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Belmont College Places Emphasis on Experiential Learning

Rebecca Torsell, 2013 Building Preservation/Restoration graduate from St. Marys, Ohio
Rebecca Torsell, 2013 Building Preservation/Restoration graduate from St. Marys, Ohio recently completed the Ambassador Bill Lane USA Gallery Fellowship that takes place in Sydney, Australia at the Australian National Maritime Museum. This fellowship provided Rebecca a chance to work in a professional museum setting conserving metals recovered from shipwrecks. Rebecca is photographed here during her time in Australia.

St. Clairsville, OH (June 21, 2013) – At Belmont College students have opportunities to participate in various types of practical hands-on learning experiences that coincide with their program of study. These experiences include: clinicals, practicums, co-ops, internships, and/or field experiences that relate to their programs of study.

Many programs offer various types of applied learning sessions related to the requirements necessary for obtaining degrees and/or certificates in specific disciplines. For example, students from the Associate Degree Nursing and Practical Nursing programs are required to participate in clinical experiences. Other programs such as Mental Health and Early Childhood Education require practicum hours, while the Building Preservation/Restoration (BPR) program operates a field lab site where students can apply skills and gain field experience.

2013 BPR graduate Rebecca Torsell from St. Marys, Ohio recently completed the Ambassador Bill Lane USA Gallery Fellowship that takes place in Sydney, Australia at the Australian National Maritime Museum. This fellowship provided Rebecca a chance to work in a professional museum setting conserving metals recovered from shipwrecks. She said, “This internship was an opportunity of a lifetime for me to utilize the hands-on experiences I learned at Belmont and apply them to real life situations.”

Recently Belmont College has increased options for experiential learning to assist students in preparing for the workforce. Students enrolled in the business management, information technology, civil engineering, and industrial electronic programs will now have the opportunity to enroll in internship and seminar courses. These courses will allow students the ability to receive first-hand work experience as well as college credit.

“Internships allow students to apply concepts that they are learning in the classroom to actual business challenges,” said Bill Knox, Program Chair and Assistant Professor of Accounting/Business. “Along the way, they can also learn important lessons about team work, leadership, researching, presentation skills and more.”

Experiential learning provides value for Belmont College through ensuring quality and accountability of programs, supporting reaccreditation criteria, as well as a recruitment incentive. Experiential learning is a priority at Belmont and the college works actively to assist students in reaching their educational goals through these practical experience sessions. During the 2011/2012 academic year, 1,788 students were enrolled in 146 experiential learning sections. This number of sections is slightly above the overall five-year average of 136; the number of students participating this year is also above the overall five-year average 1,715.

For more information about the experiential learning opportunities at Belmont College, please contact Courtney Nign, Enrollment Services Coordinator, at 740.695.8516.

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