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LLI Program Celebrates History on September 1

Central Ohio's senior population, ages 55 and over, are invited to attend a program on September 1 at 10:00am on the Newark Campus of Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) which includes a tour of the past, present, and future of the institution as COTC celebrates both its 45th Anniversary and also 5 years in partnership with the Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI). The two-hour program will include a walking tour and educational component, concluding with a cake celebration.

"Everyone who registers for the September 1 event will receive a complimentary copy of the college's anniversary book so they may enjoy learning about the history of the institution that has provided a future for the Lifelong Learning Institute," explained Vicki Maple, director of the Workforce Development Innovation Center and Lifelong Learning Institute. "One of our own LLI members, Dr. Carolyn Wulfhorst, is actually one of the authors of this book."

The event is open to any senior in Central Ohio who might be interested in exploring the senior learning opportunities available through the Lifelong Learning Institute or those who are eager to tour and review the history of the campus as it has developed over the decades.

The LLI offers a year-round menu of programs, including 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.

"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 event begins at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 1st in the Reese Center on the Newark Campus of Central Ohio Technical College and Ohio State. The address for the Newark campus is 1209 University Dr., Newark, OH 43055. The event is free to any Central Ohio senior, 55 or older. All participants will also receive a free catalog and gift. Participants are encouraged to RSVP by August 29th. Call 740-364-9565, email VMaple@COTC.edu or apply online at www.COTC.edu/LLI

"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.​