ST. CLAIRSVILLE, OH – January 4, 2012 – It’s official: on July
1, 2012 Belmont Technical College will become Belmont College.
More than a year ago, Belmont Technical College began exploring a new brand identity
which included not only new colors and messaging, but also a new name for the institution.
Enrollment growth and expansion into broader program offerings, including the Associate
of Arts and Associate of Science degrees, fueled the need for the College to adopt
a new name that better reflects the current offerings of the institution. The College’s
name change from Belmont Technical College to Belmont College is accompanied by
an updated logo in addition to the implementation of its brand positioning,
“Be Able. Be Belmont.”
“It is our hope that by aligning the new name with our educational programs,
we will increase the value of our degrees and advance the College’s status
in the eyes of the community.” said Dr. Joseph E. Bukowski, President of Belmont
College. “Much of the world has changed since Belmont was founded in 1971
and so has the mission of the College. This is a defining moment in Belmont’s
history. We believe that change is how we grow, and Belmont is actively growing
and changing as an institution to better serve the community.”
Moreover, Belmont has another big change for the coming academic year. In
the Fall of 2012, the College will convert from quarters to semesters. This conversion
to semesters is part of the overall 10-year strategic plan put forth by the Ohio
Board of Regents to standardize the academic calendar for the entire University
System of Ohio. At Belmont, the semester calendar will extend each term by as much
as five weeks, allowing students more time to learn course materials and opportunities
for more in-depth study.
Belmont College is and will continue to be an integral part of the University System
of Ohio and fulfill its community college mission – to provide affordable
higher education for students in a learner-centered environment and to offer community
leadership that promotes programs for economic development, career advancement,
workforce development, and community education that are responsive to local business
“The new Belmont College brand is more than our name and logo. ‘Be
Able, Be Belmont’ is an expression of who we are as an institution.
It’s our promise to students, alumni, the community we serve and ourselves,”
noted Laura Doty, Director of Strategic Communications. “It’s the cornerstone
of our new positioning. It’s simple and compelling: Be Able. But the
benefits of being able are different for every student. Celebrating the many
benefits of ability widens the appeal and relevance of our core claim: that Belmont
College changes the lives of students by preparing them to do the things they were
meant to be able to do.”
About Belmont College
Belmont College is a comprehensive community college preparing students with their
choice of career training, degrees, or certificates. At Belmont, we change lives.
We not only transform students into graduates. Here, students apply education beyond
the classroom and make an impact in the world an in our community. Whatever the
course of study, our students are going to put practical expertise into motion.
Towards a profession…a new degree…a new life.
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College President, Dr. Joseph E. Bukowski , second from left displays the new Belmont
College signage with current students (from left to right) Darrick Doty, Business
Administration and Leadership Major; Emily Hawthorne, Accounting Major; and Braeden
O’Connell, Information Technology Programming Major.
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