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Staff members of Belmont College hold rally

A Belmont College rally was held near St. Clairsville on Thursday. There faculty supporters, union members, and students brought to light a pair of recent rankings.

A Belmont College rally was held near St. Clairsville on Thursday.

There faculty supporters, union members, and students brought to light a pair of recent rankings.

The rally was a celebration the college's accomplishments, while calling attention to low faculty pay.

Belmont college was recently voted No. 1 education outcomes in the state of Ohio for community colleges.

The rating was included in article published on wallethub.com on Aug. 21. Belmont also ranks 71 of 728 community colleges nationwide.

Despite the ratings, an NEA Higher Education Advocate survey of community college faculty pay ranked Belmont College the lowest in Ohio.

"I'm not the same person I am today before I went to Belmont College," student Kara Baker said.

She says it's the faculty that encouraged her to succeed.

"I've had classes where sometimes I didn’t understand what was going on and teachers are like, ‘we'll help you after class, we've got the success center, let’s work on extra worksheets.’ They go beyond just the class time,” Baker added.

The small group of supporters capped off the event with cheers and best wishes.

The Belmont College administration issued the following statement in response:

"Regardless of what path our faculty and their union advisers choose to take, the college takes great pride in remaining committed to reaching an agreement by negotiating in good faith and following the law. As a result of that commitment, we will not make any public comment at this time.”

Last summer, the faculty voted to form a union with the Ohio Federation of Teachers and is working to secure its first contract.

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