Community Outreach and Events


Central Ohio Technical College strives to support and empower students to develop the knowledge, skills, values and abilities needed to become engaged participants and leaders in their local communities. And, by investing in partnerships with our community neighbors, we invest in our own future.

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Licking County Public Art Photo Contest

Community members are encouraged to submit photos of public art in Licking County for a photography contest. The contest opens May 1, 2024, and submissions will be accepted until July 31, 2024. The winning photos will be part of a permanent display on the Newark campus in the newly renovated Louella Hodges Reese Hall.

Fireworks explode over the campus while onlookers watch from the campus lawn.

Independence Day Concert and Fireworks

In collaboration with our generous community sponsors, the Gilbert Reese Family Foundation, Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark warmly welcome you to the Independence Day Concert and Fireworks held annually on July 3. The evening’s celebration begins with live music and local food vendors leading up to the crowd-favorite fireworks display.

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Blue Line Superhero Run

5K, 10K and 1-Mile Family Fun Run

The Blue Line Superhero Run, a collaboration between COTC and the Licking County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO), honors law enforcement personnel as they begin National Police Week. Proceeds from the Blue Line Superhero Run will benefit COTC’s Officer Thomas W. Cottrell Jr. Award for Character and Dedication to Public Service and the LCSO’s Stuff the Backpack fund.


Public Art

Statues on the Newark Campus

Our campus is filled with public art in the form of 18 life-size bronze sculptures, most of which have been generously donated by J. Gilbert and Louella H. Reese, through their Thomas J. Evans Foundation. Take a walking tour of campus to see them all, or enjoy the images below.

Dr. James Knights speaks to an audience at the 2023 Community Intercultural Relations Conference.

Community Intercultural Relations Conference

Join us for a transformative day of being inspired by renowned speakers, engaging in thoughtful dialogue, and learning cutting-edge evidence-based best practices for driving change in organizations and communities. Leave with actionable tools that will help you shape an organization and community that genuinely serves and embraces everyone. 

2019 Legends of Loyalty

COTC Legends of Loyalty

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.

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The John Gilbert Reese Center

Conference and Event Facility

Offering unparalleled, customized service in concert with state-of-the art technology, the beautifully designed John Gilbert Reese Center is the ideal site for you next event.