NEWARK, Ohio, December 10, 2015 — On December 3, engineering technology (ET) students at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and engineering students at The Ohio State University at Newark attended an exclusive networking event with local employers.
About 60 students attended the event—the senior students were seeking internships or co-op positions, and the underclassmen focused on informational interviews to help them plan their studies—that was a collaboration between the Office of Career Development and Experiential Learning Services and Society of Engineering Technology (SET), the student organization for COTC and Ohio State Newark.
“The idea actually came from SET Vice President Angela Lake,” said Frank Green, SET’s president. Green is a current manufacturing ET major at COTC. He completed his associate degree in mechanical ET in the spring.
“The mechanical engineer and the manufacturing engineer don’t usually get along,” Green said. As a double major he hopes to change that relationship. “If you understand how to make something, it is easier to design it.”
A 2014 survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers shows that nearly 60% of students who participate in internships or co-ops receive job offers from those organizations.
Donald Barber is a third-year computer science and engineering major at Ohio State Newark who is seeking an internship. “There is a lot you can learn on the job that you can’t learn in class. I value that experience, and I think employers do too,” he said.
His assumption seemed to hold true for at least 15 employers from Licking, Coshocton, Knox and Franklin counties in attendance.
“I have three solid leads,” said Barber, “But, I was really impressed with Divelbiss Corporation. Their dedication to Internet security is impressive. That’s the career I’m interested in because so much of our personal information is online and at risk to cyber hacking.”
COTC offers associate degrees in ET, electrical trades technology and heavy equipment operation technology as well as a heavy equipment operator one-year certificate and civil computer-aided drafting (CAD) and architectural CAD certificates.
Students can choose from five ET majors: architectural ET, civil ET, electrical ET, mechanical ET and manufacturing ET.
At Ohio State Newark, students can start any of Ohio State’s 200 majors including 14 available in the College of Engineering. Ohio State Newark offers the Engineering Learning Community, a program for engineering and pre-engineering majors. It offers social and academic support for first-year students while also providing an opportunity to engage in career-focused experiential learning activities.
Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark have forged an outstanding array of educational opportunities for the central Ohio region and beyond. This partnership is viewed as a model for higher education in the state of Ohio. At COTC, students gain hands-on, applicable experience to begin working in the field or to transfer those credits toward a bachelor's degree program. Ohio State Newark offers the best of the Big Ten educational experience,