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New Flag and Flagpole to be dedicated at Pataskala Campus

‚ÄčAs part of the celebration of Central Ohio Technical College's (COTC) 45th anniversary, a new flag and flag pole will be flying at the Pataskala campus. A dedication ceremony will be held on August 4 at noon during the Pataskala Campus Advisory Board meeting.

"The flag was donated by Annin Flagmakers of Coshocton," said COTC President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D. "COTC has an extended campus location in Coshocton, so this is a wonderful example of how COTC is connected across its campuses and its communities. We are very grateful to Annin Flagmakers for the donation."

Annin Flagmakers is a family business that has been making our country's symbol since 1847.  The Annin Flagmakers facility in Coshocton is 152,000 square feet and manufactures sewn stripe U.S. flags, U.S. stick flags and patriotic decorations and flags. It employs more than 150 people.

"Annin is another great example of the strong local partnerships COTC has across the communities we serve," said COTC Director of Development Matt Kelly. "We are very appreciative that Annin donated this flag to the Pataskala campus and is part of the COTC family."

COTC has been interested in placing a flag at the campus for quite some time. When plans started coming together for the 45th anniversary celebration, it was decided that the flag would be the physical representation of the 45th anniversary on the Pataskala campus.

The flag will be flown for the first time during the dedication ceremony.  Building Supervisor Jim Wright will hoist the flag, and then members of the Pataskala Campus Advisory Board will say the Pledge of Allegiance. A commemorative plaque will be placed at the base of the flagpole to identify that the flagpole was placed in honor of the 45th anniversary of the college.

This also comes at a special anniversary for the Pataskala campus. September 20 marks the 10 year anniversary of the first day classes were held at the extended campus. The Pataskala campus has grown significantly during its first decade; enrollment has nearly doubled. With an autumn 2015 enrollment of 489, Pataskala is COTC's largest extended campus. It is home to The Institute for Public Services and Safety which manages the law enforcement, criminal justice, basic police academy, forensic science, fire science and emergency medical services programs, as well as the human services program and early childhood education.

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.