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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