Celebrating 50 Years

Reflecting on our past; celebrating the present; redefining the future.


Central Ohio Technical College’s 50th anniversary celebration will be a special opportunity to:

  • reflect on the last five decades of growth and accomplishment;
  • honor the many stakeholders who have helped shape the institution;
  • increase public awareness of the college’s role in strengthening our community; and
  • celebrate what lies ahead as we look forward to the college’s next 50 years as a leading provider of an accessible, affordable and high-quality education for the diverse community of learners in Licking, Coshocton and Knox counties.

Throughout the 50th celebration, several events will take place on and off campus. Follow this page to find out more about our upcoming events beginning in July 2021, read about some outstanding alumni accomplishments, and witness a snapshot of how members of our campus community will give back in a variety of activities.

Enjoy this video in which President John M. Berry, PhD, shares some very special plans for the 50th anniversary celebration. Watch.

Read about our history.

Save the dates:

  • Saturday, October 9, 7:00 p.m. – Family-friendly drive-in movie featuring the original 1971 film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”

    • Big screen outdoors, in the parking lot between the Warner Center and Adena Hall
    • Bring your own blanket and chair
    • Lots of COTC giveaways and complimentary popcorn, candy, ice cream
    • Get your photo taken with Willy Wonka!
    • Free and open to the public

COTC announces 50th Anniversary Ice Cream Flavor

COTC and Velvet® Ice Cream Partner

Three scoops of berry rumble ice cream with berries on top in a glass cup

Central Ohio Technical College and Velvet® Ice Cream are collaborating on a delightfully sweet venture to celebrate the college’s upcoming 50th anniversary.

In spring 2021, the college received almost 1,000 votes in a public campaign to select a limited-release new Velvet Ice Cream flavor that will be produced exclusively for COTC’s 50th anniversary. The winner – Berry Rumble – a fruity blend of strawberry, blueberry & blackberry ice cream will be available at all COTC 50th anniversary events, autumn semester welcome week activities and for purchase at Velvet’s Ye Olde Mill in Utica.


COTC seeking nominations for 50 Notable Alumni

For almost 50 years, Central Ohio Technical College graduates have made significant contributions to their professions and communities. They are viewed as rising stars by their managers and peers and are established professionals acknowledged for their expertise. Here’s an opportunity to put them in the spotlight and share their story.