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WDIC Receives Innovation of the Year Award

​​NEWARK, Ohio, April 13, 2017 – The Workforce Development Innovation Center (WDIC) at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) was presented with the League for Innovation in the Community College Innovation of the Year award at the League's 2017 Innovations Conference last month in San Francisco, California.

Established over 30 years ago, the League's Innovation of the Year award was devised as a way to recognize significant innovations for member colleges. The innovations reflect capstone achievements and the spirit of innovation and experimentation upon which the League was founded.

"I was humbled and honored to accept the Innovation of the Year award on behalf of the college and the Workforce Development Innovation Center," said WDIC Director Vicki Maple. "At COTC, we have an important mission to meet the technical education and training needs of students and employers in the area. The WDIC is committed to that mission and diligently devising new and innovative ways to accomplish it as we engage in the communities we serve and continue to blend education and training opportunities with business and industry input."

The Innovation of the Year recognized and celebrated the WDIC for "Leveraging the WDIC as a Solution Strategy Center."

An excerpt from the award read:

"Responding to the epidemic of the talent shortage, the WDIC has demonstrated success offering customized contract training and fulfilling the institution's mission to meet the technical education and training needs of students and employers. Alliances with economic and workforce development leaders further position the WDIC​ to explore and gauge key workforce development challenges and needs of industry, building relationships, and leading to trustworthiness as a premier training provider and as a solution strategy center that is dependably bridging the workforce gap."

The League for Innovation in the Community College is an international nonprofit organization with a mission to cultivate innovation in the community college environment. The organization fulfills its mission through conferences and institutes; online resources; research; and projects and initiatives with member colleges, corporate partners, government agencies and private foundations in support of student and institutional success.

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.