Over forty representatives and employers from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia recently met at Ohio Valley College of Technology for the college’s annual advisory board meeting. Comprised of an array of respected professionals within the healthcare, dental, business, and social-services industries, the advisory board’s mission is to foster students’ career success and employer satisfaction by sharing valuable employer feedback and developing educational goals.
The evening started with a brief highlight of OVCT’s WE CARE Core Values and an overview of its successful year of outcomes in student retention, certification/licensure of graduates, and career placement. A “southern comfort” style dinner was catered by one of OVCT’s very own Business Administration students, Joshua Nally, who is pursuing his education with the intent to open and manage his own restaurant.
At the conclusion of the general session, representatives participated in program-specific breakout sessions in nursing, medical assisting, dental assisting, business administration, and medical office administration. These sessions provided an opportunity to identify current training and skills needs in these career training programs and to assess the overall effectiveness of each program in preparing graduates for employment. The advisory board fosters employer and community relationships while developing program goals through the input of healthcare and business professionals. This relationship ensures that employers are familiar with the comprehensive career services provided by OVCT, and assists in matching the skills employers need to the graduates who possess those skills as documented through industry-recognized national certifications.
In attendance were representatives from:
This year, OVCT was honored to have a record number of current students in attendance, as well as many OVCT alumni who are now working in their career field! We are very appreciative of the many community leaders who provide their time and valuable feedback regarding employment trends and the training needed for success in the healthcare or business fields.
Editor’s note: This event took place prior to the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing guidelines. We still wanted to share this event with you as it is an event we look forward to every year.