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Celebrate Lifelong Learning Gala to be held Friday

Central Ohio’s senior population, ages 55 and over, are invited to attend the Celebrate Lifelong Learning Gala on Friday, August 19, at the COTC Pataskala Campus. The event is both a celebration of and an introduction to the opportunity available through the Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC).

The LLI offers a year-round menu of programs, as well as lectures, book discussions, field trips, a film-study series, and workshops covering a variety of topics, ranging from history, arts, science, spirituality, and literature, to philosophy, languages, technology, economics, and local, national, and world affairs. It is a peer-led and membership-driven organization, offering an average of 18-20 programmatic options per semester. It is managed by the Workforce Development Innovation Center (WDIC)​ at COTC.

“The event will include entertainment, remarks from our college president, refreshments, an historical presentation, door-prizes, and most of all, fellowship and fun,” explained WDIC Director Vicki Maple. “Plus, guests will learn more about the exciting opportunities available through the LLI​.”

“As an institution, we are proud to be celebrating not only our 45th anniversary, but also the 5th year of our alliance between the LLI and COTC through which we share a passion for continual learning and solidarity,” said COTC President, Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D. “Through the LLI, we strive to provide a creative educational environment, rich with interesting topics supported by originality and new ideas. It’s a remarkable educational institution, where we genuinely care about the pursuit of personal development and growth at all ages and stages of life.”

The Celebrate Lifelong Learning Gala begins at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 19. The address for the COTC Pataskala Campus is 8660 E. Broad St., Reynoldsburg, OH. All participants will receive a free catalog and gift. RSVP to Vicki Maple, phone 740.364.9565, or email VMaple@COTC.edu

“At the LLI, we believe you should never stop learning because life never stops teaching,” Maple concluded. “We encourage all seniors to explore all that we have to offer and to consider joining us during this commemorative year as we celebrate five amazing years in partnership with COTC.”

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.