get started. Most students are either straight out of high school or people that have children, families, and financial obligations. When choosing to start a new career, a student may want to begin training as soon as possible in order to get in and out of the program and find the job that suits you best.

Furthermore, continuous enrollment allows our students to focus on starting new classes every six weeks which enables OVCT to provide hands-on training and one on one support. Most students will typically take two to three courses at a time allowing them to focus on course specific topics that continuously provide new fresh content. Also, if a student isn’t comfortable with a particular class, our instructors support the student throughout the entire six-week course.

Not only do students have the capability to enroll quickly and conveniently, but OVCT has staggered graduation times. Staggered graduations let students graduate as soon as they finish a program and start their new career.

 

If you are looking for a new career in the health and technology field, Ohio Valley College of Technology can help!

 

GET STARTED TODAY

Frequently Asked Financial Aid Questions

By: Sarah Ferguson – Financial Aid Officer

FAFSA Logo
At Ohio Valley College of Technology, we try to make your college experience as stress-free and enjoyable as possible. There are some frequently asked questions regarding our financial aid process and questions about grants you can receive through the school that I am going to answer for you today.

One of our most frequently asked questions is “Do students have to be admitted to the college before applying for financial aid?” The answer is no. Students can apply for financial aid at any time by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov using your Federal Student Aid I.D. We are also often asked “Are there any deadlines for certain types of financial aid, and if so, what are they?” At Ohio Valley College of Technology, there are no deadlines to receive Federal Financial Aid. Since we offer grants through the school, there are deadlines for the grants awarded. These deadlines can be determined by speaking to a Financial Aid Officer, and will be reviewed when you complete your financial aid appointment.

Even if you feel like you do not qualify for financial aid, you should still apply. There are multiple factors that will affect whether you will receive financial aid. A student’s current situation can change between now and next year, which can affect financial aid year-to-year. All students should apply for financial aid and grants that we offer through the school. This can be done by completing your FAFSA and applying for Federal Student Loans and the Federal Pell Grant. At any point in time, you can check in with the Financial Aid Office for any specifications on grants through our school.

Applying for scholarships is another crucial factor in making your college experience more affordable. Scholarship information can be obtained by visiting our Financial Aid Officer or speaking to your Administrations Representative. They will gladly point you in the right direction. If you are still a high school student, notify your guidance counselor that you’re interested in applying for scholarships.

A great benefit of Ohio Valley College of Technology is that we are not a residential campus. This eliminates the need for the additional expense of on-campus housing and/or room and board plans. The school does not prohibit students from working outside of class, as long as the student is able to attend class regularly and maintain good grades. Your grades here will affect your eligibility for any future academic grants from OVCT and all students must maintain satisfactory academic progress to remain eligible for federal student aid.

Once you are a student, the FAFSA application must be completed every year. The best time to do this is around October when the new FAFSA for the following year is open. This provides the Financial Aid Office plenty of time to process your information and have it ready for the following year. At Ohio Valley College of Technology, we are here to help you become successful. We look forward to answering any of the questions you may have about the sometimes confusing world of financial aid and look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

How to go from a Practical Nurse to a Registered Nurse in just 16 months!

OVCT Nursing Students In Lab
Ohio Valley College of Technology is proud to offer an LPN to RN Bridge Program. The Bridge program is designed for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) to obtain direct admission to the Nursing Associate Degree program at OVCT, leading to eligibility to take the NCLEX-RN for licensure as a Registered Nurse.  Classes begin every April, require no prerequisites, and students enjoy fast-track evening classes and weekend clinical rotations. In addition, by successfully completing transition courses, students are not required to repeat introductory courses such as Psychology, Chemistry, Fundamentals of Nursing, Pharmacology, Nutrition, Medical/Surgical Nursing I, and more.

LPNs play a fundamental role in the delivery of nursing care. At OVCT, we acknowledge that you are already a member of the nursing profession! Transitioning to RN licensure can often result in more long-term career advancement and management opportunities.  The Bridge program is an advanced placement Registered Nursing program that only accepts 18 students.  The program has a 100% cumulative pass rate on the NCLEX-RN exam*. OVCT instructors have real-world experience and provide hands-on training with the support needed to help you achieve your career goals.

Program Features:

  • NO Out-of-State Tuition/Fees
  • Fast-Track Associate Degree Program
  • Direct Admission
  • Convenient Evening Classes
  • 100% Cumulative NCLEX-RN pass rate*
  • The program has received Full Approval from the Ohio Board of Nursing

Don’t Delay!  Advance your nursing career!  Apply to the OVCT LPN to RN Bridge program today by calling Donna at 330-385-1070.

* Based on data reported to the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.   100% cumulative pass rate includes all exam attempts.

Make the Career Change in 2019 – How to Get Started?

Students showing off their diplomas

Now that 2019 is here and almost one month into the New Year lets discuss how we can help you attain those New Year Resolutions going back to school or starting a new career. At Ohio Valley College of Technology we offer the following programs:

The enrollment process is simple and personalized for each individual, to ensure that everything is done right from the beginning. This process makes getting started fast, stress-free and efficient!

Step 1: Contact us by phone, email, or visit our website at https://www.ovct.edu/.

Step 2: Schedule your Admission Visit – During this visit, we will discuss your goals, where you want to be in five years, financial aid, and steps on getting you enrolled.

Step 3: Schedule your Financial Aid Enrollment Visit – During this second visit at the campus, the financial aid office will have you bring in your tax returns and various information to help you fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). Furthermore, if you qualify for additional financial aid or institutional grants these will also be discussed during your financial aid visit.

Step 4: Begin School

Jump Start Your Resolution and Apply Now

Are You Looking for a Career Change? – Make 2019 The Year You Go to College

O.V.C.T Students

A New Year’s Resolution is a promise that you make to yourself to start doing something positive or stop doing something negative on the first day of the year. New Year resolutions may be to change your career, go to school, obtain a new job, lose weight, eat healthier, exercise more, or quit smoking.

Regardless of your 2019 resolutions, below are a few tips to help maintain your New Year’s Goal:

  • Be Specific
  • Be Realistic
  • Keep Your Resolutions Simple
  • Track Your Progress
  • Talk About It
  • Reward Yourself
  • Stick to It

We may not be able to help with every person’s New Year’s Resolution, but if you are looking for a new career in the nursing, business or dental field we can help! At Ohio Valley College of Technology (OVCT), we offer numerous career training courses in East Liverpool, Ohio as part of both associate degree and diploma programs. Our dedicated instructors can provide you the hands-on training that will help you to develop skills needed in a variety of exciting career fields. We offer programs in Nursing, Medical Assisting, Dental Assisting, Medical Office Administration and Business Administration. We offer regular six-week enrollment periods, with representatives to guide you through the entire process.

Financial Aid is available to those who qualify!

 Learn More about Our Programs

Q&A With Instructor Tim Clutter

What is your educational background?

I graduated from Wellsville High School in 2011, and started my college experience at Youngstown State University. While attending Youngstown State I was majoring in social work, but something about the area just wasn’t the right fit for me. I transferred to Kent State during my junior year and joined the communication program. The program at Kent Stark for communication was unparalleled in the area, and I knew that I found my “fit”. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2015. I am now finishing my Master of Science in Marketing Degree at Walden University, and will graduate in early 2019.

Tim Clutter, OVCT Instructor

What are some of your prior work experiences?

Prior to my work at OVCT, I interned as the director of new media at Fulkerson Funeral Home in Sidney, Montana. I worked in tandem with the funeral directors and families to create custom digital and print media to memorialize the decedents. The internship was 100% out of my comfort zone due to both the location and spectrum of duties, so obviously I had to say “yes”! The experience required that I move from my home town to the middle of nowhere in Montana; they don’t have overnight shipping, and you have to take a plane to get to the mall! The people and experiences helped me in more ways than I ever thought imaginable.

What is your current role at OVCT?

My current role at OVCT has more breadth than I ever thought I could handle. I am a general education instructor for our Medical Assisting, Medical Office Administration, and Dental Assisting programs, teaching two English courses, Psychology, Logic & Critical Thinking, Current Events, and Student Success Strategies. For our Nursing program, I keep records of immunizations for pre-clinical requirements, teach two more English courses, and assist the Director of Nursing, Jennifer Walker, in any other capacity needed. It may look like a lot on paper, but I still manage to sleep nearly 45 minutes every night!

Why did you choose to work at OVCT?

I saw the family/team atmosphere cultivated by the employees and administration at OVCT and felt immediately welcome. I was lucky enough to breathe for a minute after walking across the stage post-graduation, and could really sink time into finding a position that was the right fit for me instead of walking right into the first position available just anywhere. I am extremely lucky to have found my “people” so early in life, and couldn’t be happier.

What is your favorite part of working for OVCT?

My favorite part of working at OVCT is graduation! In the weeks leading up to graduation I get to see the culmination of all of my student’s hard work as they pass their certification exams, gear up for the NCLEX-RN or other certifications, and finish out the last of their coursework. Getting to see the students that came in less than two years ago be able to leave confidently is beyond words. I also like the OVCT nursing faculty group chat keeping track of our newly licensed RNs. The faculty here really takes pride in our students.

What, or who motivates you and why?

My family is a huge motivation for me. My mother competed with me in academia. As I finished my Bachelor’s degree, she got a Master’s; as I started my Master’s, she finished a second. The woman is always one-step ahead of me taunting me to want more for myself. I also have two aunts and a cousin who went back to college at the same time that I went, so we were able to motivate each other and commiserate over instructors and coursework. My best friend, Taylor, and I actually went to the same college and shared the same major. Having her by my side made everything easier and a thousand times more fun because I always had my “person”. We’re just as close now as we were sitting in class next to each other, even though we’re miles apart. We always send each other motivation when it is needed the most; I swear we might be telepathic. Lastly, I have a 10-year-old cousin, Aubrey, who looks up to me. I’m sure she could have picked a better role model, but she got stuck with me; so I have to set a good example and show her that you can do everything you want to.

What are you most proud of?

I am most proud of my tenacity. For a 25-year-old, a Master’s degree and instructor position isn’t too bad! I am glad that I have stuck with education for as long as I have so that I never have to go back and finish something; I’m just going to see it through to the end right away. I don’t want to sound like I have a hugely inflated ego or anything, but it is good to be proud of your accomplishments.

What are your long-term career goals?

My long-term career goals are simply to help others succeed. Getting to where I am was a whirlwind of a ride, so for now I just want a few calm years to adjust. I love the organization that I work for, and all of my coworkers are impeccable, so I don’t see myself going anywhere other than OVCT. Maybe I’ll come for that nice President title; watch out, Mr. Rogers. Lol (Just kidding, that’s too much pressure).

What is something interesting about yourself that not many people know?

In high school, I joined the Future Teachers of America organization to get out of class for a few minutes. I was one of the only ones who never had aspirations of teaching, but ended up being one of the only ones from my graduating class’ FTA members to go on to teaching. They all thought that I was crazy for just wanting to get out of class for a few minutes and a cute mug, but the joke is on them… Look at me now!

Anthony Winston – Student Highlight

Anthony Winston, OVCT
My name is Anthony Winston and I am a student here at Ohio Valley College of Technology. I have been a student here since August of 2018 and so far I am enjoying it far more than my past college experience. I attended another local college on and off for five years total after high school. It was a decent learning experience in my life, but I definitely was not invested there. OVCT has been a great experience for me so far.

Before I started my classes here, I was pretty much at a standstill, so I knew I had to do something. I chose to come to OVCT because it is close to home and the staff and made me feel welcomed when I came to tour the school. I chose to be in the Medical Office Administration program because I have a disability which will require me to have a desk job. I felt a degree in Medical Office Administration would give me the chance to find a career.

My favorite part of attending OVCT would have to be the fact that I am growing as an individual through my education and making new friends along the way. My teachers make a great difference as well. I have not had all of the instructors yet, but I do have three favorite teachers so far:  Mrs. Poynter, Mrs. Martin, and Mrs. Scott.  My favorite class so far would be Effective Communication because I love public speaking.

I would definitely refer a friend to come to OVCT.  If you are willing to invest in yourself, the school will give you the tools and the knowledge to build your future on. I am glad I chose to further my education here.