Wednesday, January 12, 2011

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

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 or (740) 774-7256.

OU-C to present “I Have a Dream” speech video

A video of the famous “I Have a Dream” speech by Martin Luther King Jr. will be presented at noon Jan. 18 in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons at Ohio University-Chillicothe. The event, which is sponsored by OU-C Student Services, commemorates Martin Luther King Day and is free and open to the public.

The landmark speech was delivered on Aug. 23, 1963, to a crowd of 200,000 individuals at the Lincoln Memorial. In the speech, the late civil rights leader called for racial equality and an end to discrimination.

“As a college campus, it is important that we continue to reflect on Dr. King’s legacy and the impact he had on society. This is one of the historic speeches of our time, and its theme still resonates today,” said Coordinator of Student Activities Ashlee Rauckhorst.

OU-C officials discuss campus’ commitment to the community

OU-C Dean Donna Burgraff and Director of Continuing Education and Workforce Development Mike Green were recently guests on WBEX Radio’s “Sounding Board” discussion program with host Mike Smith. They discussed the campus’ outreach efforts in engaging with community members to improve the quality of life for regional residents.

Among points of discussion were the campus’ long-standing position in the community and commitment to offering a quality education at an affordable price and in a manner that meets the needs of students who are often busy with family and work demands. They also talked about how the campus utilizes education to serve as an economic driver for the region.

A podcast of the interview is available online on WBEX’s podcast Web page at:

Upcoming ‘salon’ event to discuss making a profession of creative expression

Area artists and writers will share how they have been able to turn their creative pursuits into a vocation during a discussion at 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 20 in the Quinn Library, located in the Stevenson Center at Ohio University-Chillicothe. The event, “Making a Living Through Your Art,” is free and open to the public. The discussion is sponsored by the Quinn Library and the Chillicothe & Ross County Public Library.

It is part of the Salon Series that strives to engage members of the campus and local communities in noteworthy topics.

Speakers will include nationally-acclaimed author Don Pollock, who wrote Knockemstiff; Cynthia Davis, owner of the Park View art gallery in Chillicothe; and Laura Buckle of Columbus, whose pulp-fiction novel Embers was recently released.

Snacks and light refreshments will be served.

“In the past, we have discussed the creative process and how it unfolds. Now, we take that conversation a step further by learning how that creativity can become a professional pursuit,” OU-C head librarian Allan Pollchik said. “I am pleased that we partner with the local library to provide this event. The salon series is designed to promote the campus’ commitment to supporting a learning environment on campus and in the community. Having the cooperation of our colleagues at the local library certainly captures that spirit.”

Nominations sought for Rotary ‘Student of Month’ recognition

The Chillicothe Noon Rotary organization is launching a “Student of the Month” recognition that will recognize outstanding scholars. The student and sponsoring faculty/staff member will be guests of a Rotary lunch, and the student would share some brief remarks about him/herself.

This offers an opportunity to recognize students who are not only strong academically but who go the extra mile outside of the classroom, particularly in terms of community service or using their talents to help fellow students or advance the campus environment.

OU-C faculty and staff members are encouraged to nominate deserving students as well as insights on why the student is worthy of this recognition by contacting faculty member Jim Proctor, a Rotary Club member, at

Campus contributions display holiday spirit to local family

Contributions by members of the OU-C campus community made the holidays a little more festive for a local family. Once again, donations were collected to purchase gifts for a needy family that was identified through the Child Development Center. More than $780 was raised, and the money was used to purchase such things as boots, coats, clothes and toys for a family with four children ranging in age from 4 to 14.

Also, canned goods were collected on campus and donated to a local food pantry.

Upcoming Campus Events

• Academic Council meets at noon in Bennett Hall room 105 on Jan. 25 and Feb. 8 & 22

• OU-C basketball vs. Akron-Wayne at 1 p.m. on Jan. 15 in Shoemaker Center

• Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have a Dream” speech video presented at noon on Jan. 18 in Stevenson Center Learning Commons

• Classified Group meets at 9 a.m. in Bennett Hall room 105 on Jan. 18 and Feb. 8

• “Making a Living Through Your Art” public discussion at 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 20 in Quinn Library as part of the Salon Series

• Administrative Council meets at 9 a.m. in Bennett Hall 105 on Jan. 20 and Feb. 10

• Faculty & Staff Arts, Crafts & Hobbies show exhibit from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 20 in Patricia Scott Art Gallery

• OU-C basketball vs. OSU-Lima at 1 p.m. on Jan. 22 in Shoemaker Center

• Foothills Folk Society in concert at 7 p.m. on Jan. 28 in the Bennett Hall auditorium

Monday, January 10, 2011

Reception scheduled for current faculty & staff exhibit

A reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 21 in conjunction with the current Faculty & Staff Arts, Crafts and Hobbies Show in the Patricia Scott Art Gallery in Bennett Hall at Ohio University-Chillicothe.

The reception, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the campus’ Cultural Committee, is free and open to the public. The exhibit continues through Jan. 28.

The exhibit showcases the works of various members of the Chillicothe Campus community and includes an impressive array of artistic and creative expressions such as painting, photography, woodworking, interactive book-making and literature.

“This show offers an opportunity for individuals across campus to display their work and share their talents with their colleagues. It is interesting to note the abilities that our co-workers possess and the hobbies they pursue outside of the workplace,” said staff member Beth Tilley, who coordinated the second annual event.