NEWARK, Ohio, September 19, 2016 – As part of the celebration of Central Ohio Technical College's (COTC) 45th anniversary, the college is the corporate sponsor for this year's United Way campaign in Knox County. Last week was the kickoff for the campaign, and COTC employees attended a number of events helping to generate excitement about the year's fundraising activities as well as United Way's outreach into the local community.
"We are so pleased to be the corporate sponsor for this year's United Way campaign in Knox County," said Vice President for Extended Campuses and The Gateway Teri Holder. "The campaign launch last week gave our employees an opportunity to participate in really meaningful ways in the community, and we are looking forward to be involved throughout the campaign."
COTC staff attended several events throughout the week. On Wednesday, a local food truck was parked near COTC's Ariel Hall in downtown Mount Vernon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors could grab lunch and sign up for a chance to win a two-year lease on a 2017 Ford Escape from Donley Auto Group by donating $10 to the United Way 2016 campaign. On Thursday, COTC employees volunteered with United Way to serve hot meals at the Salvation Army, and COTC President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D., was a featured speaker at the Kickoff Breakfast on Friday.
"Our extended campus in Knox County provides access to COTC and its career programs to those who may not be able to travel to Newark to take classes," said Holder. "This community is very important to us, and being the corporate sponsor of this year's United Way campaign is a wonderful way to mark our 45th anniversary."
Central Ohio Technical College opened in 1971 and is celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2016. 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, as well as encouraging the professional development of students, staff, faculty and administrators to assist them in achieving their maximum potential. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.