Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Last Chance Shopping Expo benefits scholarship fund

The Ohio University-Chillicothe Student Senate is sponsoring the Last Chance Shopping Expo to benefit the Larry Cox Memorial Scholarship from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 18 in the Shoemaker Center at OU-C.

Vendors such as Pampered Chef, Avon, 31 Purses, and more plus local artists and crafters will be in attendance. In honor of Larry Cox, a former OU-C student and basketball player, a free throw contest will be held for individuals of for all ages beginning at 2 p.m. Gift baskets from local merchants will be raffled off and door prizes will be awarded throughout the day. Food and warm drinks will be for sale as well. Also, Santa will be in the building between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Vendors can reserve a spot by calling Heather at 740-497-6566 with questions or to reserve a table for $20. Vendor lunch is provided free of charge.

Area students will match wits in LEGO robotics competition at OU-C

Students ages 9 through 14 will put their problem-solving skills to the test in the First LEGO League competition on Dec. 11 in the Shoemaker Center at Ohio University-Chillicothe. The event involves students engaging in a robotic team competition that combines, engineering, computer-programming, problem-solving skills and research skills.

The public is invited to attend the practice competition round at 12:30 p.m., opening ceremony at 1 p.m. and official competition rounds from 1:45 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The event involves teams of 2 to 10 students working collaboratively to program the robots to carry out missions on the human body. The students are judged and scored based on their professionalism and ingenuity they show in programming the projects to complete their missions.

Competing teams represent schools from Bishop Flaget, Dublin, Huntington and Unioto schools, with some schools sending multiple teams.

Students competing in the OU-C regional event can advance to state and national competitions. The intent is to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the region. This year’s event focuses on biomedical engineering.

Sponsors are Ohio University-Chillicothe, Bishop Flaget School and the IGA of Bainbridge and Frankfort.

Information on the First LEGO League program is available online at http://www.firstlegoleague.org/media/twocol.aspx?id=247

Orientation session prepares faculty for successful winter quarter

Nearly 40 individuals attended a recent New Faculty Orientation session at OU-C. The event prepares faculty members for a successful winter quarter by sharing useful insights and allowing those in attendance to become more knowledgeable of pertinent information. Colleagues from the Dean’s Office, Student Services, the library and other areas on campus shared information about resources and services that are available to support faculty members.

Most of the individuals in attendance are adjunct faculty members who bring professional insights to the classroom and especially benefit from the discussion of academic procedures.

Outstanding teaching is at the heart of what distinguishes the Chillicothe Campus, and the faculty orientation sessions are part of the campus’ ongoing efforts to ensure that OU-C students have an exceptional educational experience.

A similar session is scheduled for Dec. 9.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Office Technology program allows students to prepare for rewarding career fields

See OU-C student Kimberly Bowers describe why the OTEC program has been a good ‘fit’ for her academic and career plans on the campus’ YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/ouchillicothe

OU-C’s Office Technology (OTEC) program allows students to develop the technical and professional skills they need to succeed in positions such as an office manager or administrative assistant. The program blends classroom instruction with hands-on instruction including a multimedia computer lab and software programs that reflect the latest technology that is found in the workplace.

“The technical skills offered in OTEC (keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, database management, desktop publishing, business communications, and computer fundamentals) support career opportunities in many fields regardless of your degree program, career field, or individual need,” OTEC program coordinator Allison White said. “Those involved in various careers (small business, journalism, health services, marketing, advertising, social work, bookkeeping, dispatching, IT, business analysis, or management) will obtain highly competitive and invaluable skill sets from our courses.”

In addition to earning an associate degree, students have the option of pursuing certificates as medical and legal administrative assistants.

The program can also serve as a springboard for students to eventually earn a bachelor’s degree and pursue further career options.

Current students realize the benefits of the OTEC program in preparing them for careers.

“OTEC gave me a chance to really put my technical skills to use and to see how far I could actually go with them,” said Leanna Hostetler, an OTEC major who graduated from Adena High School. “It will be beneficial in my search for a job because so many employers are looking for ‘tech-savvy’ employees. The skills you learn in this program really prepare you for the many demands in the job market.”

“Also, I just recently started my courses with Health Services Administration, and I feel that I would not be as successful without the knowledge I gained from OTEC. I am definitely glad I started with the Office Technology program because I feel it will give me an added boost on my resume,” Hostetler said.

Hostetler plans to pursue a career as an administrator or manager in a nursing home, hospital or health department.

“I decided to enroll in the OTEC program because there are always plenty of job opportunities that offer room for growth and advancement in this field,” said Jessica Lane Howard, a graduate of Huntington High School and Pickaway-Ross Career Center.

“This program not only has classes that teach you things you will always use, but it also has a great group of instructors and students. The students are really career-driven, and the instructors go out of their way to help you in any way possible.”

After earning her associate degree, Howard plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Health Service Administration. The OTEC degree serves as a good foundation for her future endeavors.

“In my career choice, you must be able to find your way around a computer,” Howard explained. “You must know how to use all of the Microsoft Office programs, prepare different types of documents, develop communication skills and use various types of equipment.”

Kimberly Bowers, a Zane Trace High School graduate, found her academic and career focus through the OTEC program. “I started out undecided on my academic major but took some keyboarding classes that I enjoyed and realized that I also enjoyed other classes I was taking that are part of the OTEC program. My initial plans were to work in any type of office setting as a receptionist. When the medical certification was designed to align with the Office Technology degree, I enrolled in those courses to increase my strengths in the medical area.”

“Currently, I am taking classes to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Health Service Administration, and I feel that the knowledge I have gained from the OTEC program will improve my chances of getting a job in this field once I graduate,” said Bowers, who plans to work in the administration department of a doctor’s office or long-term care facility.

For more information about the Chillicothe Campus’s OTEC program, contact White at whitea3@ohio.edu or (740) 774-7256.