90% Finding Jobs in Ohio Nine Months after Graduation
NEWARK, Ohio, April 3, 2017 – Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) is marking National Public Health Week (NPHW) by celebrating the accomplishments of its graduates who go into healthcare careers. During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association (APHA) brings together communities across the United States to observe NPHW. It's a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. For over 20 years, APHA has served as the organizer of NPHW. Every year, the association develops a national campaign to educate the public, policymakers and practitioners.
"It is very important for our students to be aware of NPHW and learn about some of the issues that they might face in their careers. Our students are part of the next generation in the healthcare industry," said COTC Dean of Health Sciences Sandy Walker. "They are graduating from COTC and getting jobs in our local communities and across the state. They are directly impacting lives."
Between 2008 and 2013, 90 percent of COTC's licensed practical nursing (LPN) graduates were found employed in Ohio nine months after graduation. That figure exceeds the overall Ohio two-year college sector rate for LPN employment nine months after graduation by seven percent.
In nursing technology, COTC offers several points of entry into the workforce: associate degree nursing for licensure as a registered nurse (RN), practical nursing certificate for licensure as a licensed practical nurse (LPN), LPN to RN transition and state-tested nurse aide (STNA). COTC also offers associate degrees in other healthcare fields. Students can earn degrees in diagnostic medical sonography, health services technology, radiologic science technology and surgical technology.
"We're very proud of the contributions our graduates are making in the healthcare industry," said Walker. "We know their education and training are helping them make a positive impact."
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.