NEWARK, Ohio, April 7, 2016 – Brittany Misner knows the impact Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) has on this region, as both a student and a business professional. As the new membership and affiliate director at the Licking County Chamber of Commerce, Misner works with businesses who are coming into the county because COTC is supplying graduates with the technical training to meet their workforce needs.
"COTC is a huge part of how Licking County and central Ohio will continue to grow," said Misner. "It has a big campus feel and provides a quality education. COTC's involvement in developing a trained workforce in Licking County provides the county with growth potential. The college is a big part of our ability to grow."
As a 2012 Business Management Technology graduate, Misner knows how important it is for local students to be able to get the education and training needed to fill those positions close to home.
"I grew up in Hebron, and I wanted to stay close to my family," said Misner. "COTC allowed me maintain a full-time job near my family while receiving the college education I needed to further my career."
Misner got married and had a child while she was at COTC. She said the faculty was very supportive of her family and work commitments, and she could not be more proud of where she got her degree.
"I was able to support my family by working full-time, go to school and develop the skills I needed to advance professionally," said Misner. "It lead me to where I am now. The Licking County Chamber of Commerce is the perfect place for me to use my education and my work experience to help my community."
Before joining the chamber, Misner was the human resources and safety manager at Tencate Advanced Armor. Prior to that, she was the vice president of Ohio for iforce Staffing Services.
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.