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COTC EMS Program Director to Present at OATYC Annual Conference

NEWARK, Ohio, October 6, 2016 – Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program Director Bryan Spangler will be presenting at the 2016 Ohio Association of Two Year Colleges (OATYC) annual conference at Rhodes State College in Lima on Oct. 14. His presentation is titled Learning by Doing.

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"The presentation will discuss methods to engage students in active learning, particularly how they can take the lead in the classroom or lab, and learning by doing while teaching their fellow students," said Spangler. "Some examples include: student teaching, leading group discussions and hands-on scenarios with a student leader. My presentation will include classroom examples from the paramedic program as well as feedback from students."

COTC offers an Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services Technology that is comprised of emergency medical technician and paramedic certificates as well as selected general education classes. Credit is available for currently certified paramedics. COTC also offers two paths toward certification exams: Emergency Medical Technician Certificate and Paramedic Certificate.

Spangler has been a full-time faculty member at COTC for six years. Spangler has 13 years of experience in EMS as a volunteer EMT, volunteer EMS chief, advanced EMT, paramedic, training officer and educator with various agencies. Prior to coming to COTC, Spangler was an outreach coordinator with MedFlight.  Spangler is presently completing the final year of his Doctor of Health Science studies at A.T. Still University.

The theme for this year's OATYC conference is "Creating in the Classroom." Conference participants will hear from presenters who are using creativity and active learning to transform the classroom experience from dull to stimulating.  

Spangler isn't the only faculty member from COTC presenting at the conference. Associate Professor of Business Management Technology Bonnie Buchanan will make a presentation titled Using Competition to Reinforce and Enhance Learning.

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.