NEWARK, Ohio, May 17, 2017 —Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) is awarding 40 scholarships, each valued at half of the annual tuition cost, to new students who enroll in an engineering technology degree this autumn semester.
"This is a win-win situation for students and employers in central Ohio. Employers in the region need engineering technicians to fill positions they have available," said Professor Whit Tussing. "This is a thriving career field, and COTC graduates are finding high-paying, quality jobs quickly because employers know the kind of qualified graduate the college produces. We're offering this scholarship to help students get the degree they need to get a great job."
According to data from the Ohio Education Research Center, the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, 79% of COTC engineering technology associate degree graduates were found employed in Ohio nine months after graduation between 2008 and 2013. State data also shows that 92% of COTC manufacturing engineering technology and civil engineering technology graduates were employed in Ohio nine months after graduation.
The college admission application serves as the student's application for this scholarship. The student must indicate a major choice in one of the engineering technology programs. Qualifying majors include architectural engineering technology, civil engineering technology, electrical engineering technology, mechanical engineering technology and manufacturing engineering technology. The free admission application is available online at cotc.edu/apply.
For full-time students, the value of the scholarship is $2,200 and will be applied to autumn 2017 and spring 2018 tuition; part-time students receive a prorated amount. Scholarships will be awarded to 40 students who demonstrate academic achievement through a high school or college grade point average of 2.00 or higher, documented on transcripts submitted with the admission application. The scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. Autumn semester classes begin Aug. 22, 2017.
Four of COTC's engineering technology programs are internationally accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology (ETAC/ABET). To learn more about the degrees and certificates available in engineering technology, visit cotc.edu/engtech.
All students are encouraged to file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at fafsa.gov annually to maximize their overall financial aid eligibility. For more information, contact the COTC Financial Aid Office at 740-366-9435.
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.