NEWARK, Ohio, May 1, 2017 – Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) is coming up, and Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) is celebrating the success of graduates from one of its public services programs. According to data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, 78 percent of COTC early childhood education technology graduates were found employed in Ohio nine months after graduation. That figure exceeds the overall Ohio two-year sector rate by eight percent for employment nine months after graduation.
"Our graduates are using the skills and training they learned at COTC to get into the workforce," said Program Director Diana Reece. "Employers know our graduates are ready and prepared to do a fantastic job."
PSRW is organized annually by the Public Employees Roundtable (PER) and its member organizations to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees. It will be celebrated May 7 – 13.
COTC's early childhood education technology associate degree program prepares students for careers working directly with children, birth through school age, or in programs for families and children. Through hands-on education and practicum experience, students learn to design, implement and evaluate teaching and learning situations that promote positive best-practices for all young children. Graduates can apply for Pre-K Associate Licensure or recertification through the Ohio Department of Education, acquire a preschool teaching position or transfer to a four-year institution. The early childhood education technology program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children Associate Degree Early Childhood Programs.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of preschool teachers is projected to grow seven percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth is expected due to a continued focus on the importance of early childhood education.
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.