As I announced earlier this year, I will retire from the presidency of Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) effective January 1, 2019, after 18 years with the college (15 as president). It has been my great privilege to serve the college, and I am confident of COTC's promising future.
COTC has grown to become a recognized leader in providing quality programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. New technologies are arising with ever-increasing rapidity, and central Ohio is at the nexus of emerging global markets. COTC, with its long-standing commitment to technical education and workforce development, is ideally poised for these new opportunities.
Student success is at our core, and COTC is committed to maintaining affordability and providing education to all those who seek it, recognizing their diversity and needs.
This past summer, COTC began offering short-term certificate programs leading to immediate employment in fields such as phlebotomy, electrocardiography and addiction studies. These certificates can be completed in one or two semesters, allowing graduates to quickly get into the job market in high-demand fields. In addition, several new associate degree options are being planned for autumn 2019 which will provide even more opportunities for local access to sought-after careers.
COTC also enjoys a thriving College Credit Plus program that enables middle and high school students to earn college credit during high school. This autumn COTC enrolled 1,285 College Credit Plus students at our four campuses and in local high schools.
Our Workforce Development Innovation Center (WDIC) continues to develop programs and courses to provide innovative solutions to specific business and industry challenges.
Further, through strategic planning and management, the college has eliminated all debt and remains debt free. From this position of strength, the college is well positioned for the future.
In January 2019, John Berry, Ph.D., will assume the presidency of COTC and help lead this exceptional college into that future. Dr. Berry served as the director of student life at COTC and dean of students at Ohio State Newark from 2000 to 2014, so he returns to us with an intimate understanding and commitment to COTC's mission, to our students and to COTC's importance to the community.
I also want to take this opportunity to express my deepest appreciation to all of COTC's supporters in the community for your enduring commitment to COTC during my tenure at the college. Further, the success that COTC enjoys is the direct product of the dedicated efforts of faculty, staff, trustees and other friends of the college with whom I have been very fortunate to serve. From our dedicated board and senior leadership team, to each faculty and staff member across all four of our campuses, I am deeply grateful for your outstanding efforts. You have created at COTC a culture grounded in planfulness and high achievement.
As I look forward, I see abundant opportunities for COTC to continue changing lives by offering access to education to all those who seek it.
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The “Legends of Loyalty” award was established by the Office of the President to identify and recognize the recipients' dedication and commitment to the college. It spotlights individuals who have, over the years, made a significant impact on the history of the college, and have gone above and beyond their required duties and proven unselfish allegiance.
The 2018 Legends of Loyalty recipients are:
L to R: Richard Corbett (posthumously-pictured is wife, Judy Corbett), John Hinderer, Dave Mettler, Cheryl Snyder, Sarah Wallace and Karen Buchwald Wright pictured with COTC President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D.
The 2017 Legends of Loyalty recipients are:
Ken Ollish, Sandra Siegrist, Whit Tussing and Lisa Smith
The 2016 Legends of Loyalty recipients are:
John Alford (posthumously), Scott Wilson, Barry Riley and Steve Riley
Pictured (l-r): Mike Cantlin, Stephanie Cantlin Athen, Barb Cantlin, Ron Alford (all family of John Alford), Dr. Bonnie L. Coe, president of COTC, Scott Wilson, Barry Riley and Steve Riley
The 2015 Legends of Loyalty Award recipients are:
Pictured (l-r): Joan (Jodie) Robinson, Robert (Robby) Robinson and Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D., president of COTC.
The 2014 Legends of Loyalty Award recipients are:
Calvin E. Roebuck (posthumously)
Pictured (l-r): Jim Roebuck, Lydia Roebuck, (son and wife of Calvin Roebuck), Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D., president of COTC, Carolyn Simpson and Art Ghiloni