Expansion of In-Demand Healthcare and IT Programs Will Create New Opportunities
NEWARK, Ohio, December 16, 2019 – Central Ohio Technical College's (COTC) Pataskala campus at 8660 E. Broad St. will undergo a $4.2 million renovation next year enabling the two-year college to expand academic offerings in the high-demand fields of nursing and information technology, among possible others. The renovated facility's increased capacity will allow more students convenient access to COTC's affordable associate degrees and certificates and help local employers fill demand for skilled workers. The college's exceptional combination of small class sizes, faculty mentoring, required internships and rigorous academics has proven to give its graduates the competitive edge in job searches. COTC graduates find tremendous employment success with 92% of graduates employed in their field of study within six months of graduation.*
The renovation, scheduled to begin in May 2020 after the completion of the spring 2020 semester, will utilize $3.2 million in state funding and $1 million of COTC reserve funds. During the renovation, COTC will relocate all classes and operations held at the Pataskala campus to its Pataskala Campus Annex (PCA) in the Pataskala City Administration building, 621 W. Broad St.
With the developing presence of nearby large-scale operations including Amazon, Facebook and Google, the COTC Pataskala campus is ideally situated to support this growing technology and industry corridor. Additionally, six of the top eight fastest-growing public school districts in central Ohio are located within 17 miles of the campus.
"The renovation of COTC's Pataskala campus will be a key economic driver for central Ohio and a tremendous benefit to students wanting affordable technical education leading quickly to in-demand jobs," said Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner. "I want to especially thank State Senator Jay Hottinger and State Representative Rick Carfagna, who both understood the critical importance of this project to central Ohio's citizens and were supportive since its inception."
Phase I of the project will include a complete renovation of 16,000 square feet of the building's interior, creating a new nursing and allied health skills lab, science and computer labs, classroom and academic support spaces, and the installation of new heating, ventilation, air conditioning and fire suppression systems. COTC tentatively anticipates resuming operations in the renovated facility during the summer of 2021.
The college is also exploring securing additional funding to support proposed Phases 2 and 3 of the project which would include the reconfiguration of existing offices, creation of a new front entrance, and completion of a 5,800 square foot addition to the existing structure. For information about investing in this exciting project and associated naming opportunities, contact Kim Manno, COTC director of advancement, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 740.366.9135.
"COTC changes lives for the better," said COTC President John M. Berry, PhD. "This renovation will provide countless more opportunities for COTC to help empower students to overcome challenges and create their own brilliant futures. Together we will make an impact that resonates far beyond this campus."
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.
*2017-18 COTC Graduate Survey
Caption 1: Students will soon be able to complete several in-demand programs, including nursing, at COTC's renovated Pataskala campus, enabling more central Ohioans to quickly move into high-demand careers.
Caption 2: Renovations at COTC's Pataskala campus will create a welcoming, inspiring and innovative educational destination for central Ohio residents to pursue careers.