About COTC


Aerial shot of COTC Campus

Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) is a state-assisted, post-secondary institution of higher education offering associate degree and certificate programs. COTC was chartered by the Ohio Board of Regents in 1971 and has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1975. The COTC service district includes Licking, Knox and Coshocton counties.

COTC is committed to unlocking the full potential that lives within each student. We award associate degrees and certificates in high-demand fields to get you into a career quickly. COTC also awards transfer degrees that start you on your path to a bachelor’s degree. Whatever your goal, we equip you with the knowledge and confidence to (re)define what’s possible.

“Our goal is to meet students where they are and to do our best to offer each student an educational experience that works best for them – allowing them to choose their preferred academic delivery method – whether that’s on campus, hybrid, hy-flex, remote or online.“  - COTC President John M. Berry, PhD

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Office of the President

President John M. Berry, PhD

President John Berry

John M. Berry, PhD, assumed the role of COTC president on January 1, 2019, and is the college’s second sole president. He was unanimously selected by the COTC Board of Trustees after a nationwide search.

Having previously served as director of student life at COTC, Berry returned to the college after positions at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, North Carolina; Rhodes State College in Lima, Ohio; and most recently, BridgeValley Community and Technical College in Montgomery, West Virginia.


Board of Trustees

The COTC Board of Trustees is charged by the Ohio Legislature with the responsibility of governing the college. Appointees of the board of trustees shall be qualified electors residing in the Central Ohio Technical College district. By charter granted by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, the legal district of the college consists of the contiguous counties of Licking, Knox and Coshocton. The term of office shall be three years, and the board shall consist of nine members.


Commitment to Diversity

Diversity supports the mission of Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark. Respecting and promoting diversity is vital to the education of our students and to the learning environment of our campus community. We foster an atmosphere where each of us is valued for our intellectual and cultural perspectives, increasing our ability to reflect critically and resolve challenges. We share a wealth of experiences that strengthens us individually and as a society. As students and educators, we commit to building a diverse and engaged community.


Campus Locations

COTC has four campuses plus online courses to meet you where you want to learn.

Start a degree or certificate at any campus. You’ll also find help from an academic advisor as well as tutoring, computer labs and library resources no matter where you attend.

We look even better in person. We highly recommend a campus visit. Seeing the campus is an important part of your decision. You will be spending a lot of time here! To schedule a tour, see what admissions events are upcoming or explore our four campuses virtually, click here.


Campus Departments

Get contact information and other resources for many of the departments of Central Ohio Technical College.


College Policies

Central Ohio Technical College approves, issues and maintains all college-wide policies using a consistent process and format. A college-wide process provides continuity, ease of access and understanding, and transparent guidance to the college community. Contact Jan Tomlinson, executive assistant to the president, at tomlinson.88@mail.cotc.edu​ or 740.364.9510 with questions about policy content or how a policy applies.


History of the College

Central Ohio Technical College opened in 1971. The college offered six associate degrees in one building. Today, COTC helps thousands of students every year in more than 50 programs achieve their full potential at four campus locations and online.


Celebrating 50 Years

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

Celebrating 50 Years

Central Ohio Technical College’s 50th anniversary celebration is 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.