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Featured Instructor Elizabeth Eyster, MPH, RDMS (AB), RVT, RDCS (AE)

Beth Eyster

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Technology

Beth Eyster stands next to an ultrasound machine.

In recognition of Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month this October, COTC celebrates the impact that the many alumni, current students and faculty of its diagnostic medical sonography technology program have on the lives of their patients.

Instructor Beth Eyster started teaching at COTC in 2011 as part of the diagnostic medical sonography technology (DMS) program. She teaches many course topics including basic sonography scan skills, human anatomy, echocardiography, abdominal sonography and sonographic physics. She also serves as the clinical coordinator for the DMS program. 

Student Spotlight

Denise Turner

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Technology

Denise Turner smiling for a portrait.

In recognition of Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month this October, COTC celebrates the impact that the many alumni, current students and faculty of its diagnostic medical sonography technology program have on the lives of their patients.

Denise Turner has not had a clear-cut path to her dream career. As a matter of fact, she originally earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Culture from New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho. Now she is redefining the possibilities for her career and her life at COTC.

Featured Instructor Kim Gates, AAS, BSN, MS

Kim Gates

Surgical Technology

Kim Gates

Associate Professor Kim Gates is not only a registered nurse, but earned a Master of Science in Nursing and specialized professional certifications in the field (CNOR – specialty professional nursing certification for patient care before during and after surgery and C.S.T. – certified surgical technologist). That translates to classroom expertise and being able to offer COTC surgical technology students exactly what they need to know to get a job and continue to succeed in their career. 

Student Spotlight

Adiza Okine

Information Technology

Adiza Okine in the classroom at COTC.

From Africa to Ohio, Central Ohio Technical College student Adiza Okine has found a supportive community that will help her achieve her career goals. After moving to Newark five years ago, she realized that she could pursue a degree in information technology thanks to COTC’s campus being just fifteen minutes from her home with her aunt.

“I chose IT software development and programming because I want to be an IT specialist in software and coding. Also, my dad and brother are technicians, so it’s like technology runs in the blood,” said Okine.

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Bonnie Buchanan

Business Management Technology

Assistant Professor Bonnie Buchanan

Professor Bonnie Buchanan has been teaching at Central Ohio Technical College for more than 17 years. She teaches at the Newark campus and online in a wide range of business topics from introductory courses to software application to team building. Over her years at the college, she has designed and implemented many courses and served as a faculty mentor. Buchanan is also a U.S. Navy Veteran and COTC alumna. 

Student Spotlight

Jacob Ward

Digital Media Design Technology

Jacob Ward and his wife, Emi.

Thirteen years after starting a degree at a different college, Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) student Jacob Ward is pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in Digital Media Design Technology to redefine his career.

“I like the idea of creating and bringing something to life for someone,” he said. “I’d love to work with a sports team to help develop their website or help design their merchandise.”

Ward began working on his degree in spring 2021 with the full support of his wife and three kids.

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Julie Newhouse

English and Communications

Julie Newhouse headshot

Julie Newhouse has been a part-time faculty member at Central Ohio Technical college since 2006. She teaches speech courses, including Small Group Communications, Public Speaking and Fundamentals of Communication. She also works as a lecturer and adjunct faculty at three other universities in central Ohio, volunteers at the Licking County Library and is a homeschool group elementary art teacher.

Student Spotlight

Nicole Wells

Business Management Technology

Nicole Wells and her dog.

COVID-19-related life changes caused many to struggle to find balance with their children being at home, but Nicole Wells, mother of five and grandmother of three, found it to be the opportunity she needed to complete the Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) degree she originally began in 2013.

“I chose to pursue my degree so I can be a better role model to my children, and I really wanted to finish what I started,” said Wells.

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Eric Jorrey

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Instructor Eric Jorrey

Instructor Eric Jorrey has been teaching sociology courses at COTC since 2015. His classes are available at the Newark and Pataskala campuses and online. He frequently publishes and presents research in sociology. Recent topics incluce ”Know Your Rights: DACA and DREAMers,” ”Giving Thanks: Myths and Realities of American Indian Issues and Rights,” and “Get Out the Vote!”. His research interests include social constructionism, racial and ethnic intergroup relations, juvenile delinquency, gender and crime, and marriage and family, among others. 

Student Spotlight

Lexi King

Associate of Science

Lexi King

Lexi King is a high school senior that recently joined the ranks of COTC alumni. King attended COTC through College Credit Plus (CCP) and graduated with an Associate of Science this month, a few weeks before getting her high school diploma from East Knox High School. 

“I’m really proud,” she said about her accomplishment. “In the beginning, I was a little hesitant because I was a [high school] junior going into college classes — a real college student. It’s a lot different than high school. The experience opened my eyes to what I can do.”

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Gary Johnson

Fire Science Technology & Fire Science Technical Rescue

Gary Johnson standing next to his dog on a snowy trail.

Associate Professor Gary Johnson has been teaching full time at COTC since 2013. Prior to teaching, he was a firefighter and paramedic with the Marysville Fire Department from 1980 to 2012, serving as assistant chief from 1987-2000 and chief from 2000-2012. He is also a U.S. Air Force Veteran.

Student Spotlight

Reina Arey

Nursing Technology

Reina Arey

From a young age, Reina Arey wanted to be a nurse. Back then, she was in awe of the nurses who cared for her younger siblings in the NICU. Today, it is the nurses braving the COVID-19 pandemic who continue to inspire her as she pursues a nursing degree at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC).

“Nurses have a desire to help people. When someone is hurt, nurses can nurture them back to a healthy state,” she said as she explained her appreciation for the profession.

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Robert Johnson

Human Services Program

Headshot of Instructor Robert Johnson

Instructor Robert Johnson began teaching at COTC in 2018 and has classes at all four COTC campuses – Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala – and online. His schedule includes a variety of courses from the human services student’s first semester to their last. He is a U.S. Navy veteran, COTC alumnus and Licensed Independent Social Worker.

Featured Instructor

Kimberly Goudy

Business Management Technology

Headshot of Professor Kimberly Goudy

Professor Kimberly Goudy started teaching at COTC in 2002. She teaches entrepreneurship, management and marketing courses at the Newark and Knox campuses and online. She has presented at more than a dozen national and international conferences and made appearances on NBC4. 

Student Spotlight

Clair Fink

Digital Media Design Technology

Clair Fink

Clair Fink went away — far away — to college right after she graduated from high school. But after one year, she realized it was not the experience she expected. With the financial burden of attending an out-of-state university weighing heavy on her mind, the Zanesville resident returned home and transferred to Central Ohio Technical College (COTC). Now she’s in her final semester of the digital media design technology program.

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Whitney Reese

Radiologic Science Technology

Whitney Reese

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 works at Licking Memorial Health Systems. Reese is also a COTC alumna and participates in the COTC Alumni Council.

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James Jarc

Digital Media Design Technology

Assistant Professor James Jarc started teaching at COTC part-time in 2014 and then became a full-time faculty member in 2018. He is a Level II Google Certified Educator and has several micro-credentials in areas such as special education, curriculum design and online instruction. Prior to teaching, he owned a firm that offered creative and technical services to clients across the country. 

Student Spotlight

Kennard Haynie Jr.

Information Technology

KJ standing outside

Just a few years ago, information technology (IT) student Kennard Haynie Jr., known as KJ, would lay his head down at night in his Baltimore, Maryland, home thinking that higher education would always be just a dream for him. After leaving family, friends and an unhealthy lifestyle in Maryland, Haynie moved back to Ohio for a fresh start. While riding as a passenger in his friend’s car he noticed Central Ohio Technical College’s (COTC) Pataskala campus, and Haynie realized that his dream could become a reality that would lead to the life he wants.