Belmont College offers new degree

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Belmont College is celebrating a new associate’s degree program.

The process technician degree is being offered in conjunction with Washington State Community College (WSCC) as part of the Industrial Technology curriculum. Students finishing the two-year degree will be prepared for employment in the chemical processing industry.

On Wednesday, Belmont College President Dr. Joseph Bukowski and WSCC President Dr. Bradley J. Ebersole signed the partnership agreement in a ceremony attended by many officials from both colleges and Belmont students in civil engineering and industrial electronics programs.

Energy Institute Manager Ed Mowrer served as master of ceremony. In his speech, he stated that the degree will fit perfectly for individuals who want to work in chemical plants, processing plants, or plastics manufacturing plants which he and many others anticipate will soon be coming to the area.

Ebersole said the program is meant to fill a workforce need.

“Since I’ve been here in Ohio, this has been a need expressed to me repeatedly,” he remarked. “It’s obvious this is something we need to do, and for these two colleges to share these resources is very special.”

In the process technician program, students will complete 45 hours of classes at Belmont College and 20 hours of online classes taught by WSCC faculty. Some of the classes included are manufacturing processes, statistical quality control, engineering materials & concrete design, and process troubleshooting. Process technicians, also known as chemical operators, will be able to obtain jobs in a variety of industries including oil and gas processing, plastics, and pharmaceutical and energy production.

Ebersole recognized Brenda Kornmiller, Dean of Business, Engineering, Industrial Technologies, and Workforce Development at WSCC, for her work in developing the degree. Judy Sandstead, Belmont Director of Program Development, and Kent Hall, WSCC Professor of Industrial Technology, were also involved in creating the degree.

In his remarks, Bukowski said Belmont College is always searching for occupations driven by the oil and gas industry.

“Coming up with this program is a breakthrough to try to say to the people of our region, there is hope. There’s hope for good jobs. These programs are complex, they are technical. They involve taking math and science,” he stated. “I’m really pleased we’ve put this program together, hopefully to benefit hundreds of people in the years to come.”

To learn more about the process technician degree or speak to an Enrollment Services Associate, call 740-695-8516 or email Summer classes begin May 27.

WSCC is a two-year college located in Marietta, the seat of Washington County. It offers more than 50 degree programs.

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