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Education to fit your goals.

College Credit Plus makes it possible to earn college and high school credits at the same time. Eligible students in grades 7-12 can earn college credit through COTC for free.

Earn a certificate or an associate degree. Our career programs are meant to help you get immediate employment upon graduation or you can start your bachelor’s degree here with a transfer degree. We partner with many four-year universities to easily transfer COTC credits to continue your education.

Return to COTC after one or more years. If you previously attended COTC, we are excited to welcome you back and help you get back on track to achieve your goals.

Keep college credits you earned somewhere else. Check out Transferology and let us help you review how close you are to completing a certificate or associate degree with COTC. Take a few classes with COTC as a visiting student to transfer back to your home institution.

Advance or change your career. You may be eligible for college credit based on an existing credential through the state of Ohio One-Year Option or your professional, and/or military experience and training.

Military and veteran students may have some additional benefits available to you. We can help you work through the admissions process and the forms you may need to complete to receive them.

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Upcoming semester start dates

  • Spring Semester 2023 – Jan. 9, 2023
  • Summer Semester 2023 – May 15, 2023
  • Autumn Semester 2023 – Aug. 23, 2023

Earn Credit for What You Know

Not all learning happens in the classroom.

Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) recognizes that college-level learning can happen outside of a college classroom. We value your life experience by turning it into college credit that can be applied toward a certificate or degree.

If you have an industry-recognized credential, professional licensure, significant work experience, and/or complete an approved exam in a designated subject area, you may be eligible for college credit without taking a college course.  


Return to COTC

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We can review your college credits to see how close you are to completing a certificate and/or a degree.


College Credit Plus

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If you’re a high school student now

College Credit Plus (CCP) is an opportunity to earn both high school and college credits at the same time — at no cost to you. Students who are eligible to participate in CCP can pursue, and in some cases complete, a certificate or an associate degree while in high school.