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Senior Citizens Attend 2016 Senior Living Expo

NEWARK, Ohio, May 23, 2016 – More than 200 senior citizens in the region participated in the 2016 Licking County Senior Living Expo on Thursday, May 19 on the Newark campus of Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and The Ohio State University at Newark. It was presented in partnership by the Licking County Aging Program (LCAP), the Licking County Task Force on Aging (LCTFA) and the Lifelong Learning Institute​​ (LLI) at COTC. The event was free and open to the public.

"It's incredible to see all the opportunities that are presented to the senior community at the expo," said LLI Director Vicki Maple. "It's really a wonderful opportunity for our senior citizens to experience so much of what is available to them in the region."

The expo started at 9 a.m. and ended at noon. It was held in the John Gilbert Reese Center, 1209 University Drive, Newark, Ohio. There were 50 vendors/exhibitors at the event. Each one presented a door prize. There was also a Senior Café included this year, complete with a coffee bar, bottled water, fresh baked cookies and entertainment with 'Rick & Sue.'

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The partnership between the Licking County Aging Program (LCAP), the Lifelong Learning Institute at Central Ohio Technical College, and the Licking County Task Force on Aging (LCTFA) is a new collaborative bringing each agency together to deliver one quality product.

"Our seniors are so important," said Maple. "This event is just one way we can make sure they are connected with everything central Ohio has to offer, so they can really enjoy their senior years and be active in our community."

The Lifelong Learning Institute is operated through Central Ohio Technical College. It provides educational options for experienced learners of Central Ohio; providing opportunities to broaden and expand knowledge, share life experiences, become more attuned to community resources, and interact socially with other lifelong learners. LLI offers a year-round menu of courses, as well as lectures, writing workshops, a film study series, book discussions, and "Coffee & Conversation" events that focus on the topics of interest to area seniors. To learn more visit: www.cotc/edu/LLI

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.