The Development Office

The Development Office

​​​​​​​​​Welcome to the Central Ohio Technical College Development Office web page.

The Development Office seeks to advance the mission, vision, goals and objectives of Central Ohio Technical College. Specifically, we coordinate, manage and implement fundraising efforts from public and private sources to make scholarships available and advance key programmatic initiatives; work with the campus community to determine institutional fundraising goals; and develop partnerships with community stakeholders to implement state-of-the-art programming that will meet the workforce needs of central Ohio.

Our donors have a tremendous impact on the quality of our programs, teaching and facilities. The campus has a history of community and alumni support, which has been a great factor in its growth and development.

Our students are our greatest asset, and your gifts enable the campus to improve the quality of our student's experience, enriching their lives through education.​ Thank you for your present and/or future​ support.

A History of Giving​

  • In 1966, the Newark community embarked on a fundraising campaign to establish a permanent state-owned building for The Ohio State University's Newark branch that would make available both day and evening classes for local students. More than 7,000 Licking County contributors pledged funds in excess of $1 million, far exceeding the local campaign goal of $625,000. Founders Hall was constructed as the first building on the Newark campus, and Central Ohio Technical College joined the campus as a co-located partner in 1971.

  • In the early 1980s, several Newark community members spearheaded a $2.5 million fundraising drive and founded the Newark Campus Development Fund (NCDF), a permanent, locally-controlled endowment to support COTC and Ohio State Newark. Because of extraordinarily generous donors, NCDF has been able to award millions of dollars in scholarships, grants, technology upgrades, and capital improvements to both COTC and Ohio State Newark.

  • In the late 1990s, more than $10 million was raised as part of the "Our Campus for Tomorrow Campaign" to fund a new technology center on the Newark campus. The John Gilbert Reese Center opened in 2003 and today stands as one of the most technologically advanced teaching and learning facilities in the region.

  • In 2010, J. Gilbert and Louella H. Reese established the first international cultural exchange program for COTC, giving students the opportunity to directly experience Italian life, language, and culture during a biannual trip to Reggello, Italy. Through the Reeses' generosity, the Italian Immersion Program allows for alternating exchanges of COTC students traveling to Italy and Italian students travelling to Licking County.
  • Also in 2010, Mr. and Mrs. Reese called the Newark and surrounding communities to action with a $10 million "Next Generation Challenge" to support the growth of endowed scholarships for students attending COTC and Ohio State Newark. The campaign achieved profound success through a tremendous outpouring of community generosity, surpassing the $20 million goal by nearly $1 million and making it the most successful fundraising effort in the history of the Newark campus.
  • In 2018, COTC created The 1971 Legacy Society to recognize alumni, faculty, staff, retirees and other friends who have named the college as the beneficiary of a planned gift. Through charitable bequests, retirement plan assets, and life insurance policies, planned giving donors have the opportunity to impact the colleges for generations to come and establish a legacy that will last an eternity. 

Kim Manno, J.D., CFRE | Director of Development
manno.18@cotc.edu | (740) 366-9135 direct line | (740) 366-9242 fax​

Melanie Bolender | Assistant Director of Development
bolender.16@cotc.edu​ | (740) 755-7140 direct line | (740) 366-9242 fax

Laura Walsh | Development Office Associate
walsh.276@cotc.edu​ | (740) 364-9514 direct line | (740) 366-9242 fax​

1179 University Drive | John Gilbert Reese Center, 105 | Newark, OH 43055

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