Submit Nominations Now for the Global Business and Education Awards

NEWARK, Ohio, Sept. 18, 2017—Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) is now accepting nominations for global business and education awards to be presented at the Global Business & Education Conference on Friday, Oct. 20, on the shared campus of COTC and The Ohio State University at Newark, 1209 University Drive, Newark. The event is sponsored by the Workforce Development Innovation Center (WDIC) at COTC, along with partnering organizations Leadership Ohio and the Columbus Council on World Affairs. Awards will be presented by COTC President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D., as a precursor to the keynote program featuring Google's Erin Teague, virtual reality product lead for YouTube.

While global outreach is growing, leaders throughout the Buckeye State are making strides to ensure that the world is within reach for Ohioans. Efforts are fueled by impassioned employees, students and organizations, leading to greater integration into the social and economic fabric of the global society. The global business and education awards will recognize those who are blazing the trail in this area.

Global award categories:

President's Award for Leadership in Global Education – One individual or organization will be honored for programming and measurable results in global workforce preparedness through education. The award recognizes a leader and their organization for preparing students and/or employees for the global workforce.

President's Award for Leadership in Global Business - One individual or organization will be honored for programming and measurable results in the area of global impact through business outreach and expansion. The award seeks to recognize a leader and their organization for positioning their business to meet global demands.

President's Award for Future Global Leadership - One student will be honored for leadership potential and accomplishments in the area of global workforce preparedness through education. The award seeks to recognize a student leader for globally focused achievements and future endeavors. The student may be an Ohio-based high school or college-aged student.

Nominations forms are available at www.cotc.edu/wdic and can be submitted through Oct. 1 to VMaple@cotc.edu or by mail to Vicki Maple, Central Ohio Technical College, 1179 University Dr., Newark, Ohio 43055.

The conference theme "Your Role in the World Economy: How to Lead, Compete and Win!" will bring together education, business and industry leaders in a forum that explores worldwide social impacts and economic structures as we grow together into the future to prepare and advance our current students to work and thrive as part of a skilled global workforce. In addition to opening and closing plenary sessions and the keynote, a myriad of breakout sessions will be offered during the conference such as "The World in Your Classroom," and "Making Globalism a Job Skill Strength," to "Skills Initiative for Building a Workforce," and "Blending Business/Industry & Technical Education." Early registration discounts are available now for a $99 conference rate. The first 50 students to register will attend for free. Registration is available online at www.cotc.edu/wdic.

For more information, contact: Vicki Maple, M.Ed., COTC vice president for workforce development, community affairs & extended campuses at VMaple@COTC.edu or 740.364.9565.

COTC is grateful to the following conference sponsoring partners: Columbus "Business First," Ohio Means Jobs Licking County, Licking County Foundation, Licking County Jobs & Family Services, Grow Licking County, Coshocton Foundation, Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County, and TrueCore Federal Credit Union.

The WDIC develops customized training programs and tailored technical courses that provide innovative, strategic solutions to specific challenges within business and industry; helping their workforce to develop the skills, knowledge and abilities they need to succeed. Customized contract training ranges from technical skill enhancement and safety certifications, to soft skills development and preparation for professional designation exams.

COTC was ranked number one in Ohio and number 19 in the nation by PayScale in its 2016-17 College Salary Report ranking the best community and career colleges by salary potential. 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. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.