Short-Term Certificate
One-Year Certificate


Being an entrepreneur means having the ability to identify opportunities and take them from idea to implementation. Whether that be starting a new business or a new venture in an existing business, having an entrepreneurial spirit is a key ingredient to success in any career. The entrepreneurship certificates introduce students to key concepts applicable to entrepreneurship and running a start-up company. 

COTC offers two certificates in entrepreneurship.

The Entrepreneurship Short-Term Certificate can be completed in just two semesters (less than a year) and provides an introduction to entrepreneurship and business management, microeconomics, marketing and financial practices.

The Entrepreneurship One-Year Certificate builds upon the short-term certificate with additional courses in accounting, human resources, PC applications and business law.

Both entrepreneurship certificates allow students to focus on the skills that will help them progress in their careers and help them develop companies that serve customers with a dedication to the needs of owning a small business.

Students who complete either or both of the entrepreneurship certificates are well on their way to completing the Associate of Applied Business in Business Management Technology


Talent Ready Grant

The Talent Ready Grant is offered through a partnership with the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) to support students who have financial need, are enrolled in a short-term certificate that may be completed in less than one year (less than 30 credit hours), and leads to a certification or a workforce credential in an in-demand job or career. The grant is intended to assist in covering the cost of tuition and fees (up to $2000) and is a limited fund that will be awarded until funds are exhausted. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take classes online or face-to-face?

The entrepreneurship certificate can be completed fully online or face-to-face. 

How quickly can I complete an entrepreneurship certificate?

The entrepreneurship short-term certificate takes two semesters to complete at part-time enrollment. 

The entrepreneurship one-year certificate takes four semesters to complete at part-time enrollment. 

Where can I find a list of classes (plan of study) for the program I want to study?

Each program at COTC has a plan of study that lists the courses students take to complete a certificate or degree. 

Entrepreneurship Short-Term Certificate Plan of Study

Entrepreneurship One-Year Certificate Plan of Study

What type of financial assistance is available to help me pay for college?

COTC awards $1 million in scholarships to students each year.

Every student is encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for grants, scholarships and loans. 

Students who complete a FAFSA are automatically considered for some scholarships. Other scholarships require an application. 

Connect with the Office of Student Financial Services at 740.366.9435 or email NWK-studentfinancialservices@mail.cotc.edu.

Can I pursue an associate degree after I complete the certificate?

Students are encouraged to continue with COTC and complete an associate degree in business.

How do I get started at COTC?

Help us learn more about you by visiting our Future Students webpage, then follow the COTC Steps to Enroll to get started.