Newark, Ohio, November 23, 2015 — On November 20, 2015, students in Central Ohio Technical College's fire science technology program took their first step toward becoming a firefighter. The following students, grouped by hometown, received state certification for completing Firefighter I and Firefighter II training at the Ohio Fire Academy (OFA). Students also earned 16.5 credit hours toward an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science Technology from COTC.
- Ashville: Nicholas Hammond
- Baltimore: Travis Turley
- Canal Winchester: Austin Lynch and Travis Lynch
- Mansfield: Austin Yeater
- Pataskala: Andrew Burgess
- Pickerington: Vincent Pritchard
The COTC fire science technology program awards an associate degree and, through agreements with OFA and Career and Technology Centers (C-TEC) of Licking County, firefighter certification that is eligible for college credit and financial aid. COTC has the first associate degree program in Ohio to be granted Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) recognition by the National Fire Academy. Additionally, COTC offers portfolio review in which previous education, training and life experiences are reviewed for the purpose of granting college credit.
Central Ohio Technical College 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.