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Belmont College Conducts Curriculum Development Workshop

(From left to right): Lou Ann Swallie, William Knox, CPA;  Karen Gilham, Ohio Hills Health Services; Sharon West DaRe, AEP-Ohio Valley District; Sherry Sperry, Williams Lea;  Matt Kendal, Williams Lea;  Judy Sandstead, Belmont College; Michelle Malek, Belmont College.St. Clairsville, OH (December 17, 2012) – Belmont College recently held a DACUM (Developing a Curriculum) workshop to obtain information on what skills are needed by graduates of the office administration program.

DACUM is an acronym for Developing A Curriculum and was developed by The Ohio State University Center on Education and Training for Employment. This unique and innovative workshop is a method of job and occupational analysis; expert panelists create a profile chart that details and presents a graphic portrayal of duties and tasks performed by the employees. In this case, the occupation was office administration.

The office administration experts for the DACUM workshop held at Belmont included the following panelists from area employers: Matt Kendall, Williams Lea; Sherry Sperry, Williams Lea; Sharon West DaRe, AEP-Ohio Valley District; Karen Gilham, Ohio Hills Health Services; and Lou Ann Swallie, William Knox, CPA.

"This workshop presents a unique opportunity to identify specific employer needs quickly and efficiently to ensure that what is being taught is what employers need for a well-trained workforce, ” stated workshop facilitator Judy Sandstead, Director of Program Development.

Sandstead went on to further explain that the DACUM process works because expert workers can: describe and define their job/occupation more accurately than anyone else, define a job/occupation precisely the tasks that expert workers perform, and relate all tasks demanded use of certain knowledge/skills, tools, and positive worker behaviors

Panelists developed a DACUM research chart that identified precise duty and task statements for someone in the position of office administration. At the end of the workshop, panelists created lists of general knowledge and skills, worker behaviors, tools/equipment materials/supplies, and future job trends and concerns that were desirable for competent employees.

The DACUM workshop recorder, Michelle Malek, Associate Professor, Business Technologies explained that the collaboration between the local businesses and Belmont College strengthens the community relationship and specifically identifies future skills needed for those in office administration.

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Photo (From left to right): Lou Ann Swallie, William Knox, CPA; Karen Gilham, Ohio Hills Health Services; Sharon West DaRe, AEP-Ohio Valley District; Sherry Sperry, Williams Lea; Matt Kendal, Williams Lea; Judy Sandstead, Belmont College; Michelle Malek, Belmont College.

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