NEWARK, Ohio, Aug. 3, 2017 — When 36-year-old Scott Miller of Granville started in the civil engineering technology program at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) in 2015, he thought he was returning to school to get a degree which would help him get a job after he graduated. Miller didn't realize he would be able to get job experience in his field while he was in school.
"I was able to meet employers at an engineering technology networking session on campus and make connections for an internship," said Miller. "The internship has been the most beneficial tool that I have been given since I've been here. I have learned so much and am getting job offers already, and I'm not even out of school yet."
Miller's internship was part of the Ohio Means Internships & Co-ops Program (OMIC 3) at COTC and The Ohio State University at Newark. The Office of Career Development applied for the grant program through the Ohio Department of Higher Education. Students are offered a $1500 scholarship upon successful completion of co-op or internship. Employers match the money through a paid internship or in-kind contribution. The goal of the OMIC 3 program is to increase the number of internships and co-ops for employers and students in key industries to close the skills gap, increase student completion and give Ohio a competitive advantage in the global human capital talent marketplace.
"It was really a wonderful opportunity to use the skills I was learning in the classroom out in the real world," said Miller. "I had no idea the opportunity to do this even existed."
Miller is doing his internship at WSP, an internationally-known engineering firm based in Columbus. He is working with WSP on the Morse-Hamilton Road intersection project in Columbus and learning many skills that are applicable across the industry.
Miller also used other resources available through the Office of Career Development on campus. He attended a workshop on interviewing skills and worked with the office to update his resume.
"I encourage students to take advantage of all of the resources the Newark campus has to offer," said Miller.
The Office of Career Development and Experiential Learning Services provides students and graduates with individualized career planning and consultation with job search strategies, labor market information, assistance in preparing quality resumes and cover letters, help in developing effective interviewing skills, information on employers' expectations, and career assessment for undecided students. For more information on OMIC 3 or to schedule an appointment, contact the office at 740.366.9453 or email Derek Thatcher , manager of career development.
Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark have forged an outstanding array of educational opportunities for the central Ohio region and beyond. This partnership is viewed as a model for higher education in the state of Ohio. At Central Ohio Technical College, students gain hands-on, applicable experience to begin working in the field, or to transfer those credits toward a bachelor's degree program. The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that's challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State's more than 200 majors.