NEWARK, Ohio, Dec. 12, 2017 — Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) welcomed 14 new members to the Alpha Theta Zeta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society during an induction ceremony on Nov. 14, 2017. Students must have completed 12 credit hours of coursework in an associate degree program with a grade point average of at least 3.5 to be eligible for membership.
The new members, grouped by hometown, include:*
Blacklick: Victorine Ndematebem
Buckeye Lake: Alexandra Keller
Coshocton: Angela Emler
Delaware: Rachel Collins
Glenford: Taylor Saunier
Heath: Andrea Riffle
Johnstown: Hannah Meadows
Newark: Jessica Davenport
Pataskala: Haley Clyburn and Wendy Olinski
Pickerington: Natalia Notario
Zanesville: Tayler Graves
*Only students who have granted COTC permission to release their names to the public are listed.
Tonia Osborn, a recent COTC graduate and PTK member, spoke to the inductees. Osborn explained that, following the advice of her father to explore life and learn from it, she began traveling the world at age 14. Since then she has climbed mountains, scaled buildings, crossed the desert on camelback and swam with sharks. She served in the military, became a mother and then a grandmother, and survived stage three breast cancer.
"Through all of that I never hesitated; I was never afraid," she said. "I was always fighting for someone else: my family. But when my director, Vicki Maple, who is also a dear friend suggested I go back to school, I was in total fear because it meant believing in myself."
It wasn't until she received her invitation for membership in PTK that Osborn recognized the incredible feats she had accomplished and was able to give back. PTK recognized the hero within herself even when she did not, Osborn described. She used her platform to convey that same acknowledgment to each inductee.
"As I look around this room at all of you, I see nothing but heroes."
PTK is the international honor society for two-year colleges. It is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, plus Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually.
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.