Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) is a state-assisted, post-secondary institution of higher education offering associate degree and certificate programs. COTC was chartered by the Ohio Board of Regents in 1971 and has been accredited by The Higher Learning Commission
(HLC) since 1975. COTC underwent a successful HLC site visit for re-accreditation in November 2018 and received recommendation for reaffirmation in 2019. The COTC service district includes Licking, Knox and Coshocton counties. About 52 percent of the students come from this district.
Mission: To meet the technical education and training needs of students and employers in the area.
Vision: Central Ohio Technical College will be recognized
as Ohio’s premier technical college focused on student success as well as for excellence
in workforce development and technical education.
COTC is the only technical college in Ohio with four, full-service campus
locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala campuses. Each campus has its own
Gateway for student services (admissions, advising and student records) as well
as tutoring, computer labs and library resources. Students may take general education
courses at each campus.
The Newark campus (1179 University Drive, Newark, OH) is COTC's first and largest campus. It is located about 40 miles east of Columbus. The 200-acre campus has 12 buildings, including seven academic buildings and three residence halls. Some of the amenities include the John L. and Christine Warner Library
that, as part of The Ohio State University library system and the OhioLINK
consortium, provides access to millions of books and other library materials.
The 10,000 square foot Adena Recreation Center includes a gymnasium and recently
renovated fitness facility that is free for students and alumni. Phone: 740.366.1351.
The Coshocton campus (200 N. Whitewoman St., Coshocton, OH) is located in historic Roscoe Village. Montgomery Hall opened in 2008; classes have been offered in Coshocton County since 1977. The renovation of Montgomery Hall, formerly the Inn at Roscoe Village, was carefully planned to preserve the building's historic integrity. Phone: 740.622.1408.
The Knox campus (236 S. Main St., Mount Vernon, OH) is located in downtown Mount Vernon. COTC has been offering classes in Mount Vernon since 1977, but opened Ariel Hall in 2012. The 35,000 square foot building is LEED certified. Phone: 740.392.2526.
The Pataskala campus (8660 E. Broad St., Reynoldsburg, OH) is located in western Licking County. Classes have been offered in Pataskala since 2015, but the campus moved to its current location on Broad Street and Taylor Road in 2010. Phone: 740.755.7090.
2019 Autumn Enrollment
Total students: 3,471
Average class size: 13
Average Age: 23
Diversity: 22% minority, 66% white, 12% unreported
Ohio counties represented: 35
World countries represented: 56
Course enrollment: 22% full time; 80% part time
COTC has more than 50 associate degree and certificate programs for those planning to start a career, pursue a brand-new career, prepare to continue their education at a four-year school, or even just follow a course of study for personal fulfillment. Students get hands-on training in state-of-the-art labs and facilities which prepare graduates for many of Ohio's in-demand, high-paying careers.
Types of degrees and certificates offered:
- Associate of Applied Business
- Associate of Applied Science
- Associate of Arts
- Associate of Science
- Associate of Technical Studies
- One-Year Certificate
- Short-Term Certificate
COTC's applied technology programs are organized within four academic areas:
- Business and Information Technology Careers
- Engineering Technology Careers
- Healthcare Careers
- Public Services and Safety Careers
Graduates of these programs may enter the workforce immediately; however, some choose to continue their education. COTC has articulation agreements for most technology programs with 25 four-year higher education institutions.
also offers an Associate of Arts and an
Associate of Science for students who wish to complete the first two years
of a bachelor’s degree and transfer to any public, four-year institution in
Ohio. COTC also has articulation agreements with many private universities.
Middle and high school students earn both high school credit and college credit at the same time with College Credit Plus (CCP) at COTC. Classes are offered at all COTC campuses and online and at select high schools. CCP is open to all public, private or home-schooled students in grades seven through 12 deemed college ready and is offered at no cost to students. More than 1,200 students take classes through CCP. And, eligible CCP students may receive up to $1000 per semester after high school graduation to continue their education at COTC with the CCP Scholarship.
Memberships and Accreditations
COTC is a member of the American Association for Higher Education, the American Association of Community Colleges, the American Council on Education, the American Technical Education Association, the Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges and the Ohio College Association.
Cost-Shared Agreement with The Ohio State University
The college shares the 200-acre Newark campus and some personnel and services with The Ohio State University at Newark. COTC and Ohio State Newark have separate governing boards of trustees, faculties and programs. Students share in social, sporting and cultural activities and are considered one student body.