NEWARK, Ohio, November 19, 2015 — Thirty years from now the Coshocton campus of Central Ohio Technical College could look dramatically different according to a new master plan unveiled by college administrators last night (November 18). The Coshocton Campus Master Plan has been in development for about a year. The plan maps out a long-term development strategy for the campus and its connection to the Coshocton community.
The Coshocton campus was COTC’s first extended campus and is located in historic Roscoe Village. Roscoe Village was once a bustling port along the Ohio and Erie Canal. Now it is a top Ohio tourist destination and one of the region's most beautiful areas to visit. The college is currently housed in the renovated Montgomery Hall which provides area students with one location for all classes and services.
“This new ‘road map’ allows the institution to make informed decisions regarding future transformations to the campus,” said COTC Superintendent of Facilities and Support Services Brian Boehmer. “The plan takes into account several potential development opportunities – from adding on to Montgomery Hall to the construction of possible future facilities both on and beyond campus-owned property. Montgomery Hall was designed to accommodate a maximum student enrollment of 1000 students. Anything beyond this number will require additional space. The master plan however, is not just limited to academic space. Under the right scenario(s), COTC could also look to develop non-academic and/or support facilities. “
In addition to building plans and land acquisition, the multi-decade framework plan examines development needs for parking, traffic flow, walkways, green spaces and building connections. The plan was put together by COTC President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D. and several members of her executive team, as well as representatives from The Roscoe Village Foundation, The City of Coshocton and the Ohio Department of Transportation. The plan was developed with the need to respect and build upon Coshocton’s heritage, values and aesthetic while strengthening an institution of higher education that keeps the betterment of students, faculty, staff and the Coshocton community in mind.
“Coshocton was the first COTC extended campus. There is a tremendous amount of community support for the college evidenced by the capital campaign that was conducted to renovate Montgomery Hall,” said Boehmer. “This community ownership and support is vital to a successful campus going forward as well. The college gives back to the community by not only meeting its mission of serving the training needs of students and employers, but also as an economic catalyst and partner in economic development in the community.”
The final draft plan was unveiled during a formal presentation in Montgomery Hall. An open house was held after the presentation for community members to tour the current facility, ask questions and provide input.
Central Ohio Technical College 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.