We must each answer the call
I firmly believe that in our greatest challenges our greatest strengths are revealed. Now, due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we all face unprecedented challenges. While the full impact of COVID-19 is still unfolding, we do understand and recognize that every aspect of your lives, and our work at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC), has been impacted.
First and foremost, please know that the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and communities is always our highest priority. Following Gov. Mike DeWine's Stay-At-Home Public Health Directive, COTC transitioned all of our business functions to a modified model. All employees, except a few essential to business continuity, are providing college services remotely. All classroom instruction had already transitioned to a remote format. Accomplishing these critical changes took immense collaboration and creativity on the part of our faculty and staff, and my thanks to all for your continued dedication to COTC's educational mission.
While difficult, these were the right decisions.
To our students, we are committed to delivering an outstanding technical education. It will just be done differently. Please be patient with us. Work directly with your faculty. They remain steadfast in their commitment to you.
To our thousands of alumni, especially those serving on the front lines of healthcare and first-responder services during this crisis, your selfless example makes each of us proud to be associated with COTC. We thank you.
And finally, to our community partners and friends, please note that we are here for you. We'll do whatever we can to support you and be with you when this crisis is over.
COTC has always been, and will always be, a college that is deeply intertwined with the welfare of the communities we serve. And now, perhaps more than ever, we need to stand together. I ask that each of you answer the call to do your part in this time of crisis.
Please join me in doing whatever you can to support our communities and first responders in a positive way. Contribute to COTC's emergency fund for students, donate blood, contribute to the United Way or other non-profit organizations, purchase gift cards from local establishments, or simply encourage and uplift the spirits of your friends, neighbors and colleagues through a text, phone call or skype.
COTC invests wholeheartedly in our students, but also in our community, and we pledge to leverage all of our resources to turn these current obstacles into opportunities. Though challenges may continue, we will move forward together, confident in our individual abilities and certain of our collective strength.
John M. Berry, Ph.D.
The “Legends of Loyalty” award was established by the Office of the President to identify and recognize the recipients' dedication and commitment to the college. It spotlights individuals who have, over the years, made a significant impact on the history of the college, and have gone above and beyond their required duties and proven unselfish allegiance.
To view all recipients of this award, click here.