NEWARK, Ohio, September 23, 2016 – Four associate degree engineering technology programs at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) have been internationally accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ETAC/ABET). The ETAC/ABET accredited programs are electrical engineering technology, architectural engineering technology, civil engineering technology and mechanical engineering technology. The announcement was made during a news conference this morning (Friday).
"The mission of Central Ohio Technical College is to meet the education and training needs of students and employers in the area," said COTC President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D. "Employers in our region said they needed a highly-skilled, technically-trained workforce in the area of engineering technology to fill in-demand jobs. We wanted to provide the best programs we could to meet those needs, which is why we sought and achieved the ABET accreditation."
ABET accredits college and university programs around the world in the disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology at the associate, bachelor's and master's degree levels. ABET began as the educational standard against which professional engineers in the United States were held for licensure. Today, after more than 80 years, ABET's standards continue to play this fundamental role and have become the basis of quality for more than 40 disciplines all over the world.
There are 44 engineering technology programs accredited by ABET in the state of Ohio. However, only nine of the 23 two-year community technical colleges in the state have ABET accredited engineering technology programs.
Developed by technical professionals from ABET's member societies, ABET's criteria is focused on what students experience and learn. Sought worldwide, ABET's voluntary peer-review process is highly respected because it adds critical value to academic programs in the technical disciplines, where quality, precision and safety are of the utmost importance. ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
"This accreditation puts these engineering technology programs at COTC in a new league. Students will know they are graduating from quality programs that are going to teach them the skills they need to succeed, and employers are going to have the kind of workforce they need to fill the positions they have available in our region," said COTC Interim Dean for Engineering Technology Whit Tussing.
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.
Middle photo: COTC President
Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D., speaking at news conference; bottom photo: Dr. George Sehi, COTC consultant, speaking at news conference.