NEWARK, Ohio, April 28, 2016 – As we celebrate the 45th anniversary of Central Ohio Technical College (COTC), we are also celebrating the 45th anniversary of a program that has been offered at COTC from the very beginning. The radiologic science technology program, known in 1971 by some as "X-Ray Technology" was one of the six degree programs that you could complete at COTC when it first opened.
Diane Snow of Newark graduated in 1976. It was her class that pioneered the evolution of the three-year program to two years that is still in place today.
"I graduated from Coshocton High in 1974 and then came over here right away to do the x-ray program," said Snow. "I always knew I wanted to go into something in the medical field, but I wasn't sure what. So I decided to give that a try. I met my husband when I was in school because we did our clinicals over at Licking Memorial, and he worked there in surgery and recovery. He's still there. We have been married for 38 years now."
Snow recently retired from Mount Carmel East where she was a supervisor in radiation and oncology. Over the years, many COTC radiologic science technology graduates have used their degree to care for people in their communities. Faith Todd of Logan graduated in 2008 and is now the director of radiology at Hocking Valley Community Hospital. Mara Weber of Lancaster graduated in 2005 and is now a pharmacist at Grant Medical Center. Both women say the COTC degree changed their lives.
"The education I received from COTC was instrumental in my career. The instructors taught students the value of a strong work ethic and the importance of professionalism within our field," said Todd. "The depth of knowledge that we were given during our instruction and the emphasis on patient care was beyond compare. I consider myself very fortunate to have been educated by some of the best instructors in our field."
"It was the experiences I had in the degree program that helped me decide to take my medical career further and pursue pharmacy," said Weber. "I obtained such a great foundation and real-world experience at COTC with the resources the campus had available. I was able to easily transfer to The Ohio State University and complete a bachelor's degree with help from my COTC professors."
The Radiologic Science Technology Program at Central Ohio Technical College combines extensive classroom, laboratory and clinical learning situations to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely practice radiology.
"The radiology program at COTC made me who I am. It made me focus on who I was and who I wanted to be as a person and professional," said Weber. "This program pushed me out of my comfort zone and made me realize what great things were out there for me. The professors and instructors cared about all of us and encouraged us at all times. I still keep in touch with those professors, and they continue to encourage and influence my professional career."
"While at times the hard work was overwhelming, I have found that the experiences I had through the COTC program abundantly prepared me for my career. It also motivated me to look beyond 'simply' taking x-rays by making the patient's needs a priority and balancing the two in order to provide quality care and imaging," said Todd.
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.