Having originally been established back in 1886, the Ohio Valley College of Technology currently offers a variety of Associate of Applied Business degrees for people looking to jump-start their education and their careers. The school is located in the Ohio community of East Liverpool (close to the borders of West Virginia and Pennsylvania). It is privately owned and is operated for-profit, with degree programs taking up to but no longer than two years to complete. Its primary areas of focus are business, health care and information technology.
The Ohio Valley College of Technology is fully accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools; additional accreditation is granted by the Allied Health Education Programs’ Commission on Accreditation for certain programs. The academic offering is broken down into six different Training Programs, each resulting in an Associate of Applied Business degree. They are: Accounting & Business Technology, Medical Assisting, Computer Technology, Dental Assisting, Health Information Technology, and Computer Technology with a Technical Emphasis.
In all cases, the academic experience at Ohio Valley College of Technology is defined by access to state of the art equipment inside and outside the laboratory setting and classes being led by professors that are recognized leaders in their subject matter. This is coupled with the fact that there is a very preferential student-to-teacher ratio at Ohio Valley College of Technology, guaranteeing a dynamic academic development that is further backed up by the support services offered to students at all stages of their program. Graduates of Ohio Valley College of Technology can at any time receive free-of-charge brush-up training for their chosen career field, meaning that graduates have the comfort of knowing their skills set won’t become obsolete.
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The Ohio Valley College of Technology maintains an open admissions policy whereby all qualified candidates are given the opportunity to enroll, as long as the enrollment levels have not already maxed out. There are three essential requirements for being fully considered for admission to Ohio Valley College of Technology. First, the applicant must prove that they have graduated from high school or received an equivalent diploma (a GED); second, the applicant must visit the school campus and conduct a tour with one of the admissions staff members, at which point more can be learnt about the student’s goals and how they match up with the program offerings at Ohio Valley College of Technology; and third, the applicant must arrange for a tuition planning interview with a school administrator.
Applications for admissions—which are available online—are accepted by Ohio Valley College of Technology on a rolling basis throughout the year, so timing is not quite as much of a big deal as it is with other schools. All the same, an early start is better especially with regards to applying for financial aid, which takes time to process.
Financial aid opportunities are available for qualifying students at Ohio Valley College of Technology, and almost all aid is disbursed on the basis of need and/or academic merit. To be considered for financial aid a student must submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid sufficiently ahead of time, and indeed (as mentioned above) it is recommended that such forms be submitted during the application process itself.
The tuition planning interview which is also described above is used to help create a plausible financial aid scenario for the student, allowing them to get a clear picture of how much financial burden they or their family will have to bear alone and how much will be covered by federal, state, local or institutional aid.
Ohio Valley College of Technology is a participating institution in the Federal Title IV financial assistance programs, and therefore all common federal aid forms are available, such as Federal Pell Grants, Federal Stafford Loans, etc.
The Ohio Valley College of Technology campus is a commuter campus given the absence of any student housing facilities, yet to compensate this fact the school is very flexible and willing to accommodate students’ varying schedules through evening/weekend classes and some online learning opportunities. The school’s student body is overwhelmingly female (at nearly 90%, above the national average for such schools), and 100% of the students are enrolled on a full-time basis. More than 80% of students are in-state (i.e., Ohio residents), with West Virginia and Pennsylvania students accounting for the rest of the student body which doesn’t exceed 140 people in most years.
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