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Welcome! I am Dr. Bonnie L. Coe, President of Central Ohio Technical College.
COTC is an associate-degree granting institution, located on a shared campus with The Ohio State University regional campus in Newark, Ohio. We also operate two satellite campus locations … one campus is located in Coshocton county and another is located in Knox County. Both locations are within one hour of our campus.
COTC is celebrating 35 years of serving the education and training needs of central Ohio. The college was chartered by the Ohio Board of Regents in 1971, to help meet the state’s growing need for a technology-driven workforce through affordable, high quality education. It was initially established to serve Licking County, but in 1980 the Regents enlarged the college’s service area to include Knox and Coshocton counties. Today, we draw students from more than twelve surrounding counties.
In addition to our geographic expansion, over the years we have also added buildings to our Newark campus, our “home base” if you will, to accommodate the increasing enrollment. This spring, we will begin construction of the Warner Library and Student Center. This will be a state-of-the-art library and student center, a much needed resource for the entire campus and the community.
In 2003, Central Ohio Technical College was named Ohio’s fastest growing college. I am delighted that we have experienced such tremendous growth. In Autumn of 1971, one hundred and fourteen new students at Central Ohio Technical College helped to lay the groundwork for many more students to come. It was very exciting when, our headcount enrollment soared to three-thousand and fifty-one students in Autumn of 2005!
Currently, a COTC student may choose from thirty-seven associate degree and certificate programs in rapidly-growing career fields such as business, engineering, computer applications, health care and public service. Some of our highest-enrollment numbers are in the health care and business fields. In order to provide well-rounded educational opportunities for our students, we have formed partnerships with other institutions so that our graduates can transition toward a bachelor’s degree. We also partner with businesses and secondary schools to offer students of all ages, greater hands-on, practical experience.
I am always open to discuss the potential for partnerships or other collaborative opportunities. I have found that collaborative relationships often contribute to positive change that impacts student and graduate success. Central Ohio Technical College has established a reputation for graduate success, and we continually seek out new and innovative ways to achieve that success. Thank you so much for your interest in Central Ohio Technical College! I certainly would welcome your visit to our campus any time, and I look forward to the possibility of meeting with you in the future.