NEWARK, Ohio, January 3, 2017 – Jan. 6 is National Technology Day, a day to look to at the future of technology. Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) information technology graduates are helping to shape that future in Ohio. According to data from the Ohio Education Research Center, the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, 76 percent of COTC computer programming graduates were found employed in their field nine months after graduation. That figure exceeds the overall Ohio two-year sector rate for employment nine months after graduation by three percent.
“Technology continues to develop and change at a rapid pace, requiring a workforce with technical knowledge to design, develop, support and maintain the software, hardware and infrastructure required for quality systems,” said Information Technology Professor Connie Philips. “We make sure our students are getting the hands-on training needed so they have the skills to make an impact right away in the field.”
COTC is producing the highest paid graduates among two-year colleges in the state according to a recent ranking by PayScale. PayScale is a compensation data and software company that collects compensation and career data from individuals and uses the data to power compensation software for employers. The company has been publishing the College Salary Report since 2008. The report looks at how higher education impacts career outcomes.
Information technology is one of the fastest-growing occupations in the U.S. Information technology professionals provide support for nearly every business, hospital, educational facility and household.
“The connection of our homes, cars, appliances, devices, etc. to the Internet is already happening,” said Philips. “It is amazing to think about the things people can and will be able to control via their smart phones/devices, and how the Internet of Things will impact all areas of our lives: medical, financial, social and recreational. There are exciting times ahead of us, and COTC students are going to be a big part of it.”
COTC offers two options to obtain an Associate of Applied Business in Information Technology. The Information Technology Programming and Software Development option gives students hands-on experience with real-world information system applications. The Information Technology Specialist option prepares students to support information technology users, maintain computer systems and networks, and write basic programs through hands-on projects. Spring semester begins Jan. 9. Information about the information technology programs and how to apply is available at cotc.edu/IT.
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.