Stephanie Moore – Student Highlight

Known for her exceptional work ethic and friendly smile, Medical Assisting student Stephanie Moore is leaving her mark at OVCT. In addition to her studies, she is a Federal Work Study and the Vice President of the Student Government Association.

Stephanie Moore - Student Highlight

Before attending OVCT, Stephanie went to a large online university for Forensic Science. However, she felt that the online experience “wasn’t great” and that it just wasn’t for her. At that time she was a stay at home mother and wanted something more for her life and her family’s future. She aspired to help people and be “a part of something bigger…to make a difference” and found the opportunity to do that in OVCT’s Medical Assisting program. Stephanie said she chose OVCT because “it made me feel like home. I felt wanted here and I knew I was going to need someone in my corner to succeed”

With less than a year left before graduation, Stephanie is thrilled to be completing her hands-on clinical courses. Her favorite part of attending OVCT has been her instructors and that OVCT is one big family and community. She loves that the instructors and staff genuinely care and will go above and beyond to help. She feels as though making friends has been exceptionally easy and that she has made friends that will last a lifetime.

When reflecting on the teachers she’s had Stephanie says, “I don’t think I can choose a favorite instructor. They have all been extremely encouraging.  I have so much respect for every single one of them.” She feels as though each instructor offers a unique perspective that has helped her learn and grow. Although it was difficult to pick a favorite instructor, she was quickly able to pick a favorite class, “My favorite class is Clinical. I love the information and hands-on experiences we receive”.

Upon graduation, Stephanie would love to work as a Medical Assistant in a Podiatrist’s or Orthopedic Surgeon’s office. She feels these would be a great way to fuse her passions for helping people, medical science, and fascination with bones and the skeletal system. Five years from now, she would like to be growing in her career and enjoying life with her family.

When asked if she would refer OVCT to a friend, she enthusiastically said “Absolutely! I do all the time. The skills you learn here and the time spent here is like no other. OVCT is so unique and one of a kind. You can’t get this amazing experience anywhere else.”

The Value of a Two-Year Business Degree

In today’s world, business is everywhere. From your local coffee shop, to global corporations, our world runs on businesses and the products, services, and experiences they offer.

How do businesses keep their operations running smoothly? How do they ensure their customers are happy? How do they know if they’re making a profit? The answer to all these questions is the business professionals working daily to help these companies succeed.

All types of businesses need trained professionals with the right combination of education, skills, and experience. Earning a two year business degree can give you exactly what businesses are looking for in employees and get you in your career faster. Keep reading to find out the top benefits of earning a two year business degree!

Put Your Business Career On The Fast Track

One benefit of earning a two year business degree, as opposed to a four year degree, is that you get into your career faster. Since you finish your degree more quickly, you get the opportunity to start earning income sooner.

The Value of a Two-Year Business Degree

When earning an associate degree in business, you typically don’t waste time taking classes you don’t need. For example, at OVCT, our classes are designed to give you exactly what you need to start your business career. You save time and money by taking only the classes you need.

A two year degree in business can jump start your career by giving you a competitive edge when applying for jobs. With an associate degree, you will stand out from candidates who have no degree.

Learn Business Fundamentals

Learning the business fundamentals that companies use to operate is another valuable benefit to earning a two year business degree. With classes focused on business, you learn exactly what you need in order to enter the workforce.

Because most types of companies operate with the same business fundamentals, you can use this knowledge for a variety of careers and can work in many different industries. Technology, retail, healthcare, telecommunications, transportation, small business, education, and hospitality, as well as governments and nonprofits, all need business professionals in order to operate.

Gain Hands-On Skills

Since a two year business degree is more career focused, you learn the hands-on skills needed for real jobs. Today’s businesses want to hire people who are job ready and can jump right in.

As part of the OVCT business administration associate degree program, students learn hands-on skills that employers value, including managing an office, supervising personnel, understanding accounting, managing employee payroll, marketing and advertising, sales and customer service techniques, and working with computer databases and spreadsheets.

You also get the opportunity to practice essential soft skills needed for working in the business world, such as communication, teamwork, problem-solving, time management, adaptability to change, creativity, and people skills.

Increased Career Opportunities

Today’s business employers need job candidates who can jump right in and get the job done. By earning an associate degree in business administration, you will qualify for more jobs, increasing your career opportunities.

Our business administration program at OVCT prepares students for a variety of jobs, such as sales associate, customer service, bookkeeping, associate level management, and marketing data collection and analysis.

Utilize Career Support

When you earn a two year business degree, you have the ability to build relationships with teachers and other students to expand your professional network, which is very helpful when applying for jobs.

You can also receive resume, interview, and job application help. At OVCT, we provide career placement assistance to students, utilizing our positive relationships with local employers.

Get Started Today

Are you ready to start down the path to a successful career with a two year business degree? Request information now to get started today!

Graduation 2019

Graduation signifies the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. It is a time of reflection and celebration. Graduates reflect on the obstacles they had to overcome, the things that led them to that spot in their life, and the different roads they took to get there. After many months, late nights, externships, and clinical hours they finally get to celebrate their new destination in life.

These individuals have taken on many names in their lives. They have been called things like son, daughter, husband, wife, mother, father, brother, sister, friend, and classmate. For many months now they have been “student.” It is with great pride and pleasure, OVCT can now call these individuals “graduates”.

Graduation 2019

On August 16, 2019, there were many smiling faces at OVCT’s graduation ceremony, not just the graduates but also their instructors and program directors.

“Besides orientation, graduation is my favorite time of year! It’s when we get to all come together and recognize the amazing journey these students have taken. As a fellow graduate, it’s a sense of pride in welcoming these graduates as new alumni! I want to send a special shout out to our recent Business graduates as it’s my first group that I’ve mentored from day one until graduation as the Business Director! I’m so thankful to have met all of our students and now graduates!! I can’t wait to see all of their amazing accomplishments in life!!”  says Mr. Ream

This group of individuals consists of business professionals, dental assistants, medical office administrators like billers and coders, medical assistants, and Registered Nurses.

Graduation was held at East Liverpool High School’s auditorium and honored over a hundred Ohio Valley College of Technology graduates. One program director stated that they “loved seeing the support the grads had! There were so many people that we ran out of seats. That says a lot!”

“My favorite part of graduation was being there for students on their first day of class and then getting to watch them walk across the stage and receive their degrees. I remember one student, in particular. She came to our campus right before the Holidays (2017)  with her little baby who was only two months old. Now, her daughter who is not even two years old, was in the auditorium and saw her mom in her cap and gown to receive her degree from Mr. Rogers.” says one of OVCT’s Admissions Advisors.

Following the graduation ceremony was the Nursing Pinning Ceremony for the Class of 2019. Nursing graduates were accompanied by selected family and friends to receive their nursing pin. Mrs. Tammy Clutter, RN, MSN shared the history of the nursing pin and what the colors signified.  Afterward, nursing graduates stood in their white uniforms and took the Nightingale Pledge.

The following graduates received awards in recognition of their academic and clinical achievements:

Academic Excellence Award

Lucas Ramsey

Clinical Excellence Award

Joshua Underwood

Florence Nightingale Award

Martha Shackelford

Ohio Valley College of Technology wants to recognize the graduates who maintained a GPA of 4.00 throughout their program of study.

Business Administration:

Kaleigh Bosel

Breanna Kelly

Samantha Riggs

Dental Assisting:

Kathaleen Mangus

Medical Assisting:

Nicole Alexander

Katherine Dentz

Shanon Geer

Leah Kelly

Stefanie Masters

Medical Office Administration:

Jennifer Detore

Shandra Garey

Maggie Graham

Lianne McCoy

Erin Stoddard

Hailey Thomas


Lucas Ramsey

A Conversation with Beth Adkins of East Liverpool Medical Group

East Liverpool Medical Group
Beth Adkins, Office Manager of East Liverpool Medical Group (l) with OVCT Medical Assisting student Leah Kelly, who is completing her externship at the office.

Ohio Valley College of Technology recently sat down with Beth Adkins, Office Manager for East Liverpool Medical Group in Calcutta, Ohio. Ms. Adkins oversees medical assisting externships for OVCT students at this local medical practice, which has been in operation for the past thirteen years. East Liverpool Medical Group is also affiliated with East Liverpool City Hospital.

Ms. Adkins says that there is always a need for healthcare, whether to help already sick patients or for preventative and wellness care. She states that “healthcare is ever changing and people are living longer and are more educated on their health.” OVCT externs gain valuable exposure to various medical procedures with hands-on experience at East Liverpool Medical Group.  Further, Ms. Adkins reports that East Liverpool Medical Group values having OVCT students complete their externship at the facility, because it gives them the opportunity to train the future employment pool. “We also get to know possible job candidates and can recommend them to human resources,” she states. 

According to Ms. Adkins, East Liverpool Medical Group continues to grow and build their patient base by filling a great need in the local, underserved community. To future students, she says, “College is a financial endeavor that requires dedication and focus. Keep your eye on the prize. Students should be goal-oriented and take pride in their accomplishments.” Ms. Adkins concludes with these words of wisdom for students entering college in 2019-2020. “Be a loyal student, which in turn makes you a loyal employee in the future. Show respect to others throughout the process and never burn bridges. Hard work pays off!”

For more information about OVCT’s fast track associate degree programs, and to become a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant or Certified Billing and Coding Specialist, call 330-385-1070 or request information by clicking here.

Paige Dawson – Student Highlight

Paige Dawson
Before she decided on Ohio Valley College of Technology, Dental Assisting student Paige Dawson wasn’t sure what college she wanted to attend. She was conflicted and scared as a high school graduate and didn’t think she was ready to go off to a big university.

Paige chose OVCT because it was close to home and she could still be around the people she loves. Paige says “Little did I know, I’d find the people I love the most right here at Ohio Valley College of Technology! The teachers are kind and make each and every student feel like they are family! I chose Dental Assisting as my major because I felt in my heart that’s what I wanted to do.”

After taking the entrance exam for nursing and not passing it, Paige says “I knew God had a different plan for me, and I’m so glad he did.” Her favorite part about attending OVCT is the friends she has made along the way, college friends that she says truly are her forever friends.

Paige sums up her experience as follows, “Every single person at my school is so sweet and caring.  My favorite teacher would have to be Jamie Stine. You can talk to her about anything without judgment and she is always there when you need a helping hand! She teaches her dental students everything we need to know to work in the dental field! I am so excited to learn more from her!” Paige is excited to finish school and begin her career in dental assisting.

Career Fair

OVCT was thrilled to spend one of these elusive beautiful summer days hosting over 20 local employers for its 2019 Community Career Fair on Thursday, July 18, 2019. Students and members of the community took full advantage of the sunshine and enjoyed meeting with recruiters and hiring managers from a variety of industries related to their OVCT 2019 Career Fair particular programs or career fields. Many students in the medical, nursing, dental, and business programs were offered interviews for potential externship or employment opportunities. In attendance were: Heritage Valley Health System, Mercy Health, Weirton Medical Center, East Liverpool City Hospital, North American Dental Group, Hill International Trucks, Robert Half, Acuity Healthcare, U.S. Army, Opportunity Homes, Always Best Care, Windsor House Inc., Primerica, Lifesteps, Community Action Agency of Columbiana County, Brighton Rehab and Wellness, Western and Southern Life, Rue 21, The Orchards, Companion Care, and Allstate.

During the event, employers were invited to choose and attend a series of student skills expos. Here they had the opportunity to watch students in each program perform hands-on skills in the lab or classroom. They were impressed by the medical assistants’ blood draws, the dental assistants’ impressions, the medical office administrative students’ medical coding, and the business administration students’ “mockumentary” of OVCT’s very own version of “The Office”.

Feedback from the participating employers was exceptionally positive, focusing primarily on how impressed they were with the quality and professional level of questions that candidates asked. They were also thrilled to meet with an extensive and diverse talent pool and to attend such a unique outdoor event. Many were very eager to meet with program directors and to schedule future opportunities to return to the school to meet with students.

Employer Photo Career Fair

The faculty and staff at OVCT are grateful for each employer who participated in the career fair and provided significant learning and career opportunities for students. OVCT is excited to expand and cultivate its relationships with our community and the employers who are a part of it by continuing to train and prepare quality graduates who are eager to demonstrate and expand their skills. Additionally, OVCT would like to thank the student volunteers who played a critical role in the success of the event, working diligently to organize, set up, and successfully run the career fair.

How to Enroll for Fall Classes

You’ve decided it’s time to make the move into a great career, but where do you begin? What can you do today that will create a better future for you and your family?

There are many benefits to earning a college degree, such as gaining valuable skills, expanded career opportunities, and increased job security. At Ohio Valley College of Technology, our programs are designed to give you the hands-on training and skills needed to excel in your career.

How to Enroll for Fall Classes

Ready to put your career on the fast track? Fall classes are starting soon, so read on to find out exactly how to get started!

How to Enroll for Fall Classes

In order to enroll for fall classes, you first need to request information, call us at 330-385-1070, or come visit the OVCT campus at 15258 State Route 170, East Liverpool, OH 43920.

Next, you will work with an OVCT Admissions Advisor to guide you through the enrollment process. You will schedule a time to come in for a Career Planning Session to review your career goals, take a tour of the OVCT campus, and meet our faculty.

After your campus visit, you will talk with a Financial Aid Representative, fill out your FAFSA if needed, turn in all required documentation, and get registered for your classes. Congratulations, you are now officially enrolled for classes!

Once you’re registered, we will work with you to make sure you have everything needed to succeed in your classes, including scrubs, books, and other supplies.

Associate Degrees and Professional Certifications

Our associate degree and diploma programs are designed to provide you with the education, experience, and hands-on skills needed to pursue a career in-demand fields.

With our Medical Assisting associate degree, you will prepare for an exciting career as a Medical Assistant and can sit for the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant professional certification. You will practice essential skills like taking vital signs, performing lab tests, drawing blood, assisting with simple surgeries, and assisting with heart tests.

The Medical Office Administration associate degree trains students in areas critical to running a medical office, such as performing basic coding, maintaining electronic health records, handling billing, understanding medical terms, and protecting patient privacy. Students are prepared to sit for two valuable certifications, including Certified Billing and Coding Specialist and Certified Medical Administrative Assistant.

As a student in the Dental Assisting associate degree program, you will learn the vital aspects of oral care, including exposing and developing radiographs, assisting a dentist during dental procedures, sterilizing dental instruments and equipment, managing patient records, and mixing dental cements. As part of the program, you will be prepared to sit for the Nationally Registered Certified Dental Assistant professional certification.

In the Business Administration associate degree program, you will gain the business knowledge and skills valued by today’s employers, such as managing an office and supervising personnel, utilizing sales and customer service techniques, managing a small business, understanding accounting, and managing employee payroll. You will be prepared to sit for the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Certification from Certiport.

With our direct admission Nursing degree program, you prepare for a career as a nurse, enabling you to make a difference in people’s lives every day. You will train in crucial areas like nursing values, the nursing process, health promotion and maintenance, therapeutic communication skills, and competent nursing training. With our comprehensive nursing degree program, you will prepare for your nursing boards with classroom learning, our skills laboratory, and in clinical practice settings.

Why Choose Ohio Valley College of Technology

At OVCT, our programs are designed to get you on the fast track to a great career. With student success being a top priority, we offer academic advising, career advising, small class sizes, personalized attention, externships, and short-term programs.

With the associate degree programs at OVCT, you will have the ability to work in places like hospitals, doctor’s offices, medical labs, clinics, long-term care facilities, dentist’s offices, oral surgeon offices, and many types of professional businesses.

Get Started Today

Ready to make your move into a great career you will love? Fall classes are starting soon, so request information now to get started today!

How to Create Your Personal Brand

Creating a personal brand can spark the interest of potential employers and put your career on the fast track, but how do you do it?

Personal branding allows you to create and maintain a specific image of yourself. Organizations create brands to make themselves known for specific things like having the best product or providing great customer service, and you can do the same thing when creating your personal brand.

A great example of a company that has used the power of branding for many years is Apple. Have you ever wondered how you know a commercial is for an iPhone before the product is even shown? Have you ever thought about the feeling you get when walking into an Apple Store? Why do Apple products always have the same look and feel? The reason this happens is because Apple has worked so hard to brand themselves so that you automatically know you’re having an Apple brand experience. You can use this same power of branding to accelerate your career and get that dream job.

How to Create Your Personal Brand

How can you use the power of personal branding to kick start your career? Check out our five steps to creating an awesome personal brand!

Step 1: Align your personal brand to your professional goals

The first thing you need to do is decide what exactly you want your personal brand to be. This is known as your brand identity, and figuring this out is an important first step, as everything else will build on it.

Ask yourself these questions to help determine what your personal brand should be:

  • Why are you creating a personal brand?
  • What are your professional goals?
  • What do you want to be known for?
  • What are you passionate about?
  • What are your strengths?

Once you’ve answered these questions, you should have a good understanding of what you want your personal brand to be. For example, if you are a student training for a healthcare career, some of your answers could be to find a job, advance your career, and become known as an expert in your local medical community.

Step 2: Choose your platforms

Personal branding is easier now more than ever because of the rise of social media and mobile devices. You can create your personal brand from anywhere, at any time, but deciding which social media platforms to use can be challenging. Is Facebook or Twitter the better choice? What about Instagram or LinkedIn?

There are two questions you need to answer when deciding which social channels to use for creating your personal brand: Who do you want to reach with your personal brand and what social platforms do they use?

For example, if you’re a healthcare student trying to get employers to notice you, Facebook and LinkedIn are probably where you need to be. If you’re an artist trying to promote your work, then Instagram would be better.

Step 3: Network with relevant professionals

Once you’ve figured out exactly what your personal brand is going to be and which channels you’re going to focus on, the next step is to network and begin building relationships with others. Following relevant accounts in your niche is a great way to start. When you have something valuable to add to the conversation, you can comment and like their posts, as this will start to build a relationship.

Following potential employers, community healthcare leaders, industry organizations, and healthcare experts would all be great for our healthcare student example. Feel free to share their content that aligns with the personal brand you’re working to create. For example, if a healthcare organization shares a post about updated industry standards, you can reshare this to your page.

Step 4: Share your knowledge and expertise

The best way to build and maintain your personal brand is to share content that shows your own knowledge and expertise. Photos, videos, blogs, infographics, and status updates are all great examples of the types of digital content you can share.

Think about your audience and the types of content they would be interested in when you’re creating content and figuring out what to post. Photos of hands-on training like phlebotomy and taking vital signs would be perfect things for a medical student to share. Testimonials and recommendations are great to share because they show you get things done.

Step 5: Always be yourself

There are many advantages to creating a personal brand to advance your career, but always remember to be yourself! Being authentic and genuine, and letting your true self shine through is essential because people connect with genuine people.

Ready to put your career on the fast track?

You’re on the way to creating an awesome personal brand, so take the next step to kick start your career with education and training from OVCT. Request information now to get started today!

Devin Tallman – Student Highlight

Devin Tallman-Student Highlight

OVCT Medical Assisting student Devin Tallman graduated from Oak Glen High School in 2018.  OVCT was Devin’s first college experience!  In Devin’s own words, “As someone who never thought about college in my entire life, and didn’t think I’d make it to 18, I wanted to prove my peers and past relationships wrong, and show them I am going to be someone.”

Devin chose OVCT because it was relatively small. She personally did not want a long, four-year college experience, and admissions advisor Monica Allison was so nice on the phone.  Devin first thought she wanted to go into the Nursing program, but decided that the Medical Assisting program was a better fit, the more she looked into it.

OVCT Student Highlight-Devin Tallman

Ms. Tallman’s favorite parts of attending Ohio Valley College of Technology are the classes, the people, and her supportive peers.  While she states that she favors ALL of her teachers at OVCT, she specifically points out how supportive Mrs. Hedrick, Mrs. Poynter, and Mr. Clutter have been and how they have helped her to “come out of my shell.”

Devin describes her ideal job after graduation to be working as a phlebotomist at UPMC or St. Jude. She would love the opportunity to meet more diverse people. In five years, her goal is to own her own home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and be married to her wonderful boyfriend Alex Henson, and eventually having a family together.

Devin says she would definitely refer a friend to OVCT.  She states, “This school is fantastic and everyone here is so kind and happy.”

Budgeting 101

Budgeting is an important aspect of personal finance. Regardless of how much money you make, you need to know what you’re spending it on and how to plan for the future.

There are many benefits to creating and using a budget, such as a better credit score, less debt, and increased long-term financial security, but how do you create an effective budget? What can you do today to start budgeting and planning for your future?

Budgeting 101

Read on as we share our top budgeting tips with you!

Create Your Monthly Budget

The first thing you need to do for budgeting success is to create a monthly budget. With a monthly budget, you know how much money you have coming in and how much you expect to spend for the month.

To start, add up how much money you have coming in each month so that you know exactly what you have to work within your monthly budget. For income from a job, be sure to use your after-tax take-home pay, because this is the amount you can actually spend.

Next, you need to add up all your monthly expenses. If you’ve never created a budget before, this part can seem intimidating. The best place to start is to gather all your monthly bills, look at your bank and credit card statements, and make a list of everything that you’re spending money on and the monthly amount. Here is a list of expenses from that you should be tracking:

  • Housing – rent, mortgage
  • Utilities – gas, electricity, water, sewage
  • Car – car payment, gas, insurance
  • Loans – student, credit card bill
  • Amenities – internet, phone, monthly subscriptions
  • Medical – healthcare insurance, bills
  • Necessities – clothes, household products
  • Groceries – food, pet food
  • Entertainment – activities, gifts, dining out
  • Miscellaneous – random expenses

In addition to the expenses above, you also need to account for any quarterly, bi-annual, and annual expenses you may have. These need to be added in monthly, so that you can be sure you’re properly saving for the expense. For example, if you only pay your property taxes once per year, then divide the amount by 12 and include it in your monthly budget.

After you have your total income and total expenses, you need to create a chart to track them. You can do this in whatever way works best for you, whether that’s in a spreadsheet or in a notebook.

Once your chart is created and everything listed out, subtract your expenses from your income. If you have money left over after doing this, that amount would be great to put into savings. If you’re in the negative after doing this, you need to cut some of your expenses or increase your income.

Needs vs Wants

As you create your budget, really think about each item and whether it’s a need or a want. To keep it simple, needs are things that you need to live such as housing, utilities, food, and clothing. Wants are things that you don’t need but are nice to have, like entertainment, eating out, and going on vacation.

The reason you need to look at these expenses separately is that if you need to lower your expenses, you’ll have to take away from your wants.

Track Your Actual Spending

Once you have your monthly budget set up and ready to go, you need to track your actual monthly spending to ensure that you’re staying on budget and determine if changes are needed in your budget.

There are a few ways to do this including looking at your bank and credit card statements and manually adding everything up, or using software like Mint, a free budget tracker and planner that basically does all the tracking for you.

Once you’ve decided on your preferred method, compare your actual spending to your monthly budget to see if you need to adjust your budget. For example, if you are spending more on food than you expected, you need to adjust this in your monthly budget moving forward so that it’s accurate.

Save for Your Future

Saving is important for future needs and wants like buying a house, investing in your education, or going on a dream vacation.

In order to save consistently and effectively, you need to add the amount you want to save each month to your monthly budget. Look at the monthly amount you save like it’s a bill you are paying to your future self.

Ready to get on the fast-track to a great career?

With your budget on-track, you’re ready to invest in your future. At OVCT, you can get the associate degree, hands-on training and professional certifications needed for a great career. Requested information today to get started!