NEWARK, Ohio, May 11, 2017 – The director of the Workforce Development Innovation Center (WDIC) and the Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) is being promoted to the vice president for workforce development, community affairs and extended campuses. Vicki Maple, M.Ed., will assume her new responsibilities on July 1.
"I am honored to accept this position," said Maple. "The extended campuses are vital to the economic development of the communities in which they are located. Similarly, they are vital to developing the workforce in our region and meeting the needs of business and industries. There is a synergy in these areas, and I look forward to using my experience and the relationships we have established with community leaders and students to further execute the mission of Central Ohio Technical College, which is to meet the technical education and training needs of students and employers in the area."
Maple graduated from Ashland University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Speech/Communication and Radio/Television Performance, Production and Programming, and also earned a Master's degree in Education: Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership Administration at Ashland University.
In her expanded role at COTC, Maple will provide strategic leadership to all of the extended campuses to ensure their financial viability and growth. She will continue to serve as the principal liaison between the institution and business and industry, as well as to the extended campus advisory boards and groups external to the college that are instrumental to the development of each of the college's service areas. Additionally, Maple will be responsible for community affairs that span the scope of outreach opportunities, special events and sponsorship, and public affairs. Maple will continue to direct and oversee the operations of the WDIC and LLI.
"With her new responsibilities, Vicki Maple will further explore how individuals can combine their work experience, non-credit training, and credit-eligible education to complete certificate and degree programs that meet the workforce needs of area employers in all of our campus communities," said COTC President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D. "I am thrilled to bring Vicki's leadership to this area and am excited about the possibilities for expanding our outreach into the communities we value and serve."
COTC was ranked number one in Ohio and number 19 in the nation by PayScale in its 2016-17 College Salary Report ranking the best community and career colleges by salary potential. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.