NEWARK, Ohio, October 12, 2016 – Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) is producing the highest-paid graduates among two-year colleges in the state. COTC is 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.
"We've always known that the return on investment at Central Ohio Technical College is phenomenal," said COTC President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D. "This ranking shows that our graduates go on to have high-paying, successful careers in technical fields that are growing. An associate degree can be life changing."
PayScale is a compensation data and software company that collects compensation and career data from individuals and uses the data to power compensation software for employers. The company has been publishing the College Salary Report since 2008. The report looks at how higher education impacts career outcomes.
The 2016-17 PayScale College Salary Report compares the salaries for workers with zero to five and 10 or more years of experience who graduated from a wide variety of schools, including public community colleges, private career colleges, for-profit schools, not-for-profit schools and colleges and universities that offer associate degrees in addition to bachelor's degree programs.
COTC offers 45 degrees and certificates. Students choose COTC to gain hands-on, applicable experience to begin working in a technical field or to transfer those credits toward a bachelor's degree program at many of Ohio's public colleges and universities. COTC has articulation agreements with 22 four-year institutions.
Some of COTC's programs with the highest paying, in-demand occupational outlook according to Ohio Means Jobs are nursing technology, radiologic science technology, diagnostic medical sonography technology, civil engineering technology, electrical engineering technology, manufacturing engineering technology, mechanical engineering technology, architectural computer aided drafting and civil computer aided drafting.
"The mission of Central Ohio Technical College is to meet the technical education and training needs of students and employers in the area," said Coe. "Our students are completing degrees that train them for in-demand jobs that compensate them well. I couldn't be more pleased with this ranking and how well our students are doing after graduation."
Central Ohio Technical College opened in 1971 and is celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2016. 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, 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.