A t the East Liverpool Area Community & Learning Center, we are fortunate to have many facilities available for a wide variety of activities.
The Auditorium over the past year has hosted weddings, a piano concert, music recital, book signing, lectures, children’s activities and public meetings, in addition to the weekly services of Trinity Presbyterian Church.
In July, the Blair Auditorium will be the venue of our first graduation ceremony.
The Ohio Valley College of Technology will hold its July graduation for 71 of its students, who will celebrate completion of requirements for graduation along with their teachers, families and friends. The graduation ceremony begins 6 p.m. Friday evening in the air conditioned Blair Auditorium at the Center that can accommodate more than 500 people.
The Commencement address will be delivered by state Sen. Joseph Schiavoni, who represents Ohio Senate District 33. Columbiana and Mahoning Counties comprise that District. Schiavoni is a graduate of the Youngstown State, later earning his Juris Doctor law degree from Capital University. He has been admitted to practice law in the state of Ohio.
The senator has been an advocate for public education in Ohio since assuming office. He first served by appointment in 2008, was then was elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. Schiavoni has worked to bring job creation and economic development to communities around the state, particularly in his home District. Schiavoni has championed many causes supporting members of Ohio’s work force.
The Ohio Valley College of Technology (OVCT) is associated with West Virginia Junior Colleges in Morgantown, Bridgeport and Charleston through common ownership. Scott Rogers serves as campus president of the Ohio campus. The local campus is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) and the Accrediting Bureau of Health Schools (ABHES), registered with the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools and has been granted full approval of the Ohio Board of Nursing (OBHES) for its Associate Degree in Nursing.
The Ohio Valley College of Technology is the oldest of three Columbiana County area community colleges. The College has a long tradition of serving students of the area, preparing them to join the workforce. Its predecessor, The Ohio Valley Business College, was organized in East Liverpool in 1886, meaning that the school is in its 131st year of operation here.
In 1905, due to fire in its offices, the school was relocated to the Brooks Building at Fifth and Market streets in downtown East Liverpool. The Brooks Building is the site, along with other properties, of the Market Street Lofts apartments, currently under construction in the downtown. Just prior to WWII, the school was purchased by the late Marie Stier and Howard Graham. Twenty eight years later, in 1968, Mrs. Stier became the school’s sole owner. Many area residents remember when Mrs. Stier taught them how to type with both hands rather than the old “hunt and peck” technique used by their parents.
Later, June Bourne and Doris (Pat) McKinnon purchased the school from James Stanley. The school later was moved from its Market Street location to the former East Campus of the East Liverpool school system. Shortly thereafter, it moved to St. Clair Avenue in the former site of Cable’s Market. In 1998, Debra Sanford, a teacher at the school for about 20 years, purchased McKinnon’s share of the company. Former school executive Sanford, who retired six years ago, said “It is wonderful to be able to provide a quality education right in this community that allows students a quick and early access into the work force while not winding up deep in debt.”
In 2001, the community college changed its name to the Ohio Valley College of Technology to better focus on the institution’s six degree programs. A nursing degree program was added to its other degrees. In 2010, the school moved to its present location north of Calcutta on state Route 170 in St. Clair Township. The acquisition of this property turned the school into a two-building campus. In 2015, the OVCT School of Nursing was one of only four programs in the State of Ohio with a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN test.
The College is proud of its 12:1 ratio of students to teachers. This is well below the 21:1 average ratio for all other Ohio community colleges. Nearly 90 percent of students at Ohio Valley are full time. The fields of study at the College are Medical Assisting, Medical Office Administration, Nursing, Dental Assisting, Business Administration and the LPN-RN Bridge. Due to success of the school in job placement and the quality of their education, its students are able to enter the job market more quickly than those from many other educational institutions..
NEW AT THE CENTER
On Wednesday, June 28, the first in a series of six Gardening Classes will be held at the Community Center. Master Gardener Tanta Hendricks has lined up five others who will teach the “do’s and don’ts” to help area residents wishing to plant gardens for fun or profit. The first class will be taught by Master Gardener Linda Zeigler on the topic of “Tools for Gardeners” and the class begins at 7 p.m. Linda is a longtime member of the East Liverpool/Calcutta Garden Club that has been very active in area beautification projects including at Thompson Park.
The following day, June 29, will be the first class on the Art of Playing Bridge, led by Linda Weekly. The class will be held in the Center Farmers Conference Room. The class runs 10 a.m. to noon. Call the Center at 330-303-2110 for information on either of these classes.
Open on the 4th
The Community Center will remain open on July 4, from 1-4 p.m., to enable visitors to the community to spend some time exploring our two Exhibit Halls.
at the Center
Today, June 25
“The Book Thief” at 3 p.m.
Saturday, July 1
“Tinker Bell- Great Fairy Rescue” at 1:30 p.m.
“October Sky” at 3 p.m.
Sunday, July 2
“Sleeping Beauty” at 1:30 p.m.
“Heaven is for Real” at 3 p.m.
• Free admission
• Free drinks and popcorn
• Everyone welcome
Source : http://www.reviewonline.com/news/community-news/2017/06/our-graduation-ceremony/