Like all other regions across the state, there are a range of colleges to choose from when transitioning from high school, a career technical center, or a career in a different field. Here are three available in Southeast Ohio. Check out our blog for other regions, or explore your educational opportunities here.
Belmont College located at 68094 Hammond Rd, St Clairsville, OH 43950
For more than 40 years, Belmont College has helped students realize their dreams through their specialized programs. Today, there are more than 25 associate degrees and 20 certificate options available across their three campuses located in Belmont, Harrison and Monroe counties. Even with multiple locations to choose from, they ensure that each student feels connected to the college experience, beyond what the average college might do. In fact, their college-wide Be Connected initiative provides an iPad for every student for smooth integration from the moment a student enrolls to graduation day.
Belmont College is determined to help every student meet his or her goals. To meet that vision, they offer everything from workforce training to associate’s degrees. The college’s president, Paul Gasparro, Ed.D. says, “I am committed to student success and that is what Belmont College is all about. Whether your educational goal is to obtain an associate’s degree and jump into the workforce, or to upgrade your skills to advance your career through workforce training, or to further your higher educational dreams and transfer to a 4-year institution, we are here to help you successfully achieve that goal.”
We highly recommend Belmont College’s Building Preservation/Restoration (BPR) program. It’s one of the oldest programs of its kind in the country and is filled with hands-on learning along with in-depth education. This program prepares students for the incredibly important task of preserving and restoring historic structures.
Students with a desire to continue their education past a certificate-level or associate’s degree should consider the Civil Engineering 2+2 Bachelor’s Degree that transfers to Kent State University.
These are just two of the options available. To learn more about all of Belmont College’s programs, visit their website here.
Rio Grande Community College located at 218 N College Ave, Rio Grande, OH 45674
Rio Grande Community College opened its doors in 1974, merging public and private education with The University of Rio Grande. The two schools provide students with the same staff, faculty and facilities. This unique relationship allows students to take advantage of a wide range of services to earn degrees, specialize with career programs and transfer credits. Together, it’s an educational experience unlike any other. With three locations – Jackson Center, McArthur Center, and Meigs Center – the Rio Grande experience is something special.
On the one end of the Rio Grande Community College program offering are certificate programs like the nine-month Welding Certificate Program. And, at the other, associate’s degrees like the two-year Associate of Applied Technical Studies – Welding. Both prepare students for the mandatory pre-graduation welding performance certificate test and a long-lasting career in welding.
To learn more about all of Rio Grande Community College’s programs, visit their website here.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our statewide tour of each region’s certificate and two-year programs. No matter what part of the state you’re in, there is a place for you to learn the valuable skills needed to have a successful career in construction. As always, if you or someone you know has any questions about these programs or about the construction industry in general, contact us. We at I Build America – Ohio are here to support you on your path.