NEWARK, Ohio, June 13, 2017 – When 69-year-old David Baker heard that Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) was producing the highest-paid graduates among two-year colleges in the state, he wasn't surprised. Baker got started on the path toward a long, successful career at COTC. The college was recently 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.
"I started at COTC after serving in the Army during the early 1970s," said Baker. "I was working at the Newark Air Force Base and needed a degree to advance. Computer programming seemed to be the career of choice at the time."
Baker graduated from COTC in 1976 with an Associate of Applied Business in Computer Programming Technology and from Park College in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in Business Management. He was promoted and learned that his employer would now pay for his master's degree if he continued in school. Baker ended up with a master's degree in international logistics management.
"All three degrees opened up so many doors for me," said Baker. "I worked as a logistics management specialist at the Newark Air Force Base. I was later hired by Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as a quality engineering division supervisor. I came back to Newark as the deputy director for metrology, which was one of three ranking civilian positions there. I also served as the director of financial management in Newark."
Baker is retired now and lives in Heath.
"COTC was a critical piece of that whole process. I would not have gone back to finish a four year degree had it not been for COTC giving me something relatively quick that I could put in place immediately. I am a very proud graduate," said Baker. "I tell people if you want to get a good start on things, consider COTC. I know a lot of people who graduated from COTC, and I know a lot of people who teach there. The quality of the education that people get is first class. It is a good place to get started."
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.