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John is an example of the non-traditional students that COTC is proud to educate year after year. He is a mechanical engineering technology student and currently employed at the Amazon Fulfillment Center as a material handling equipment technician.
He started at COTC in the autumn of 2015 after attending some of C-TEC's adult education classes and learning from both classmates and friends that a degree from COTC could lead to a higher paying job. John also wanted a more in-depth education. He enjoys the small, hands-on environment of the college.
John formerly served in the United States Marine Corp as a scout sniper. He is also the proud father of a 17-year-old son and 15-year-old daughter.
"I decided to go back to school to give my kids someone to look up to, a role model," John said. "Since I started at COTC, my son has become a straight-A student and is a college credit plus student here." In fact, the two will be taking a class together during the summer semester.
Along with his academics, John is very involved on campus as the president of the Society of Engineering Technology, a COTC Student Outreach Officer for Student Government Executive Council, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council member and Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge student organization member.
"It's about paying it forward and meeting new people," he said.
John's involvement on campus has led him to be sponsored by COTC for the Young Leaders of Licking County program. He was also chosen to represent COTC at the 2016 Propel Ohio Leadership Summit, a leadership program launched in 2015 that promotes civic engagement and inspires undergraduate students to grow into civic leaders.
"I was ecstatic about being chosen to represent COTC at the Propel Ohio Leadership Summit. I was even happier that I was chosen along with my best friend, Braden Patchett," he said. "It is an honor."
John plans to finish his mechanical engineering technology degree and perhaps get a few more degrees from COTC before moving on to Franklin University for his bachelor's and master's degrees in performance technology instructional design. His end goal is to come back to COTC to teach project management.