St. Clairsville, OH (May 26, 2021) — This year, Belmont College is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. May 2021 marks the official anniversary that, 50 years ago, the charter establishing Belmont Technical Institute, today known as Belmont College, was signed.
Belmont marked 50 years of success at their recent kickoff Anniversary Charter Day event. The event was held in the College’s Courtyard at the Main Campus Academic Technical Center on Friday, May 21, 2121. During the event a brief program was held that included dignitary proclamation presentations, a time capsule presentation, and light refreshments.
In his opening remarks, Dr. Paul Gasparro, President said, “From its inception, our institution has played an important role in opening access to higher education, providing a well-prepared workforce, and growing a vibrant community. We are the community’s college.”
“Initially, when the College first opened its doors, we offered three associate degree programs in business,” he continued. “Today, we provide more than 45 degree and certificate options in programs such as: Engineering, Industrial Trades, Nursing, Information Technology, and pre-baccalaureate studies to name just a few. Non-credit classes are also offered on campus, including CDL, healthcare and safety training.”
During the ceremony, a proclamation from Governor DeWine’s Office was presented in honor of the Charter Day event. Additionally, U.S. Congressman Bill Johnson was in attendance and presented a proclamation. Also, in attendance and presenting proclamations were Belmont County Commissioners, Jerry Echemann, Josh Meyer, and J.P. Dutton, along with St. Clairsville Mayor Kathryn Thalman.
The College has also been the recipient of proclamations from Senator Frank Hoagland and Representative Donald Jones.
Additionally, as part of the Charter Day Ceremony, a Time Capsule Lectern was unveiled. This lectern is special not only because it will house the College’s time capsule contents for the next 25 years, but because it was designed and created by three recent Belmont College welding graduates Trent Rice from Bridgeport, Ohio; Shane Krob from Bridgeport, Ohio, and Nathan Keenan from St. Clairsville, Ohio under the direction of Dirk DeCoy, Director of Industrial Trades and Contract Training.
Melissa Rataiczak, Director of Workforce Development & Advancement presented the Time Capsule Lectern.
“As part of the College’s 50th Anniversary, we have installed a time capsule which will be a permeant fixture in our Main Campus Academic Technical Center Courtyard. This time capsule is to be opened on our 75th anniversary, as it will serve as a commemorative of the College’s past, as a memento of the College today, and as a message to future Belmont College students, faculty, staff, and our community.”
The time capsule contains items relevant to the 2021 academic year including: College schedules, a current employee roster with signatures, local newspapers, a campus map, photographs, student essays, the College history, to name a few.
Following the ceremony, guests were invited to take a tour of the campus including the newly renovated main campus building, the Health Sciences Center, as well as the Mechanical Technical Center.
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