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Belmont College and The University of Akron Partner to Offer Additional Degree Opportunities

UA Associate, Bachelor Degrees Will Be Offered on Belmont Campus  to Meet Demand of Mappers, Surveyors


ST. CLAIRSVILLE, OH (March 1, 2018) – A growing demand for mappers and surveyors from the Ohio Valley’s energy industry has led to a new partnership between Belmont College and The University of Akron (UA). The joint effort means students can earn a bachelor’s degree in surveying and mapping starting this fall without ever leaving the St. Clairsville campus. Students will obtain the degree exclusively at Belmont College through UA’s College of Applied Science and Technology.


Belmont College and The University of Akron recently announced a partnership to offer additional degree opportunities for local residents. Gary Schuller, Professor and Program Director, Surveying and Mapping, The University of Akron; Dr. Elizabeth Kennedy, Dean of The University of Akron’s College of Applied Science and Technology; Dr. Rebecca Kurtz, Vice President of Academic Affairs & Student Engagement, Belmont College; Dr. Paul Gasparro, President, Belmont College; Annmarie O’Grady, Program Manager, The University of Akron; and Ed Mowrer, Energy Institute Manager, Belmont College.

Students attending Belmont College can currently take select courses from a variety of areas related to land surveying to receive an associate of arts degree. Now, by completing six University of Akron bridge classes onsite at Belmont College, they can also earn an Associate of Applied Science in Land Surveying. Completion of those degrees will allow students to directly enroll into UA’s Bachelor of Science in Surveying and Mapping program. The bridge courses and bachelor of science classes will be taught onsite at Belmont College.


“This is a great opportunity to become prepared for a good career in a growing field,” said Dr. Elizabeth Kennedy, Dean of UA’s College of Applied Science and Technology. “We are glad to join Belmont College to help make sure Ohio Valley students become prepared for these future jobs, and have this excellent education option available to them in their own backyard.”


Surveyors and mappers in the Ohio Valley’s energy industry perform surveys of land boundaries for property deeds and parcel descriptions. They also develop layouts related to pipeline construction. Mappers

occasionally use drones to help determine topography of land for energy facilities and pipeline transportation.


“We are excited to work with The University of Akron to create the Land Surveying seamless pathway to a Bachelor’s Degree,” said Dr. Rebecca Kurtz, Vice President of Academic Affairs & Student Engagement at Belmont College. “Students will not have to leave the area to complete these courses and the jobs outlook for this pathway is solid. This transfer and articulation agreement will decrease the time-to-degree, and save the costs of travel, room and board, and repeating courses.”


About Belmont College

Founded in 1971, Belmont College is one of 23 community colleges in the University System of Ohio. The college offers more than 40 associate degree and certificate programs to serve the multiple needs of area citizens. Belmont offers a comprehensive array of credit and non-credit programming at the Main Campus in St. Clairsville, Ohio and provides satellite locations in Cadiz and Woodsfield, Ohio. For more information, visit


About The University of Akron

The University of Akron (UA) is the region’s most influential public research university, contributing to the resurgence of the local economy, providing a highly skilled workforce and known for an innovative approach to higher education. With more than 22,000 students and 300+ associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate and law degree programs, UA offers career-focused and experiential learning. From polymers and psychology, to engineering and communications, to business and education, UA brings together distinct fields of study in ways that provide students with valuable real-world learning opportunities. To learn more, visit


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Media Contacts:


Alex Knisely

Media Relations Specialist

The University of Akron

Akron, OH



Julie L. Keck

Public Relations Coordinator

Belmont College

St. Clairsville, OH