Gateway Admissions Staff

Gateway Admissions Staff

Name: Kensey Balzer

Title: Admissions Representative

Location: Newark Campus

Email: balzer.24@cotc.edu

Phone Number: 740-755-7664

Educational Background:

Master of Science in Human Resource Management, Franklin University, 2017

Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies, Ohio University, 2015

Why I enjoy working in recruiting and admissions for COTC:

My passion is and has always been people. I love helping people and I enjoy watching individuals pursue and achieve their dreams.  College can be an intimidating next step for some students and I want to help alleviate some of their anxiety in transitioning to college life and make attending COTC an exciting experience. My college years were truly some of the best years of my life and I want to help others experience the same kind of journey here at COTC.

One of my favorite COTC moments:

Since starting my career at COTC, I have experienced so many special moments, but one of my favorite moments was College Aspire.  College Aspire provides an opportunity for children and teenagers of different ages to be college students for a week.  The participants in this event were so much fun to work with and seeing each of them getting out of their comfort zone and trying new things was awesome. It was such a rewarding feeling when I heard some of the participants say, "I can't wait to come to COTC someday for college." 

I hope that many of the students that attended College Aspire will one day enroll at COTC and say one of their deciding factors was the week they spent with us.

 

 

Name: Melanie Garrabrant

Title: Manager of Admissions

Location: All COTC campus locations

Email: garrabrant.34@cotc.edu

Phone Number: 740-755-7109

Educational Background:

Master of Arts, English: Rhetoric and Writing, University of Findlay, anticipated 2018

Bachelor of Arts, English, Capital University, 2016

Why I enjoy working in recruiting and admissions for COTC:

As an advocate of education, I love connecting with prospective students who want to continue learning! I especially enjoy helping students differentiate offerings, learning about programs, and encouraging them to build a career at any stage of life. It's amazing to see students light up when they gain new knowledge!

One of my favorite COTC moments:  

One of my favorite opportunities is being privileged to work with students who transfer to COTC after their experience at another school wasn't quite the right fit, or after having taken time off from college, deciding to return. So many students share they appreciate COTC's smaller campuses, personal attention and care! It's heart-warming to engage with students who seek learning, and challenge themselves to grow. It's fantastic when students are as proud to be a part of the COTC family, as I am!  

 

 

Name: Ashley Hughes

Title: Admissions Representative

Location: Pataskala Campus

Email: hughes.1822@cotc.edu

Phone Number: 740-755-7090

Educational Background:

Master of Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies – International Relations emphasis, The University of Oklahoma, 2012

Master of Library & Information Science, Kent State University, 2007

Bachelor of Arts, History, Mount Union University, 2005

Why I enjoy working in recruiting and admissions for COTC:

I have always considered myself to be a lifelong learner and huge proponent of higher education. I love helping people establish and attain their personal, educational, and career goals. There are so many amazing opportunities for students here at COTC!

One of my favorite COTC moments:  

One of my favorite moments so far has been attending orientation for our College Credit Plus high school students. They inspire me with how motivated and excited they are to get a head start on their college career. Many of them will be ready to take on the world when they graduate with not only a high school diploma, but also a two-year associate's degree.


 

Name: Nicole Thompson

Title: Admissions Representative

Location: Knox Campus

Email: nthompso@cotc.edu

Phone Number: 740-755-7668

Educational Background:

Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice Administration, Franklin University, 2017

Associate of Applied Business, Business Management Technology, Central Ohio Technical College, 2012

Why I enjoy working in recruiting and admissions for COTC:

Working in admissions allows me to talk to prospective students about a career they are passionate about. It is fun to see students become excited about how much hands-on learning is at COTC, helping them really connect with a real-world job!

One of my favorite COTC moments:

In 2012, I was chosen, as a COTC student, to participate in the Cultural Immersion Program and travel to Reggello, Italy – the Tuscany region – with 14 other students for two weeks at no cost! This program let me see in person what I thought I would only be able to see on TV or in the movies. Having the opportunity to travel internationally and experience culture, language, art, music, and great food, was a life-changing experience; one that's hard to explain! I highly encourage all students to travel and love to hear stories from other students about their international travel through the Cultural Immersion Program at COTC!


 

Name:   Toni Trowbridge

Title:   Admissions Representative

Location:  Coshocton Campus

Email:  trowbridge.35@cotc.edu

Phone Number:  740-622-1408

Educational Background:  

Bachelors in Applied Psychology, Franklin University (in progress)

Associates in Human Services, COTC 

Why I enjoy working in recruiting and admissions for COTC:  

I enjoy helping individuals realize their dreams and encouraging them through the process.  It is rewarding to see the light in our students eyes when they succeed.

One of my favorite COTC moments:  

Running into a student at their high school after they had visited our campus and seeing the excitement they had about attending college in the near future; a dream they had not envisioned prior to visiting COTC.




 

 


 

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