Veterans and Military Students

Veterans and Military Students

Central Ohio Technical College thanks you for your service to our country.

As you begin to consider your educational options, we would like to give you some insight into our admissions requirements and benefits available to you. We’re dedicated to providing a quality educational experience that will prepare you to enter a  rewarding career. 

How do I start?

Get started on the path to your future now by viewing our Quick Start Guide. The first step on the guide is to apply to Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) using our online application. Apply for FREE at cotc.edu/apply . Then, contact COTC’s school certifying official, Misty Amacher, at 740.366.9459 or amacher.1@cotc.edu.

Applying for admission to Central Ohio Technical College is easy.  Apply for FREE at cotc.edu/apply .

Some of your military experience may be applied toward credit for a degree. To receive credit, you must submit transcripts for your branch of the military. To request your military transcript, visit https://jst.doded.mil/official.html.
​Additional Resources
Ohio Higher Ed: https://transfercredit.ohio.gov/pg_35?24994185360604
Transferology : https://www.transferology.com/
CLE https://clep.collegeboard.org/ High school and college transcripts: Can be requested by contacting the school you attended.
American Council on Education
Dantes Kuder​
In addition to Central Ohio Technical College scholarships , scholarships and grants exclusively for the military community are listed at www.military.com.
                File the FAFSA
Check your current GI Bill® Enrollment Status on eBenefits, www.ebenefits.va.gov or call 888.442.4551.
As an important part of the service you provided/are providing to the United States, you may be eligible to receive Veterans Educational Benefits. Complete the VA Agreement Form, the VA Enrollment Report, VA ITP, and the appropriate VA Application Form and return them with a copy of your DD214 or Notice of Basic Eligibility to COTC’s school certifying official, Misty Amacher: amacher.1@cotc.edu, 740.366.9459 or walk-ins Mondays from 1 - 5 p .m.  See the FORMS drop down menu below for links to these forms.
Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program DEA (chapter 35): DEA provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service related condition. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs.
David L. Wirt, M.Ed., LPCC-S, Licensded Professional Clinical Counselor
Counseling Services, COTC


Connie Zang, Director
Student Life-Disability Services, COTC


Veteran’s Administration Newark Community Based Outpatient (Clinic)
1855 W Main St, Newark, OH 43055
Phone: 740.788.8329, Toll Free 888.615.9448 ext. 5900, Fax: 614.257.5903

Licking County Veterans Service Commision
935 Buckeye Avenue, Newark, Ohio 43055
Phone: 740.670.5430, Fax: 740.670.5434
Coshocton County Veterans Service Commission
318 Main St., Coshocton, OH 43812
Phone: 740.622.2313  Fax: 740.623.6507
Knox County Veterans Service Office
411 Pittsburgh Avenue, Mount Vernon, OH 43050
Phone: 740.393.6742, Fax: 740.393.6741
Ohio Dept. of Veterans Services

Ohio Veterans Bonus
Ohio National Guard
What the Forever GI Bill® Means for Guardsmen and Reservists 
US Dept of Veterans Affairs

For question concerning your Education benefits call 1-888-GIBILL1

Free 24-Hour Veterans Crisis Line
1-800-273-TALK (8255), press 1
Should a student enrolled at COTC be called to active service duty, he/she should report such immediately to the COTC Gateway. The Gateway will back the student out of the classes he/she is registered for and refund the student’s fees 100 percent (working in conjunction with Financial Aid if appropriate). Questions regarding this policy may be directed to the Gateway.
The Office of Career Development and Experiential Learning Services is available to assist students and alumni with individualized career planning and job search strategies. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the office at 740.366.9453 or email Derek Thatcher , Manager of Career Development at thatcher.42@cotc.edu . Learn more: cotc.edu/Life/Pages/Career-Development.aspx.
Central Ohio Technical College is committed to building and maintaining a diverse community to reflect human diversity, and to improve opportunities for all. The college is committed to equal opportunity and eliminating discrimination. This commitment is both a moral imperative consistent with an intellectual community that celebrates individual differences and diversity, as well as matter of law. Central Ohio Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status,
military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any other basis under the law, in its activities, programs, admission and employment. General information, questions, concerns or complaints related to these matters areto be directed to the Title IX Coordinator Holly Mason, Warner Center, Suite 236, Ohio State Newark/COTC, 1179 University Drive, Newark, Ohio 43055-1797 (740.364.9578) or ADA/504 Coordinator Connie Zang at the same location.

Veterans, Military & Dependent Students  Contacts: 

Charlene Ross, Academic Advisor
Misty Amacher, Certifying Official, Office of Financial Aid

Connie Zang, Veterans Affairs Coordinator, Office of Student Life

GATEWAY Phone Numbers 
Newark Campus 740.366.9222 or 800.963.9275
Coshocton Campus 740.622.1408
Knox Campus         740.392.2526
Pataskala Campus 740.755.7090

George Clark, pictured at left, was a combat medic in the U.S. Army from 2008 to 2014. He was stationed in Italy with two deployments to Afghanistan where he received two combat medic badges. Once his service was complete, George was left with a void to fill. That's when he discovered COTC.​ Read more.​