College ASPIRE

College ASPIRE

​​ CollegeASPIRE summer workshops offer community youth the o​pportunity to choose from different faculty-led, hands-on workshops designed to provide participants with technology-based, engaging activities on a college campus! The purpose of CollegeASPIRE is to demonstrate to both students and their families that college is accessible in their community and possible regardless of their circumstances.

​One student in each workshop who demonstrates a passion for learning, an eagerness to engage in the subject matter and enthusiasm for furthering his or her education will be selected as the Shooting Star and will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Central Ohio Technical College. In order to receive this institutional scholarship, students must enroll at least six credit hours per semester at COTC. Some institutional scholarships require full-time enrollment and are identified in the scholarship offer letter upon enrollment.

​​Free Transporation is available within 15 miles of workshops located at the Knox, Coshocton and Pataskala Campus. Participants using the transportation option will be contacted by a staff member of Petermann LLC the week prior to the beginning of workshops to make you aware of your pick-up and drop-off time. 


Brace Yourself!

Newark Campus | Ages 14-18

Learn what it takes to make buildings and bridges strong. Using fun software and everyday materials, this workshop will test your skills to the breaking point as we design and test bridges and structures. Brace yourself in the ultimate ”bridge masher” showdown at the Open House. 

Crimes & Clues

Newark & Pataskala Campuses | Ages 11-14 & 14-18

Test your investigative skills in this forensics science workshop where you will figure out who done it. Learn how to process the crime scene, create impression casting, fingerprint and much more! 

Culinary Science

Newark Campus | Ages 10-14 & 14-18

Learn what it is like to become a chef for a week and discover the foodie in you through this hands-on creative cooking workshop. Share your culinary creations with your family at the Open House!​ 
​​Embrace Your Selfie!

Coshocton Campus | Ages 14-18

Kick start your career and embrace your entrepreneurial spirit by creating a plan that showcases your skills, strengths, and self-awareness. Imagination is the key to innovation as you plan a future business, while finding inspiration from entrepreneurs just like you!

Frozen Motion

Knox Campus | Ages 11-14

Create your own warrior, warbird, wizard, mermaid or kindly beast as you learn how to transform ideas from sketch to a final pencil drawing for your portfolio! 

Go Green!

Knox Campus | Ages 14-18

Learn how to make electrical and solar circuits, increase voltage and current and how to use solar power to produce energy for a radio, calculator, battery charger, and much more in this engineering workshop. 


Newark Campus | Ages 11-14

Race to the finish line in this mechanical engineering workshop where you will build your own car and compete for 1st place at the CollegeASPIRE Open House!​ 

Medical Madness

Knox Campus | Ages 14-18

Take a glimpse into the life of a first responder as you learn what to do if you are the first person on the scene through this hands-on workshop where you will earn your First Aid and CPR Certifications.​​ 


Coshocton & Pataska​​la Campuses | Ages 11-14 & 14-18

Express your artistic side by taking photos and exploring Photoshop to apply special effects like the pros. 

Thank you to our CollegeASPIRE sponsors! 


onehundredplus - Women of Licking County

​Montgomery Foundation

The Carl D. Perkins Act of 2006​​


Contact CollegeASPIRE Program Coordinator, Angelique Webster.​ or 740.755.7632​

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