Community Action Agreement Renewed
Between Belmont College and GMN Tri-County
Belmont College sites need for expansion in Monroe County.
St. Clairsville, OH (May 3, 2012) – For nearly 40 years, Belmont College has
been assisting the residents of Monroe County in achieving their educational and
career goals. During that time, community members have benefited from the programs
that Belmont has offered through the Main Campus location in St. Clairsville, Swiss
Hills Career Center, and most recently through the Monroe County Center.
The on-site course offerings in Monroe County are made available through Belmont
College’s partnership with the Switzerland of Ohio Local School Board, and
the GMN Tri-County CAC Broadband Center (GMN). Since 2010 the Belmont College Monroe
County Center has been available to provide students with day-time classes as well
as tutoring and advising assistance.
Through a recent renewal of the agreement between Belmont College and GMN, the College
will continue to maintain their presence in Monroe County at the Black Walnut Center
through 2014. Through the agreement Belmont College will continue to operate the
GMN Broadband Center computer laboratory and provide local, convenient access to
high-speed internet service, online course materials, and College courses for residents
in Monroe County and the surrounding areas.
Current student Mae Anderson from Woodsfield, Ohio is majoring in Medical Assisting
and Office Administrative Management. She prefers to take her classes at the Monroe
County Center because it is much more convenient for her to attend classes there.
“As a single mother I love that I do not have to drive very far to take my
classes,” she said. “Without the added drive-time to the Main Campus
I have extra time to spend on my assignments and more time to enjoy with my children.”
During the 2010/2011 year the Monroe County Center held 22 classes, and as of Spring
Term 2012, 40 classes are being offered. Moreover, in the very near future, with
the recent addition of teleconferencing equipment, students can now be at the Monroe
County Center location but attend select classes at the Main Campus in St. Clairsville.
“With our new teleconferencing equipment we will now be able to offer classes
that may not have been otherwise available at our satellite locations,” said
Dr. Joseph E. Bukowski, Belmont College President. “Now students can be connected
to their Main Campus instructors from off-campus locations in Harrison and Monroe
Counties; thus providing students with even more convenient access to higher education.”
Additionally, Bukowski noted that because of the great success of the partnership
between Belmont College and the GMN Committee the College is now contemplating expansion
to provide a greater presence in Monroe County.
The partnership between GMN and Belmont is part of the Monroe County’s overall
Higher Education Plan enacted by the College and approved by the Monroe County Commissioners.
Overall, the partnership is designed to provide local and convenient access to high-speed
internet service, online course materials, and courses for students and residents
in Monroe County.
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Pictured (from left to right) with the new Belmont College Monroe County Center
Sign are Board of Trustees Members Mr. Cory DelGuzzo; Mr. William Hunkler, Vice
Chair; Ms. Suzanne Pollock; Dr. Lorrinda Saxby; and Dr. Mark Macri.
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