In celebration of National Radiologic Technology Week® this November, COTC recognizes the vital work of faculty, students and alumni.
Assistant Professor Whitney Reese has been teaching at COTC since 2009. She serves as the radiologic science technology program’s clinical coordinator and is the faculty advisor of the Radiologic Science Technology Student Organization and COTC’s Ohio Delta Chapter of Lambda Nu National Honor Society for Radiologic and Imaging Sciences. In addition to teaching, she is a registered radiographer through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and worked at Licking Memorial Health Systems for 15 years until May 2021. Reese is also a COTC alumna and participates in the COTC Alumni Council.
Associate of Applied Science Radiologic Science Technology from COTC
Bachelor of Radiologic Science Technology from Oregon Institute of Technology
Master of Higher Education and Student Affairs from Ohio University
2020 Newark Advocate’s “20 under 40”
2018 John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award from League for Innovation in the Community College
2016-17 COTC Teaching Excellence Award
2014 Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Science Invest in the Future Award
2013 Licking Memorial Health Systems MVP of the Year Award
2012 COTC Transitions Alumni Award
2010 COTC Technologist of the Year from Licking Memorial Health Systems
How did you become involved in radiologic science technology?
As a high school student, I was intrigued by the profession. I was influenced by my father who always wanted to pursue this career but never did.
What do you like most about teaching at COTC?
I love the small class sizes and ability to work with students in a very individualized manner. The campus is beautiful, and we have an excellent program supported by the Gateway, faculty and staff.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I am most proud of the award I received in 2017, the COTC Teaching Excellence Award. This is an award that is student-driven and being selected to receive this award is a great accomplishment. There is nothing more rewarding than knowing you are making a difference in the lives of so many other people.
What advice do you have for students?
My advice to students would be to dig deep within yourself to find your passion in your career. Set manageable goals and be prepared to focus a lot of time on your education. If you can discipline yourself for a short period of time, you will earn an education that nobody can take away from you which will benefit you for the rest of your life! Getting your education is well worth the time, effort and money. It WILL pay off.
What sets COTC apart from other colleges?
There are many aspects about the COTC campus that sets it apart from other institutions. COTC is a fully accredited institution with programmatic accreditation in many programs as well. COTC not only provides students with exceptional didactic education but also hands-on clinical experience in diverse clinical settings. The radiologic science technology program at COTC holds a 100% pass rate on the national credentialing exam as well as a 100% job placement rate. Employers highly recommend COTC graduates and have responded to employer surveys in a positive manner.
What interests, hobbies or talents do you have outside of
I absolutely love gardening and canning produce from the garden.