NEWARK, Ohio, September 15, 2016 – Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) is a family affair for three area women. 27-year-old Anna Wollenburg of Buckeye Lake; her sister, 31-year-old Nancy Bullock of Bladensburg; and their mother, 56-year-old Nora Bullock of St. Louisville, are all proud COTC graduates.
"It's such an affordable option for college and a great education," said Nancy. "COTC helps the overall economy in Licking County by giving people the skills and knowledge to get better jobs or start their own business."
Nancy was the first in the family to attend COTC. She graduated in 2008 with a business management technology degree. Nancy is currently a claims adjuster for State Farm Insurance and is working on her master's degree.
Photo (l to r): Nancy Bullock, Anna Wollenburg and Nora Bullock
"I chose COTC because of its location, the convenient class times and instructors who were flexible and tolerant of students who worked full time like I did," said Nancy. "I recommend COTC to everyone I meet and relay all of my positive learning experiences that have helped me get a great job and feel confident in continuing my education even further."
Nancy's recommendation made the decision to attend COTC an easy one for Anna. When Anna saw how COTC changed Nancy's life, she wanted to have the same experience.
"My sister encouraged me to take courses there to continue my education just the way she had," said Anna. "COTC offered online and evening classes. Without those being offered, I would not have been able to continue my education and get to where I am today."
Anna graduated with a degree in accounting technology in June of 2012. She is now the finance manager at the Licking County Health Department.
"COTC is an essential building block to maintaining a well-educated and well-rounded community," said Anna. "It will allow Licking County to maintain a competitive work environment."
Nora, Nancy and Anna's mother, was a little bit tougher to sell on the benefits of going back to school at COTC. However, the sisters didn't give up and convinced their mom to give college a try.
"I was very skeptical in the beginning. Computers, keyboards and the mouse replaced everything I was taught in business office courses in high school. But, I did it," said Nora. "If you've been entertaining the idea of going back to school, even if it's been a while, just do it."
Nora graduated with a business management technology degree in 2013. She's now an office administrator with Remedy Intelligent Staffing.
"I'm proud of all three of us," said Anna. "I believe that working on yourself and your education is essential to being competitive in today's work place. COTC helped all three of us further our careers."
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.