Local Partnership Earns Ohio Association of Community College Award
St. Clairsville, OH (July 29, 2015) – Belmont College is pleased to announce that their ongoing partnership with Hess Corporation is now award winning.
The Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC) recently presented their Excellence Awards on June 12, 2015, during a luncheon at their annual conference held at Cuyahoga Community College. Through a nomination by Belmont College’s President, Dr. Paul Gasparro, Hess Corporation was awarded the OACC’s 2015 Outstanding Business Partnership Award for their partnership with Belmont College regarding the Shale Safety Institute.
According to OACC, eligible nominees for this award are businesses that have partnered in a significant way with their local community college to raise awareness of, or advance, programming, outreach, capacity, and/or impact of the institution.
Last year, Belmont College partnered with Hess Corporation to provide an opportunity to educate and train local first-responders at the first ever Ohio Shale Safety Institute. Hess Corporation, a leading global independent energy company primary engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas, currently maintains operations in eastern Ohio. The Belmont College Main Campus location in St. Clairsville, Ohio sits at the center of the Utica Shale play and is regionally recognized as the source for local training for fire fighters and first-responders.
Rob Williams, Hess Corporation’s Manager of Utica Operations said, “We value our partnership with Belmont College and strive to make a difference and create a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where we operate.”
Through the partnership, the Shale Safety Institute event was made available at no cost to local and regional first-responders. The event focused on specific emergency and safety responses related to the oil and natural gas development in eastern Ohio.
“Not only has our strategic relationship with Hess Corporation engaged the college and the energy sector of our regional economy, but it goes above and beyond a typical affiliation to include significant community outreach, as well as a safety and educational component,” said Dr. Gasparro. “Thanks to an already existing relationship with the first-responder community through our fire and emergency medical service programs, we were able to effectively promote Shale Safety Institute to the stakeholders in the region.”
Belmont College fire and emergency medical services faculty coordinated with Hess Corporation personnel to align the training event’s curriculum with industry needs in Ohio. The event featured more than 15 concurrent two-hour training sessions offered in three sections. These training sessions counted as continuing education units for the first-responder participants. With more than 250 attendees, this event has quickly become a flagship safety, training event in Ohio for first-responders and the oil and gas industry.
Dr. Gasparro went on to say, “The presence and participation of Hess Corporation and its employees helped raise the awareness of the event and made for a true partnership between the company and the college. I am so pleased that they have been awarded the OACC 2015 Outstanding Business Partnership Award. It is well-deserved.”
Due to the overwhelming response and community interest, a second event will be held at Belmont College for August 22, 2015 through the partnership with Hess Corporation.
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