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Belmont College Announces Expansion of Business and Information Technology Programs

St. Clairsville, OH (May 30, 2013) - Belmont College is pleased to announce that three new majors in the Business Management and Information Technology (IT) associate degree programs have been developed. The new majors are as follows: marketing, networking, and electronic media

“It is a pleasure to introduce these new majors to our students and the community,” said Dr. Rebecca Kurtz, Vice President of Learning and Student Success. “The development of the majors was based upon the needs of local employers and these new majors will create new possibilities for obtaining jobs.”

The marketing concentration will emphasize both the foundations and technical aspects of marketing. The coursework and classroom experiences in the marketing curriculum will focus on the customer relations, marketing plan development, human relations, analytical, ethical, legal, decision making, and interpersonal skills necessary for success in the marketplace. The technical aspects of the program will focus on design, message, and a variety of platforms including web sites and social media. Hands-on practice has been added to include an internship experience. Graduates can expect career opportunities in diverse areas such as product management, advertising, market research, public relations, Web-based businesses, customer service and sales.

The networking major is under the IT focus and concentrates students’ studies on the design, installation, and configuration of hardware including: servers, routers, switches, workstations, and installation of operating and application software. Laboratory assignments will allow students to install a network, set up hardware and software, and learn to perform maintenance. Upon completion of the program students will be prepared to challenge the CompTIA A+, Network+, CISCO and Microsoft certification exams. Belmont College is an approved Cisco and Microsoft training site and authorized testing center. According to the U.S. Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of computer support specialists is expected to grow 18 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. More support services will be needed as organizations upgrade their computer equipment and software. Computer support staff will be needed to respond to the installation and repair requirements of increasingly complex computer equipment and software.

Additionally, the electronic media concentration is designed to prepare students to strategize and develop professional looking materials for print or placement on the web, as well as various social media sites and be able to develop applications for the web or other electronic devices. Electronic media brings together web design, social media, and digital art forms such as photography; video; audio; and animation to create the ultimate, interactive experience for the end user.

For more information about the new business major contact Jane Black, Academic Advisor at 740.699.3813 and for more information about the new IT majors contact Jamel Chamberlin, Academic Advisor at 740.699.3945.

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